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Legends [Turtleback]

Robert Silverberg
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April 1999
The Great Anthology of Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy

TERRY GOODKIND tells the origin of the Border between the lands in the world of The Sword of Truth, in "Debt of Bones."

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN sets his piece a generation before his epic, A Song of Ice and Fire, in the adventure of "The Hedge Knight."

ANNE McCAFFREY, the poet of Pern, returns once again to her world of romance and adventure in "Runner of Pern."

And look for Legends 1 (featuring Stephen King, Robert Silverberg, Orson Scott Card, Raymond E. Feist) and Legends 3 (featuring Robert Jordan, Ursula K. Le Guin, Tad Williams, Terry Pratchett).

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Praise for the first LEGENDS volume: 'The biggest names in contemporary fantasy have written novellas set in their most popular worlds. Fortunately, the standard matches the notion; maybe the contributors were spurred on by group rivalry' Time Out 'An essential buy for every fantasy fan' SFX

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"A stellar compilation." --Booklist (starred review)

"A dream team...Legends is the rarest of the rare--an entire collection of original short novels by top fantasy writers....Here is a dab of each writer at the top, a worthy sampler that could yield a reader someone new to enjoy." --USA Today

"There's enough color, vitality and bravura displays of mythmaking in this rich sampler...to sate faithful fans and nurture new readers on the stuff of legends still being created." --Publishers Weekly(starred review)

"I wouldn't be at all surprised if this was the best selling anthology of the year." --Science Fiction Chronicle

