Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress XXIV
Continuing the traditions of feminist fantasy icon Marion Zimmer Bradley.
Waters ably continues the feminist anthology series founded by Bradley (1930–1999) to showcase short-form fantasy with a wide variety of heroic female characters. Of the 17 stories featured, standout selections include “A Curious Case” by Annclaire Livoti, a literary gem of a paranormal fantasy that pits a magic-practicing PI against a serial killer targeting succubae, and Julia H. West's “Soul Walls,” which brilliantly fuses magic, art and Native American mysticism. A disorganized wizard and his unhappy wife are at the heart of the charming “Merlin's Clutter” by Helen E. Davis, and a princess solves the mystery of her father's murder through a magical tapestry in Brenta Blevins's “Material Witness.” Though some of the selections are less than stellar, fantasy fans looking for original stories will find much to enjoy. (Dec.)
Release date: 11/01/2009