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Return of the Sword

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Return of the Sword is a brand new anthology of blood-pounding, spine-tingling stories by some of fantasy's most critically acclaimed Sword and Sorcery authors.

Stacey Berg, Bill Ward, Phil Emery, Jeff Draper, Nicholas Ian Hawkins, David Pitchford, Ty Johnston, Jeff Stewart, Angeline Hawkes, Robert Rhodes, E.E. Knight, James Enge, Michael Ehart, Thomas M. MacKay, Christophe

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Published (first published January 1st 2008)
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S.E. Lindberg
Highly recommended for new and veteran fantasy readers

The “Return of the Sword” is aptly titled: the Heroic Fantasy (Sword & Sorcery) genre may have originated with R.E.Howard’s Conan ~1920’s, but it is alive and well; this anthology captures the renewed direction(s).

Anthologies are a great way to discover new authors (well, new for the reader anyway). They offer a buffet of stories, so a well-done anthology should contain some stories that, despite being well written, are not what one may
I read this book after the horrible SWORDS & DARK MAGIC, possibly the worst original sword and sorcery anthology to date. RETURN OF THE SWORD was a joy to read. The writers are for the most part unknowns, some do write for various small press and online publications. Remember the feeling of reading 1930s sword and sorcery reprints from WEIRD TALES, STRANGE STORIES, and UNKNOWN? This anthology has that feel. The stories are not the most sophisticated but they live and breathe. There is a sinc ...more
This is a first class S&S anthology.I especially appreciated its cohesion and that it serves as a primer for new storytellers writing in the genre. RotS has only a few minor notes that didn't fit this symphony of heroic deeds.
Most of my favorite tales fall, either into the "Gemmellian" - heroic last stand category ("The Wyrd of War", "The Battle of Raven Kill"), or stories that fit the "concept of the outsider" ("The Red Worm's Way", "Deep in the Land of the Ice and Snow", "The Mask Oath").
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I read and have read a lot of anthologies. They’re great for “in-between-books-reading” and are perfect when you just want a story that you can start and finish in one sitting. Anthologies are also a great source for sampling different writers.

Jason M Waltz did a great job of picking out the stories to use for The Return of the Sword. Except for only one or two stories (even the ones that weren’t particularly something to my personal taste) I found these to be very well and interestingly written
Wesley Clifton
A great little anthology of sword and sorcery fiction. Honestly, there just isn't enough of the straight up, no-holds-barred, fire-and-steel sword and sorcery stuff out there these days. This was a very fun read, and that was its intention! Glad to have Rogue Blades Entertainment doing what they do, and look forward to getting some more of their stuff.
John Elwood
I really only got through the first three stories of this compilation before i was virtually slayed by a swath of purple prose.
Steve Goble
I can't really review it, because I have a story in it. Fun stuff, though.
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