"This is a collection of grace, style, and substance." --Statesman Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely. May 10 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Robert Silverberg (ed.), Legends, vol. 2 (Tor, 1998)
This is water in the desert for fans of fantasy series whose books have a tendency to have a long time between releases. Anne McCaffrey (Pern), George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire), and Terry Goodkind (Sword of Truth) all contribute short novels to this volume in the Legends series, and all are well worth your time.
Goodkind's story, "Debt of Bones," leads off the trilogy, and deals with a time when Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander was much younger than he is in the Sword of Truth novels. Here, he's pitted against Panis Rahl, and must decide whether to put himself, and the fate of the Midlands, in danger in order to fulfill a debt of bones to the daughter of a deceased sorceress. One has come to expect strong storytelling and easy turning of pages from Goodkind, and he does not disappoint here. Martin's story, "The Hedge Knight," follows. Again taking place some time before the events in the Song of Ice and Fire books, "he Hedge Knight" follows the squire of a newly deceased mercenary, who has a desire to make his name in a tournament against some of the biggest names in the business (including a number of Targaryens, who at the time of this story have not yet been banished; in fact, they play a major part in the story, which should be a pleasant surprise to many Ice and Fire fans). Martin's work on this series is always a pleasure, and once again, the is no disappointment to be found here, though one wonders about the loose end to be found.
The biggest surprise of the bunch, to me, was McCaffrey's "Runner of Pern." I've always shied away from the Pern books, for no real reason.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some advice that may be helpful April 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This version of legends is divided into three parts, if you search for Robert Silverberg you can find it in one volume for about the same price, so that you get all three parts together for about a third of the price
As to the book,I can only review the second part (I made the mistake of ordering legends 2 thinking that it was all 11 stories, but it was really just three.) The three stories that were in it were:Debt of Bones by Terry Goodkind
The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin
and Runner of Pern, by Anne McCaffrey
Of the three I read, The Hedge Knight was definitely the best, it has alot of action and the grimly real, but exciting story that only Martin can provide. It is set in the Seven Kingdoms of Martin's excellent series, A Song of Ice and Fire.
Debt of Bones was good, and it showed me what type of a writer Goodkind is,(I haven't read anything by him but that, but it got me interested and I bought the first book in his series, The Sword Of Truth.
Runner of Pern was probably the one I least liked, I knew nothing about Anne McCaffrey, and it was okay, but not nearly as good as The Hedge Knight.
Be sure to buy the edition with all 11 stories, I have just ordered the full edition, Most all of the writers in the 11 stories, I have read before and it is interesting to have a short work to read by them, about a different part of their world. This will also help you get aquainted with writers you havn't read before, see their writing style, and decide if you want to read more of them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! March 14 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a pretty good book. I have the complete version of it though. I liked most of the stories but I think the author's should of written more about, well, their main characters. Most of the stories had nothing to do with the book except that it's in that particular world. I don't know, I don't find that too interesting. It's kind of pointless really. Anyways, I enjoyed the stories anyways because the authors are great writers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say that hasn't been said? Nov. 23 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wow.
My dad got me this as a gift a few years ago, and i have been consistently re-reading it since. All of the stories are masterpieces, even more so in that they are all less than a few hundred pages, yet still present a rich, textured world, unique to each story. This book has led me to 5 different series, 3of which i have completed again and again (I just can't seem to find the rest of the other 2). All of the stories are exquisite.
New Spring, by Robert Jordan, last story in the book, has affected me the most. It was one of the last stories I read, not just for being last, but I have read the 7000+ page series again and again in the last few years.
I have not read the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series, but the story by Tad Williams is very complex; it took me a few readings to get the full plot. A great older read.
The Earthsea story isn't really connected to the other books, but they are good. And Ms. Le Guin has also written a few kids books.
The Hedge Knight, by George R.R. Martin, is most likely my favorite story. I haven't gotten around to reading the series yet, but it's on my list. Wonderful storytelling and action.
King, as always, is absolutely stunning. Leaving no violence or sex out, this serves as a wonderful intro or stand-alone. The Little Sisters of Eluria is a #1 first story choice.
The Feist story was a bit wierd, and kind of unfufilled. The Seventh Shrine was the last story I read. I think i was a bit put off by its length. It was worth the time, and i still have yet to pick up a book of the series.
And I won't settle for subliminal messages: BUY AND READ THE BOOK! NOW!!
Oops, I seem to have left out the Card story. It is funny, and linked to a wonderful series whose depth so far is rarely equaled in my reprtoire. The Ender series, also by the same author, is much more famous, and about par, on a totally different subject. a very funny yarn, when the rest of the series is slightly more somber.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read before reviewing
All in all, a nice little collection that adds to some of modern fantasty's more popular worlds. Any fan of the individual authors will surely enjoy this, especially as they wait... Read more
Published on Dec 22 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars In my view the best, but spurned by the rest. . .
I haven't actually read this book, so I guess that my four star rating is slightly presumptious, to say the least. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2001 by Donald McCabe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stories, One Fantastic Standout
I wasn't a fan of fantasy. Then, my cousin sent me this book and said: "Read 'The Hedge Knight'". Well now I'm hooked on George R.R. Martin. Read more
Published on May 7 2001 by E. Lafond-Favières
3.0 out of 5 stars If you can't finish a story in 3 volumes...
The book proves that writers of fantasy sagas are entirely out of their depth when limited to less than 100 pages. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2001 by Andy Yeo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legend Series
To those of you who have read the previously entered reviews of Legends 1,2, and3 and found them less than satisfactory. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2000 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Legends on two and three
To those of you who have read the previously entered reviews of Legends 1,2, and3 and found them less than satisfactory. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2000 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars George R. R. Martin proves himself once again!
5 Stars for The Hedge Knight! Most of the other stories were ok, but The Hedge Knight was amazing work, up to Martin's standard of excellence - again, perfectly paced story, with... Read more
Published on July 19 2000 by "lodengarl"
1.0 out of 5 stars Why was it made?
This book, not deserving the name of Terry Goodkind in it is a poor copy of Legends 1. with way less storys they are all quite boring ones. Read more
Published on July 8 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good, some not
All told, an enjoyable read. Terry Goodkind's story lacked his usual depth of character, but that can be expected in a piece roughly one-sixth the length of a typical Goodkind... Read more
Published on July 7 2000 by Low B
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