Sanctuary - Thieves' World Omnibus Author:Robert Lynn Asprin Three books in one: Thieves' World, Tales From the Vulgar Unicorn, and Shadows of Sanctuary — What happens when such outstanding authors as Poul Anderson, Marion Zimmer Bradley, John Brunner, C. J. Cherryh, Philip Jose Farmer, Joe Haldeman, Vonda McIntyre, Andrew Offutt, A. E. van Vogt and others combine their talents to create a new world of he... more »roic fantasy? They invent Sanctuary, a dangerous, degenerate, and altogether engrossing city that serves as the background for some of their most exciting stories.
Here, in and around the seediest town in the Rankan Empire, you?ll meet the fascinating characters who live and die by murder, mayhem and magic. Enter the world of
One-Thumb, unsavory owner of and bartender at the Vulgar Unicorn, forced into a duel with his own double;
Enas Yorl, a wizard cursed with eternal shape-changing (he lost a fight with another wizard);
Shadowspawn, a thief whose loyalty to his teacher propels him into treason against the Prince-Governor;
Jubal, ex-gladiator and impresario of crime;
Cappen Varra, a minstrel and perhaps the sole honest man in Sanctuary;
Tempus, a Hell Hound (one of the elite royal guard), who is a servant of a particularly bloodthirsty god;
Illyra, one of the gypsylike S?danzo, a fortuneteller whose talent reveals a dreadful secret;
Ischade, a witch whose love is fatal;
Lalo, an artist whose portraits are of souls;
and other thieves, harlots, magicians and victims of the enchanting decadence that is Sanctuary.
Follow there characters through the twisting, perilous alleys of Sanctuary in 22 exciting stories, including:
?The Secret of the Blue Star?, by Marion Zimmer Bradley, in which one wizard casts a spell on another in an attempt to seize the other?s power.
?Spiders of the Purple Mage?, by Philip Jose Farmer, in which a renegade priest tries to evade the vengeance of his gods.
?The Face of Chaos?, by Lynn Abbey, in which Illyra is willing to challenge the gods to protect her guardian?s livelihood.
You?ll never forget Sanctuary - the intriguing, mind-boggling stage for the dramas of sword-and-sorcery masters.« less