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Legends II

(Pern (Chronological Order))

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  3,675 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Introduction by Robert Silverberg
Homecoming by Robin Hobb
Threshold by Ellizabeth Haydon
The Sworn Sword by George R.R. Martin
The Yazoo Queen by Orson Scott Card
Lord John and the Succubus by Diane Gabaldon
The Book of Changes by Robert Silverberg
The Happiest Dead Boy in the World by Tad Williams
Beyond Between by Anne McCaffrey
The Messenger by Raymond E. Feist
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Paperback, 774 pages
Published 2004 by Voyager (first published 1998)
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Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Legends II is an anthology edited by Robert Silverberg, who has gathered together an outstanding group of diverse stories for this collection. From George R.R. Martin to Diane Gabaldon to Terry Brooks, the big name authors have seemingly jumped at the chance to be featured here, and they have produced some fine tales, running the gamut from classic fantasy to urban fantasy to alternate history to science fiction. All of which means there is sure to be something
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
The stories I read from this collection are:

'The Sworn Sword' by George R.R. Martin

In the same league as its predecessor, 'The Hedge Knight', and its successor, 'The Mystery Knight', all three of which tell tales of the hedge knight Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire Egg.

'The Yazoo Queen' by Orson Scott Card

Another interesting alternate America story about Alvin Maker and his pupil Arthur Stuart. Like 'Grinning Man', which featured Davey Crockett, this story features appearances by multiple fa
A. Dawes
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Loved Legends 1 and this was a superb follow-up.
Silverberg was a legend of the field himself so it's no surprise that he's managed this feat. These are all novellas and they are all very satisfying at that.

5** “Homecoming” by Hobb. v. clever look at what's reality and memory.
5* “The Sworn Sword" by George RR Martin. Song of Fire and Ice World. The tale of Dunk the Hedge Knight. Only Martin can entertain readers like this!
5*“The Yazoo Queen”by Orson Scott Card. People rave on about Enders Gam
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Overal this is an enjoyable anthology, especially if you know the authors and the series they write the novella's in.

Favorites Robin Hobb / George R.R. Martin / Diana Gabaldon (surprisingly)/ Tad Williams / Neil Gaiman
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-audio, quest
I can't help but give this 5 stars. Even though I'm not interested in a couple of the series/authors, they weren't bad. The best part was the extra stories for Pern and American Gods. ...more
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, anthologies
I originally bought Legends II because it contained a short story set in the Shannara world by Terry Brooks who has long been one of my favorite authors. In the intervening time that it's taken me to get around to reading it, I discovered and enjoyed The Tales of Alvin Maker series by Orson Scott Card and was pleased to see a short story by him from that world in the book. I'm only vaguely familiar with a couple of the other authors who contributed, but upon reading their contributions, I'm glad ...more
Feb 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, scifi-fantasy
I greatly enjoy fantasy stories, even if I am not very well read in the genre, so this was a blast to work through. (And it is something that one might have to "work through" - 642 pages!) My favorite stories were by the following authors: Robin Hobb, Diana Gabaldon, Tad Williams, Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Haydon, and Neil Gaiman (of course - American Gods 'verse? Yes please!). ...more
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Miloș Dumbraci
Realm of the Elderlings: Homecoming / Robin Hobb - 2/5. I find Robb an Ok writer (rather lame, but not really bad).
A Song of Ice and Fire: The Sworn Sword / George R.R. Martin 5+/5. Amazing. I read Martin in my language and thought he cannot be surpassed, but I was wrong: he can, by himself - he is much better in English. And this is a great story.
The Tales of Alvin Maker: The Yazoo Queen / Orson Scott Card. 3/5. I love the Alvin universe and its humour, but this story was much weaker (and short
David Melbie
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New to Fantasy? Try these on for size!
Recommended to David by: Picked myself
I actually read these eleven stories in the two paperback editions that were published in 2004; Legends II: Shadows, Gods, and Demons and Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King. I knew from reading the first Legends that I would not be disappointed, and I was not.

