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Contents:* Terry Brooks - "Indomitable"* George R. R. Martin - "The Sworn Sword" * Diana Gabaldon - "Lord John and the Succubus" * Orson Scott Card - "The Yazoo Queen"* Elizabeth Haydon - "Threshold"...

Title : Legends II: Dragon, Sword and King
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ISBN : 9781435291133
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Number of Pages : 401 Pages
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Legends II: Dragon, Sword and King Reviews

  • Rhonda
    2019-04-04 19:33

    I only got this to read the George R R Martin story because it is the second in the prequels to his A Song of Ice and Fire books. I really enjoyed the continuing story of the main characters, Dunk and Egg, and look forward to his third installment.

  • Sara
    2019-04-16 17:29

    I only read the story by Elizabeth Haydon in this anthology, "Threshold", part of her Symphony of the Ages universe. It's been a long time since I read it, so I can't go into details about it, but this story is incredibly well-written. It envoked strong emotions in me. It's very rare that stories envoke stomach-clenching horror, but "Threshold" did that.

  • Michael Kant
    2019-03-26 20:25

    I picked up this anthology primarily to read the Terry Brooks contribution, and fell in love with Elizabeth Haydon's story. Her novels sometimes leave a bit to be desired, but if you only read one story of hers, make it this one.

  • Stacia
    2019-04-06 21:34

    This is a short story anthology that I own, and I think it's a great addition to my library. I purchased this book because I was actively reading the worlds of several of the authors included in the book (and I would have recommended all those I was already reading - especially George R. R. Martin and Elizabeth Haydon), and I enjoyed what I learned from these stories. I also enjoyed the introduction to those authors I had not been reading.

  • Scott M Sizer
    2019-04-23 18:20

    Only read the Dunk and Egg story. Very good.

  • Daniel
    2019-04-03 13:16

    Read this specifically for the Terry Brook's short story, Indomitable.

  • Matt
    2019-04-18 13:12

    Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King bounds together short stories from five bestselling authors in fantasy in one-half of a follow up volume to the first Legends anthology. Edited by Robert Silverberg, this collection sees returning authors such as George R.R. Martin and Orson Scott Card with newcomers Terry Brooks, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Haydon. All are connected to the author’s best known established universe; however the success of each story is how the reader quickly understands the universe connected to it.The first three stories in this volume are the best of the five, whether stand alone or part of a prequel sequence, they’re success was on how minimal the reader needed to be knowledge about the author’s established universe regardless of how long their story was. The last two stories while okay-to-good suffered from the reader trying to comprehend some aspect of the established world or in the case of one story having no clue about the importance of anything given that the story was an epilogue of an entire series.The fact that the two weakest stories of the collection finish off the book gives the overall volume a bad rap when finishing it, however the first three stories make this collection for any first-time readers of their authors. For long-time or experiences readers of any or all of these authors, these stories will be well worth the read.Individual Story RatingsA Song of Ice and Fire: The Sworn Sword by George R.R. Martin (4.5/5)Tales of Alvin Maker: The Yazoo Queen by Orson Scott Card (4/5)Outlander: Lord John and the Succubus by Diana Gabaldon (4/5)The Symphony of Ages: Threshold by Elizabeth Haydon (3.5/5)Shannara: Indomitable by Terry Brooks (2.5/5)

  • Kolya Matteo
    2019-03-28 18:19

    I've read the fantasy of George R.R. Martin, Orson Scott Card, and Terry Brooks before, and I liked their three stories. It's been over a decade since I read any of Mr. Card's or Mr. Brooks's fantasy, and I didn't enjoy their stories here as well as Mr. Martin's; I liked Mr. Card's story about Alvin Maker better than the Shannara story (although at the time, I think I liked the Shannara series better.)The Shannara story was like one of the novels in miniature: Stranger arrives in Shady Vale, takes scion of Shannara off on a quest to destroy evil, journey sequence, sneaking into the stronghold, finale. It even had a miniature version of the bad guy. Being so accelerated as to just go through the bare formula, however, is sort of like seeing the trick in a magic show. It feels flat. Diana Gabaldon and Elizabeth Haydon were new to me. Ms. Gabaldon's story was very readable, and enjoyable, although hardly fantastic (the only real element of fantasy was a mention, in passing, of a time-traveling Woman, but the story itself was simply historical fiction.) I did not like Ms. Haydon's story; I found it an unartful mishmash of stock fantasy elements.

