Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love

During this star-studded cross-genre anthology, seventeen of the best glossy authors of fable, technology fiction, and romance discover the borderlands in their genres with brand-new stories of ill-fated love. From zombie-infested woods in a postapocalyptic the United States to faery-haunted rural fields in eighteenth- century England, from the kingdoms of excessive delusion to the alien global of a galaxy-spanning empire, those are tales of fans who needs to fight opposed to the forces of magic and destiny.

Award-winning, bestselling writer Neil Gaiman demonstrates why he’s one of many most well liked stars in literature this present day with “The factor approximately Cassandra,” a sophisticated yet chilling tale of a guy who meets an outdated female friend he had by no means anticipated to work out.

International blockbuster bestselling writer Diana Gabaldon sends a global conflict II RAF pilot via a stone circle to the time of her Outlander sequence in “A Leaf at the Winds of All Hallows.” Torn from all he understands, Jerry MacKenzie determinedly survives complication and risk, reason on his target of returning domestic to his spouse and baby—no subject the associated fee.

New York instances bestselling writer Jim Butcher offers “Love Hurts,” within which Harry Dresden takes on considered one of his deadliest adversaries and within the technique is pressured to confront the key wishes of his personal center.

Just the smallest sampling supplies unearthly delights, yet glance additionally for tales by way of manhattan occasions bestselling romance authors Jo Beverley and Mary Jo Putney, and via such legends of the myth style as Peter S. Beagle and Tanith Lee, in addition to many different renowned and cherished writers, together with Marjorie M. Liu, Jacqueline Carey, Carrie Vaughn, and Robin Hobb. This beautiful anthology, crafted through the peerless modifying workforce of George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, is certain to go away you lower than its spell.

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