The first Legends was where I first learned of Terry Goodkind, Orson Scott Card, Robert Jordon, and Stephen King's Dark Tower horror/fantasy series. Silverberg himself was new to me, and I eventually read some of his stories as well. I am
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindled
(Dunk & Egg #2 Review) Man, I really needed this after A dance with dragons! It's beautiful in its simplicity, yet as well written as the early ASOIAF books. As a bonus, it also has a lot of back-story within about a certain raveny character who becomes pretty interesting in ADWD. ...more
C.M. Skiera
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A fantastic collection of short stories--Legends, indeed!
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robin Hobbs

As an introductory experience into reading Robin Hobbs, I am very impressed. At the beginning of this novelette she provided a summary of her works and their world. I'm intrigued to read more.

Homecoming's main character, whose name didn't appear until nearing the end, began as a pampered aristocrat. During the trip Carillion's chatter was filled with disgust at having to raise her own kids (the nanny deserted her), bemoan the fact her quarters were f
Sep 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read three of the stories in this book so far, all of which were excellent. I am going to come back and read the rest in-between other books I think. The ones I have read thus far:

The Sworn Sword - George R.R. Martin: This is a continuation of the Hedge Knight, which is set in the Song of Ice and Fire world. I love these two characters (Dunk and Egg), and both this and its predecessor are excellent stories. They read like they could be seamlessly integrated as a few chapters (each) somewher
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In some ways I thought this collection was even better than Legends I. There were several authors in this anthology whom I had never heard of and whose stories I enjoyed immensely: Diana Gabaldon and Elizabeth Haydon particularly, although Robin Hobb's "Homecoming" and Neil Gaiman's "The Monarch of the Glen" were also good. Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker story was just as good as the one in Legends I, as was Raymond Feist's Riftwar story. Feist's descriptions of military campaigns are clear and ...more
Mar 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This contains short stories by 6 authors:

# Neil Gaiman
# Anne McCaffrey
# Tad Williams
# Robin Hobb
# Robert Silverberg
# Raymond E. Feist

I hadn't read anything by Robert Silverberg before and will now track down a full length work or two of his. Anne McCaffrey was just as you'd suspect (I read about 4 of her books in the past and was sated; this story was fine, but isn't enticing me back for more). Tad Williams was better in short form than i remember his Otherland being. Robin Hobb came back into m
3.5 stars overall.

Fantastic story by Robin Hobb called Homecoming (4 stars).

The Sworn Sword (the reason I bought this anthology) was another fantastic Dunk and Egg tale (5 stars). "A sworn sword owes his lord the truth." We get some insight into Bloodraven that I can't help but think will be important later...

Enjoyed The Book of Changes by Robert Silverberg (3 stars).

The Pern story (Beyond Between) was okay (2.5 stars). I think I might have appreciated it more if I followed the books.

I really
Lora Rivera
Realm of the Elderlings: "Homecoming" by Robin Hobb - 2.5 stars

A Song of Ice and Fire: "The Sworn Sword" by George R.R. Martin - 3 stars

The Tales of Alvin Maker: "The Yazoo Queen" by Orson Scott Card - 3 stars

Outlander: "Lord John and the Succubus" by Diana Gabaldon - 4 stars

Majipoor: "The Book of Changes" by Robert Silverberg - 2 stars

Otherland: "The Happiest Dead Boy in the World" by Tad Williams - 4 stars

Pern: "Beyond Between" by Anne McCaffrey - 2 stars

The Riftwar: "The Messenger" by Raymond
Liz Freed
One of my favorite fantasy books of all time, this collection of novellas is easy to read (all the works are short!) and gives you a good overview of definitive authors in the genre. It's a good place to find new writers worth reading.

1. "Lord John and the Succubus" by Diana Gabaldon.
2. "Homecoming" by Robin Hobb.
3. "The Yazoo Queen" by Orson Scott Card.
I had a longer review written then lost it.

I only read the stories penned by Raymond E. Feist and George RR Martin. 'The Messenger' by Feist is part of his Riftwar Saga and while a well-told tale it was certainly nothing to crow about. On the other hand, 'The Sworn Sword' by Martin made me want to read the other Dunk and Egg tales, as there was enough in there to fill out a novel.

