A new anthology celebrating the witches and sorcerers of epic fantasyâfeaturing stories by George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Megan Lindholm, and many others!
Hot on the heels of Gardner Dozoisâs acclaimed anthology The Book of Swords comes this companion volume devoted to magic. How could it be otherwise? For every Frodo, there is a Gandalf . . . and a Saruman. For every Dorothy, a Glinda . . . and a Wicked Witch of the West. What would Harry Potter be without Albus Dumbledore . . . and Severus Snape? Figures of wisdom and power, possessing arcane, often forbidden knowledge, wizards and sorcerers are shapedâor misshapedâby the potent magic they seek to wield. Yet though their abilities may be godlike, these men and women remain humanâsome might say all too human. Such is their curse. And their glory.
In these pages, seventeen of todayâs top fantasy writersâincluding award-winners Elizabeth Bear, John Crowley, Kate Elliott, K. J. Parker, Tim Powers, and Liz Williamsâcast wondrous spells that thrillingly evoke the mysterious, awesome, and at times downright terrifying worlds where magic reigns supreme: worlds as far away as forever, and as near as next door.
FEATURING SIXTEEN ALL-NEW STORIES:
âThe Return of the Pigâ by K. J. Parker
âCommunity Serviceâ by Megan Lindholm
âFlint and Mirrorâ by John Crowley
âThe Friends of Masquelayne the Incomparableâ by Matthew Hughes
âThe Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror: Chapter Two: Jumping Jack in Loveâ by Ysabeau S. Wilce
âSong of Fireâ by Rachel Pollack
âLoft the Sorcererâ by Eleanor Arnason
âThe Governorâ by Tim Powers
âSungrazerâ by Liz Williams
âThe Staff in the Stoneâ by Garth Nix
âNo Work of Mineâ by Elizabeth Bear
âWidow Makerâ by Lavie Tidhar
âThe Wolf and the Manticoreâ by Greg Van Eekhout
âThe Devilâs Whateverâ by Andy Duncan
âBloomâ by Kate Elliott
âThe Fall and Rise of the House of the Wizard Malkurilâ by Scott Lynch
Plus George R. R. Martinâs classic story âA Night at the Tarn Houseâ and an introduction by Gardner Dozois
Praise for The Book of Magic
âIn The Book of Magic, you get everything you expect and more! Assembling seventeen great authors in one place is a difficult job but this book, with a lot of help from editor Gardner Dozois, does just that. . . . This compilation is a treat for any who love a good fantasy tale.ââGeeks of Doom