  • Brian
    2019-04-13 18:18

    For the record, I'm only read the George R. R. Martin story in this one, library book and I don't read fast enough.I thought the story was pretty good; mostly a demonstration of how detailed the Westeros world is, and that is pretty impressive. Parts of the story were somewhat cliche, strong woman kept down in a man's world, differences in social standing getting in between people, etc. I was a bit down on the story until the last 20 or so pages, when it finally picked up. I imagine folks who are completely in love with Martin's world must love the richness of these stories, but I'm still somewhat down on the extra material in Feasts for Crows to be one of those folks.

  • Jennifer Lea
    2019-04-13 15:10

    Reslly only got it for part two of George R. R. Martin's 'Dunk and Egg' series and had I been more serious about any of the other titles, I probably would have gotten more about it. I've read Terry Brooks for years so I was very familiar with his story and as to Elizabeth Haydon, I'd like to read more from her. That's about it ... :P

  • Ilex
    2019-04-07 19:36

    I only read the Dunk and Egg tale in this (George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire) story. It was very enjoyable, continuing to set up background and backstory to the world and politics of the greater novels.

  • Joshua
    2019-04-08 21:15

    3 out of the 5 stories are pretty good, with one being great (Martin fanboy here). Others weren't to my taste. Was pleasantly suprised by the Gabaldon story. Worth tracking down if you are a fan of Martin.

  • Arezia
    2019-04-12 17:15

    I bought it for Terry Brooks and George Martin's stories. And they are really good! Plus, thanks to this anthology, I discovered Diana Gabaldon!

  • Kaycie
    2019-04-19 17:12

    I read this to get the Gabaldon short story - I am so glad I did, b/c it turned me on to George RR Martin!

  • Gabrijela Kermeci
    2019-04-03 13:29

    The Threshold and Dunk and Egg were great,others not so...

  • Sarah Battersby-lebarron
    2019-03-28 13:09

    Fun collection of short stories by some huge names in fiction/fantasy.

  • Sa'id Cortijo
    2019-04-26 19:33

    okay i guess.

  • Milenavv
    2019-03-27 13:37

    Sequel of previously great books of short stories from favourie novels

  • Nathan Sinclair
    2019-03-26 13:20

    I originally bought this a few years ago specifically to read the second Dunk and Egg story by George R.R. Martin. Decided to read the whole thing this year. I still really enjoyed the Sworn Sword, and I also liked Lord John and the Succubus, by Diana Gabaldon, though I'm not normally a fan of historical fiction. Threshold, by Elizabeth Haydon, I was a little iffy on, but it got me interested enough in the world that I'll probably check out the first book in the main series at some point. The Yazoo Queen by Orson Scott Card and Indomitable by Terry Brooks both felt pretty weak, though, and quite a chore to get through. Alternative histories regarding race always make me uncomfortable, especially given Cards reputation. Indomitable wasn't bad, but it did feel extremely dated.

