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Blood will flow, heads will roll, dragons will soar, and the dead shall rise.

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Journey to ancient cities ruled by sinister mages, storm-tossed seas where monsters dwell, mysterious towers full of ancient secrets, and dark dungeons with untold treasures. From Robert E. Anti-hero Elric infiltrates a band of mercenaries to match wits with a powerful sorcerer. Conan breaks into the Tower of the Elephant to steal a spectacular jewel with a dark secret. Heroes and their mighty deeds populate the pages of this delightfully kitschy, yet absorbing anthology of sword and sorcery short stories from the s onward.

Cherryh, and Caitlin R. Which happen to have a funny naming pattern. Instead take a look around for the most famous writers of the genre and pick up books from those who specifically strike you as interesting. But at least they are fun!

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Hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet. Your email address will not be published. Currently you have JavaScript disabled.

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But it turned out to be good. Really good.

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There are a couple of spells, but the whole story could have been told entirely without them, and the action scenes would have to be called hyper-minimalistic. Bit weird to read, but otherwise the story is really quite good. And I totally did not see the big twist at the end coming!


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How often does that still happen with this cliche-ridden genre? Not only is the mood quite similar as well as the protagonist, there are also several plot elements that reminded me of The Lesser Evil and The Edge of the World. Great story, a joy to read. Epistle from Lebanoi by Michael Shea : I really hate this one. Convoluted sentences crammed with as many rare, antiquated, and made up words as possible make this a tedious chore to struggle through.

Nor did I actually care. In fact, female characters are notoriously underdeveloped and typically model the damsel in distress trope. Make sure you check our our dedicated " Best Sword and Sorcery Books list ". Magic is definitely a part of the Sword and Sorcery world, but its use is generally restricted to the villains.

Sword and Sorcery Fantasy rarely has a message and rarely engages in social commentary, instead it focuses on fun, well-paced stories. The sub-genre tends to be escapist literature. Plots of Sword and Sorcery can be intricate, but they are are always action-packed excitement. Barbarians at the gate! Conflicts in the Sword and Sorcery sub-genre are violent and feature swashbuckling heroes. High Fantasy. These two sub-genres share similar characteristics, the main difference is that Sword and Sorcery stories are focused more on personal gain love, wealth , rather the grand and epic battles of High Fantasy.

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Heroic Fantasy. Both Sword and Sorcery and Heroic Fantasy are action and adventure stories in fantastic worlds; differentiating between the two can be murky. Series Fantasy. Another adventure is always possible in Sword and Sorcery and so many stories turn into series. By Robert E. Arguably, the Conan stories are the foundation of the Sword and Sorcery sub-genre. Fritz Leiber, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. One of the father's of Sword and Sorcery, Leiber's works are often imitated. This series is an example of how writers of this sub-genre infuse details from mythology and old tales.