Three new stories . . .
"Counting Crows" by Mercedes Lackey
In Lady Gwynhefar's dark, lonely court, her only ally was noble Sir Elloran, a warrior willing to fight for her honor. But would her powerful spell capture his heart -- or tumble the kingdom into chaos?
(Strong heroine overcomes culturally sanctioned violence against women.)
"Drusilla's Dream" by USA TODAY bestselling author Rachel Lee
Every night Drusilla Morgan dreamed of courageous and handsome Miles Kennedy. Their quest: to battle evil and find true love. Yet when the sun rose, would Drusilla's fantasy man become a reality.
(An oddly charming tale of two people struggling to communicate.)
"Moonglow" by Nebula Award-winning author Catherine Asaro
In a world where kings married for magic, Iris was required to wed the prince--despite the spell that kept him deaf, mute and blind. Healing her bridegroom would take a power greater than any she'd ever known.
(A different slant on the uses of magic and how personal committment to each other can overcome overwhelming odds.)
Three wonderful stories by three wonderful fantasy writers--this was my first exposure to Rachel Lee and Catherine Asaro, and I will be reading more of both. The Lackey story would be even more amazing as a true novel (I'd love more back story on the main characters).
others have detailed the gist of the three stories very well. My main thing I want to get across is that in the first story, Counting Crows by Mercedes Lackey, the heroine, is brutally RAPED by her husband, in shocking detail.
I was not expecting that in a romance, and it ruined the entire book for me. If reading disturbing scenes like that would bother you, then I highly suggest you either skip this book or at least skip Miss Lackey's story.
This is three authors who have published short novels, all science fiction/fantasy, plus romance. Stories are ok, I liked the one by Lackey the best.
While all the stories were not always fairytale happy, they did have happy endings and I enjoyed all three.