  • Marko
    2019-04-04 20:29

    I got this anthology for the newest installment of GRR Martin's Dunk and Egg series, but was also looking forward to reading other stories in the book. As I am not familiar with any of the other series which these stories draw upon, I did not have any expectations of their subject or quality (well, apart from Brooks's Shanara, which I don't like very much).This part of the anthology, in total, was OK. Martin's story was pretty dissapointing. I didn't get a feeling in more than a hundred pages of The Sworn Sword that any of the characters progressed in any way, that the story will have any impact whatsoever, or that something important was shown. It mostly felt like a TV show filler episode, a random monster-of-the-week installment.Of the other stories, the only one that I liked was Gabaldon's Lord John, for its well depicted characters and atmosphere. Though I must be fair and say that the atmosphere of despair and doom was also conveyed in a very effective manner in Haydon's Threshold, and it may be just up to my current mood that I did not find it to my liking.I sincerely hope that the other part of the anthology is better than this.

  • Susan
    2019-04-20 20:36

    George R. R. Martin - "The Sworn Sword" - 5/5 Orson Scott Card - "The Yazoo Queen" - Boring. 5/3Diana Gabaldon - "Lord John and the Succubus" - Boring as fuck. 5/2Elizabeth Haydon - "Threshold" - The description of the whole series was promising, so I was looking forward to reading this one - had to be disappointed. The language she uses, Idk, it's just so... off (pompous and overcomplicated were the words I was looking for), it makes reading the story utterly tedious. I find myself distracted by the smallest thing after a couple of sentences. Skimming most of it, which is sad - a wealth of great ideas wasted, ruined by this unreadable style - maybe she should have used a ghostwriter and defo a ruthless editor. 5/1Terry Brooks - "Indomitable" - Generic fantasy characters in a LOTR-ripoff setting. Cliché riddled mediocrity. Snorefest. 5/1Overall; 5/2

  • Patrick
    2019-04-10 19:13

    I picked this up solely to read Terry Brooks' "Indomitable," which is another coda to his original Shannara trilogy. While the story itself (much likeThe Dark Wraith of Shannara ) doesn't add much to the mythology, it was refreshing to see Brooks work within the form of a short story; I wish he would do so more often.As I haven't read any of the other franchises that are featured in Legends II, none of the other stories particularly appealed to me.

  • Jenna
    2019-04-05 16:26

    I like anthologies. It's a great way to get a glimpse of an author's style without committing to an entire novel, which can sometimes turn into a horrible, dragged out experience. I picked up this particular one to read the short story by Terry Brooks, which was a post Wishsong of Shannara event. Of course, I loved it. I had also been curious about all of the other authors and may even have to read a few of them now. =)

  • Mary
    2019-04-17 19:19

    read: "The Yazoo Queen" alternate-history/fantasy by Orson Scoot Card; I was not impressed.read: "Lord John and the Succubus" by Diana Galbaldon,; it was very consistent with The Outlander series. read:"Shannara" by Terry Brooks, adequate fantasyread: "The Sworn Sword" by G R R Martin, excellent! my whole reason for the Legends series.

  • Rick Ludwig
    2019-04-15 16:24

    I read three of the short novels in this book and enjoyed them all. I would have read more, but my son borrowed it and the due date arrived before we knew it. I read the stories by Terry Brooks, George R.R. Martin and Orson Scott Card. They were all excellent.

  • Gordon
    2019-04-24 17:11

    I picked this up from the library to read the Terry Brooks short story. It was fine, short, which was nice. I'm debating whether to continue in the series, or abandon and try someone else for a bit. Or pick TB back up later.

  • Christian McKay
    2019-03-27 15:24

    Much more consistent than the first volume, though pales in comparrisson to the best from the same. The Martin and Card stories were very good but not great. The Gabaldon, on the other hand, was fantastic. Last two couldn't catch my interest.

  • Tami
    2019-04-13 16:34

    Only read a couple of authors but the stories were great!

  • Ken French
    2019-04-24 14:15

    Again, I only read the George R. R. Martin novella. Not quite as good as the one in the first Legends. Still, Dunk & Egg are great characters and I wish there were other stories of their adventures.

  • Jacinta
    2019-03-30 20:23

    Good Dunk and Egg story, I also enjoyed the Alvin Maker story enough to pick up the next book in the series.