I am a fan of both these authors so I was quite satisfied with their offerings here.

I would read more but have to re
Jeremy Preacher
Dec 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sadly, Legends II lacks the consistency of its predecessor. Some of the stories are excellent - the Otherland story, the Gaiman - and some of them seem forced - in particular the Pern story and the Shannara, which, even though I have not read the novel its related to, feels like a tacked-on retread of an otherwise completed work. Overall it's worthwhile, and it's a nice range of worlds and authors, but it feels too much like a runners-up volume. ...more
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book of short novellas by top sci-fi writers is a fantastic way to check out their writing without committing to an 800-1000 page book. The stories are good, the writing top notch, and one or two of them, I hadn't actually read the series which they complement, and I think I will. If you have already read these authors, then it's a great way to revisit their worlds with new stories. ...more
Daniel Taylor
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fantasy, anthologies
The great thing about anthologies is discovering writers you know you should have read but have never got around to. That's especially true in this one, where authors offer short stories that take place in the worlds that made them famous. ...more
Maria Rose
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book of combined novellas in the Legends. This one had a few of my favorite authors plus I got introductions to some other authors, always a good thing. I am going to give a quick synopsis of each novella and author presented in this Legends book
1.Realm of the Elderlings-Robert Hobbs--This a story about the bastard son, who has been trained as an assassin and also has been discovered to have the Farseer skill, which makes him both a weapon for the king and an obstacle to anyon
Matti Tornio
Another pretty uneven collection of short fiction from some of well-known fantasy authors. There are a few nice stories here mixed in with some decidedly mediocre material and some real stinkers.

"Homecoming" by Robin Hobb (4/5)
A very enjoyable short story. I certainly liked this more than any of Hobb's full length novels.

"The Sword Sworn" by George R.R. Martin (2/5)
This is easily the weakest of the three Dunk and Egg novellas.

"The Yanzoo Queen" by Orson Scott Card (1/5)
I'm not a big fan of the a
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cheating here a bit, I only read the Lord John Grey novella in this collection.

Lord John and the Succubus is a novella in the Lord John Grey series by popular American author, Diana Gabaldon. It’s late 1757 and Major John Grey is acting as liaison to the Imperial Fifth Regiment of Hanoverian Foot with the local authorities and townspeople. Sometimes his role involves the mundane, like mediating in disputes between a soldier, a Gypsy whore and a tavern owner. Other times he carries dispatches bet
Dave Golombek
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I've read many of the series for the worlds that the short stories were set in, but it's been a long time for many of them. It was fun to revisit the worlds that McCaffrey, Feist, and Brooks created in this short form -- fond memories, and just the right amount of their writing. I've read some of Tad William's fantasy and didn't love it, but found his story set in the world of Otherland to be a lot of fun, and a series I may follow up on. The Gaiman story was great, and it was interesting to see ...more
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, war, magic
A bit of a mixed bag. I wish I'd read Robin Hobb last, as this was far too short and I just wanted more, meaning most of the others didn't quite hit that spot. All the stories seemed to be appendages to established series, and I felt I would have enjoyed them more if I was familiar with them. However my appetite has been whetted for some Neil Gaiman, (new author for me), as I thought his writing stood out above the rest. ...more
Joey V.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trogdor, 2018
I'm only reviewing Beyond Between. Haven't read the others yet. This short story deals with Life After Death for Dragonriders. I don't really like the fantasy element being added (yes, I know, whatever. Shut up) Pern doesn't need religion or ghosts. But having said that, it's a nice little story. There are callbacks to Dragonsdawn, and Runner of Pern, and a happier ending for several characters who originally didn't have one. ...more
Liss Carmody
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read the first Legends anthology, I came to this one with a better idea of what to expect. Some of the authors are repeats, some are new, and like any anthology I had my favorites and the ones I didn't care so much for. My purpose in reading this was to get access to the second Dunk and Egg story by George R. R. Martin, so I was especially pleased that it was placed early in the anthology, so I could enjoy it and then enjoy the other stories without perpetually waiting for that one.

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