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Sword and Sorceress III

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,069 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The Evolution of Women’s Fantasy · Marion Zimmer Bradley
Dragon-Amber · Deborah Wheeler
Enter the Wolf · A.D. Overstreet
Valley of the Shadow · Jennifer Roberson
The Song and the Flute [Cynthia] · Dorothy J. Heydt
Journeytime · Dana Kramer-Rolls
Orpheus · Mary Frances Zambreno
Scarlet Eyes · Millea Kenin
The River of Tears · Anodea Judith
Fresh Blood · Polly B. Johnson
The Mist on t
Paperback, 285 pages
Published July 1st 1986 by DAW (first published 1986)
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Good collection! I adore this series. I remember being in elementary school and seeing a few volumes of S&S in the school library but feeling like it was too advanced for me (plus my very religious parents would have freaked). There's definitely a nostalgia factor! I am trying to read these in order whenever I get that hankering for some Sword and Sorcery so I can see the evolution of the series.

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Not bad. Took me a long time to get into it, because the first story is long and plodding and poorly-written. I initially coveted this one because it has the very first appearance of Mercedes Lackey's Tarma and Kethry, who were my childhood favorite protagonists (and are still pretty high on the list). It's got some really excellent stories in it, but it also has more than a couple of duds, which seem to be front-loaded in the book - I didn't like many of the first stories, but all but one of th ...more
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthology
As problematic as MZB is, this specific book will always hold a special place in my heart, since it's the book that first introduced me to Mercedes Lackey and the joy of discovering new authors through anthologies. As a result, I have "met" so many amazing new (to me) authors. I looked forward to each new S&S book, always finding someone new to read more of.
Anna Marie
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0-own, 1980-1989
Another great collection of stories about powerful women.
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I've perhaps said this before, but anthologies are always a grabe-bag. Some good. Some Bad. Usually most contian a mixture of the good, the bad with occasional true stinkers or beautiful gems shining forth. Sword and Sorceresss 3 has far more gems than it does 'bad' stories. Indeed i"m not sure I'd call any of them bad, though some of them are more or less memorable.

This volume is fascinating for it's exposure of talent that was than new, but which went on to great prominent(Elizabeth Moon and m
Jan 06, 2016 added it
Shelves: anthology, 2015, 1998
Dragon-Amber • (1986) • novelette by Deborah J. Ross [as by Deborah Wheeler ]
Enter the Wolf • (1986) • shortstory by A. D. Overstreet
Valley of the Shadow • (1986) • shortstory by Jennifer Roberson
The Song and the Flute • [Cynthia, Daughter of Euelpides] • (1986) • shortstory by Dorothy J. Heydt
Journeytime • (1986) • novelette by Dana Kramer-Rolls
Orpheus • (1986) • shortstory by Mary Frances Zambreno
Scarlet Eyes • (1986) • shortstory by Millea Kenin
The River of Tears • (1986) • shortstory by Anod
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great collection of 20 short stories of women in fantasy settings (one more sci-fi than fantasy though) weither they be wielding a sword in battle or conjuring magic each has her own strength and character.
As each story is written by a different author there is a small introduction to each written by Marion, and a brief explanation as to why their story was chosen to be published in this edition.
I completed reading this over a long period of time, allowing myself to read other books in betwe
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I was very interested to learn more about the feminist fantasy movement. I discovered the existence and the historical importance of this movement only recently, even if I grew up reading novels of Marion Zimmer Bradley and Jennifer Robertson. This anthology of short stories is a good introduction. It is rather interesting that all the main authors belonging to this movement lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and I find rather intriguing to be living where my favorite childhood authors wrote th ...more
Toni Zavadil
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Actually recently got vol. I but this wouldn't let me choose that one so... There is also a volume entitled Sword and Sorceress without a number that is different. Marion edited the first of these up until the late teens or early twenties volumes when Elizabeth who worked with her took over when Marion became ill and eventually passed on. These are available, some with different covers so beware when collecting. As a fan of Sci Fi/Fantasy and short stories it is great to discover authors you lik ...more
Oct 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Found this by way of the Introduction to Mercedes Lackey's 'The Oathbound'. And I dislike starting a story in the middle; I want to read 'Sword Sworn' which is the prologue to this first book of the Vows and Honor trilogy. ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
A few more stories in this one were enjoyable and interesting. Enough to continue to next book.
Aug 09, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy
This book contains a short story by Mercedes Lackey called "Sword Sworn" which tells the sotry of hoow Kethry and Tarma of the Oathbreakers duology met. I've been meaning to read this book for years. ...more
Sean Talbot
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
this had the best story from all of the anthologies. this had the first tarma and kethry story
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Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.

Bradley's first published novel-length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds. When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Ham

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