CONTENTS: Introduction by Marion Zimmer Bradley; The Garnet and the Glory by Phyllis Ann Karr; Severed Heads by Glen Cook; Taking Heart by Stephen L. Burns; The Rending Dark by Emma Bull; Gimmile's Songs by Charles R. Saunders; The Valley of the Troll by Charles de Lint; Imperatrix by Deborah Wheeler; Blood of Sorcery by Jennifer Roberson; With Four Lean Hounds by Pat Murphy; House in the Forest by Anodea Judith; Sword of Yraine by Diana L. Paxson; Daton and the Dead Things by Michael Ward; Gate of the Damned by Janet Fox; Child of Orcus by Robin W. Bailey; Things Come in Threes by Dorothy J. Heydt.« less
I haven't been a huge fan of short stories because they always seem to be so-so, but this collection was fantastic. I liked every single story, although I did like some more than others. MZB definitely knew how to recognize a damn good story. It also makes me think about writers - I think writing novels and writing stories take different types of talents. Some have both but some writers have only one. And I think some of the stories I've been disappointed in lately have been written by novelists - the story seems to be missing something or feels like it should actually be a longer work. I didn't get that feeling with any of the stories in this book. They all felt like short self-contained episodes. I'm looking forward to reading the other volumes edited by MZB.