by Denise Little , P.N. Elrod , Jean Rabe , Laura Anne Gilman (Goodreads Author) , Andre Norton , Diane A.S. Stuckart (Goodreads Author) , Gary A. Braunbeck , Bill McCay , more…Susan Sizemore (Goodreads Author) , Josepha Sherman , John Helfer , Michelle Sagara West , Kristine Kathryn Rusch , Jody Lynn Nye , Laura Resnick , Von Jocks , Various …less
Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Jody Lynn Nye, P. N. Elrod, Andre Norton, Gary A. Braunbeck, Josepha Sherman, Michelle West and other tale-spinners stir up a witch's brew of original new stories that prove that cats aren't the only suitable familiars. There are dogs, and humans, and even insects that can handle the job!
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by DAW
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This anthology offers stories about the mage's faithful companion, the familiar, and promises to depart from the usual cliches with new and different interpretations. Unfortunately, it fails on this account. Most of the stories do involve cats or dogs - which seems to be to be the obvious anti-cliche of the familiar world - and the familiars generally play an expected role in the story. (There is one tale where the familiar is particularly clever, which I won't identify because it spoils the end...more