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Legends 2: New Short Novels
Legends 2 New Short Novels
Author: Robert Silverberg (Editor)
ISBN-13: 9780812575231
ISBN-10: 0812575237
Publication Date: 11/1999
Pages: 379
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 65 ratings
Publisher: Tor/Doherty/Macmillan Publ
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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If you're a fan of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire (and if you're not, then that can only mean you haven't checked it out yet, and you should), you've probably heard of the "Hedge Knight," novella, which is sort of a prequel to that saga. This is a good place to get that story, as well as a prequel starring Goodkind's Zed as a young wizard.
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Goodkind's story, "Debt of Bones," leads off the trilogy, and deals with a time when Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander was much younger than he is in the Sword of Truth novels. Here, he's pitted against Panis Rahl, and must decide whether to put himself, and the fate of the Midlands, in danger in order to fulfill a debt of bones to the daughter of a deceased sorceress. One has come to expect strong storytelling and easy turning of pages from Goodkind, and he does not disappoint here. Martin's story, "The Hedge Knight," follows. Again taking place some time before the events in the Song of Ice and Fire books, "he Hedge Knight" follows the squire of a newly deceased mercenary, who has a desire to make his name in a tournament against some of the biggest names in the business (including a number of Targaryens, who at the time of this story have not yet been banished; in fact, they play a major part in the story, which should be a pleasant surprise to many Ice and Fire fans). Martin's work on this series is always a pleasure, and once again, the is no disappointment to be found here, though one wonders about the loose end to be found.

McCaffrey's "Runner of Pern" is a welcome change of pace from the two that precede it; rather than battles, jousting, and the rest, this is a quiet romantic coming-of-age tale that hits just the right spot, like a lemon ice after a boeuf bourguignon.
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I really enjoyed the stories. It made me want to read more in each of the series. I found "The Hedge Knight" to be especially touching.
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If you are not familiar with the authors, "Legends 2" is a good way to become acquainted. All three short stories will leave you with a smile.
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I would not have given this so many stars, but frankly, I can't stand Terry Goodkind and prefer novels. Got in an assortment from the UBS.
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Second of trilogy of anthologies. Terry Goodkind contributes a Sword of Truth prequel story, George R. R. Martin puts in a Song of Ice and Fire prequel story, and Anne McCaffrey contributes a Dragonriders of Pern story. All are worth reading if you like the series involved.
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The Great Anthology of Short Novels By the Masters of Modern Fantasy
Terry Goodkind Tells of the origin of the border between the lands in the world of The Sword of Truth, in "Debt of Bones."

George R.R. Martin Sets his piece a generation before his epic, A Song of Ice and Fire, in the adventure of "The Hedge Knight."

Anne McCaffrey, the poet of Pern, returns once again to her world of romance and adventure in "Runner of Pern."
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Volume 2 of a trilogy--From the back cover:
The Great Anthology of Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy

TERRY GOODKIND tells of the origin of the Border between the lands in the world of "The Sword of Truth" in "Debt of Bones".
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN sets his piece a generation before his epic, "A Song of Ice and Fire" in the adventure of "The Hedge Knight."
ANNE MCcAFFREY, The poet of PERN, returns once again to her world of romance and adventure in "Runner of Pern".