Reave the Just and Other Tales

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A wondeful collection of fantasy short stories from the renowned author of the Thomas Covenant series.Stephen Donaldson has been one of the world's most popular fantasy writers ever since his first million-selling Thomas Covenant trilogy in 1977. In 1990 he took a new direction with the Gap series, the bestselling sf epic acclaimed as his best work ever. Now, in his first collection since 1984, he returns to mainstream fantasy with eight stunning stories that reveal an astonishing mastery of the shorter form.Here are tales rich with exotic atmosphere, mysticism and menace, including `The Djinn Who Watches Over the Accursed', an unnerving fable about a reckless adulterer; `The Killing Stroke', in which martial-arts masters fight as champions in a great mind-battle between mages; and `Penance', a haunting story of a vampire who roams a battlefield, searching for the dying.Spellbinding, unpredictable and always entertaining, this new collection displays the remarkable imagination and extraordinary range of a writer at the height of his powers, and confirms Stephen Donaldson's position as a master of modern fantasy.

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Reave the Just marks Stephen Donaldson's return to fantasy. It's been over a decade since his last collection of short fiction, and fans of his Covenant and Gap series have been clamoring for more from their favorite author. This collection includes eight stories and novellas highlighting Donaldson's skill at creating richly defined characters tormented by doubt, pain, and ambition--antiheroes in spectacular and strange dream worlds. Check out this spectacular collection from a master of character and plot.

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Stephen R. Donaldson is known for weaving brilliant tales of worlds so real, they come vividly to life. His unique talents have placed his work among J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth stories, Frank Herbert's Dune trilogy, and C.S. Lewis's classic Chronicles of Narnia--and established him as a writer with the rare ability to expand readers' imaginations as he deepens their understanding of the human spirit.

This magnificent new collection of eight stories and novellas--three of which have never before been published--commences with the exceptional title story, "Reave the Just." This fablelike masterpiece entertains as it deftly highlights one of the major themes in all of Donaldson's work: the innate and extraordinary power of the individual to overcome adversity. "The Killing Stroke" concerns perhaps the ultimate quest for meaning and honor, as three warriors desperately attempt to escape a doorless room, a war between mages, and even death.

The morbid, soul-taking hero of "Penance" and the mysterious beggar woman in the dark fairy tale "The Woman Who Loved Pigs" are both plagued by the double-edged sword of love. And a pampered antihero is forced to make a choice between virtue and vice in "The Djinn Who Watches Over the Accursed." Boasting exotic settings and suspense fueled by sudden plot twists, the stories in this must-have anthology feature tormented practitioners of mystical martial arts, the perils of wizardry, and the exploits of imperfect heroes embarking on marvelous quests.

Most of all, Reave the Just and Other Tales is a testament to the astonishing scope of Stephen R. Donaldson's mastery of magic and myth, as well as his talent to spin unforgettably spellbinding stories. A lavish reading experience for his many fans and a superb introduction for readers just discovering him, this collection beautifully does something that only the very best fiction can: inspires readers to dream the most fabulous dreams.

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