Epic: Legends of Fantasy

There's a ailment within the land. Prophets inform of the autumn of empires, the increase of champions. nice beasts stir in vaults underneath the hills, underneath the waves. Armies mass. Gods stroll. the realm might be torn asunder.
Epic delusion is storytelling at its greatest and most sensible. From the production myths and quest sagas of precedent days to the mega-popular delusion novels of this present day, those are the tales that categorical our best hopes and fears, that create worlds so wealthy we lengthy to come to them many times, and that encourage us with their undying values of braveness and friendship within the face of final evil—tales that shipping us to the main historic nation-states and express us the main noble sacrifices, the main magnificent wonders.
Now acclaimed editor John Joseph Adams (Wastelands, The residing Dead) brings you seventeen stories by means of today's top authors of epic myth, together with George R. R. Martin (A track of Ice and Fire), Ursula okay. Le Guin (Earthsea), Robin Hobb (Realms of Elderlings), Kate Elliott (Crown of Stars), Tad Williams (Of reminiscence, Sorrow & Thorn), Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle), and more.
Return back to lands you've enjoyed or stopover at magical new worlds. Victory opposed to the arriving darkness isn't yes, yet one thing's for sure—your event should be epic.

Foreword by way of Brent Weeks
Introduction by means of John Joseph Adams
Homecoming via Robin Hobb
The note of Unbinding by way of Ursula ok. Le Guin
The Burning Man via Tad Williams
As the Wheel Turns via Aliette de Bodard
The Alchemist by way of Paolo Bacigalupi
Sandmagic by way of Orson Scott Card
The street to Levinshir by way of Patrick Rothfuss
Rysn via Brandon Sanderson
While the Gods Laugh by way of Michael Moorcock
Mother of All Russiya by way of Melanie Rawn
Riding the Shore of the River of Death via Kate Elliott
Bound Man via Mary Robinette Kowal
The Narcomancer by way of N. okay. Jemisin
Strife Lingers in Memory by way of Carrie Vaughn
The Mad Apprentice through Trudi Canavan
Otherling through Juliet Marillier
The secret Knight through George R. R. Martin

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The cultists, who had been refused admittance to Independence Stadium to venerate the Ball, when they’d arrived with blistered and bleeding feet from California several months after the Event, erected a tent city of their own across the street from the government’s tent city, and could be seen keeping vigil day and night in all weathers, as if they expected God to pop his head out of the stadium to say hello at any moment, and didn’t want to miss it. ) The lack of information coming out of Independence Stadium did nothing to discourage media speculation, of course.

Independence Stadium itself was half-ruined, falling down, nearly abandoned. The tent cities were long gone. There was a towheaded, lazily smiling young boy with an old and probably non-functional assault rifle who was supposed to keep people out of the Stadium, but Kellenburger bribed him with a few small coins every few days, and he always winked and looked the other way. There were supposed to be cameras continuously running, focused on the Ball, part of an ongoing study funded by the University of Denver, recording everything just in case something ever happened, but the equipment had broken down long since, and nobody had seemed to notice, or care.

There was a dingy transient hotel on this side of the building, and its red neon sign blinked directly into Mason’s bedroom window, impossible to block out with any thickness of curtain. Tonight he was too tired to be bothered by it. It had been a bad day. He would not think about it, any of it. He only wanted to sleep. Tomorrow would be different, tomorrow would be better. It would have to be. He switched off the light and lay back on top of the sheet. Neon shadows beat around the room, flooding it rhythmically with dull red.

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