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A nice overview of the Swords Series at TOR.com

A nice overview of the Swords Series at TOR.COM

Quite a fun read, especially how it relates to D&D..

Swords and Ice Magic

First published in 1977 by Ace as a Paperback

The sixth of the Swords series (In the Lankhmar chronology), it introduces Cif and Afreyt and of course Rime Isle.

Notable Editions: First edition is Ace no. 79166-2. Gregg Press HB. George Prior HB, plus Audiobook and Kindle.

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)

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Swords of Lankhmar

First published in 1968 by Ace as a Paperback

The fifth of the Swords series (In the Lankhmar chronology). A novel in it’s own right, though parts did appear as Scylla’s Daughter in Fantastic. The Ace edition contains a Map which appeared in Amra magazine.

Notable Editions: First edition is Ace no. H-38. Rupert Hart-Davis HB. Gregg Press HB. George Prior HB, Audible and Kindle.

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)

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Swords Against Wizardry

First published in 1968 by Ace as a Paperback

The fourth of the Swords series (In the Lankhmar chronology). This contains the only part of the Fafhrd and Gray Mouser series not to be written by Leiber, 10,000 words of The Lords of Quarmall by Harry Fischer around 1936.

The Two Best Thieves in Lankhmar is a humourous look at the male dominated world of Heroic Fantasy.

Stardock is a great story, with both adventure, humour and a touch of romance.  The moment when we realise the mountain is alive is one of those times of awe and wonder in the series, and one of my favorite moments.

It also contains a diagram of Stardock by Jeff Jones.

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)

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Swords in the Mist

First published in 1968 by Ace as a Paperback

The third of the Swords series (In the Lankhmar chronology). The second part of the book Adepts Gambit is taken from the story of the same name in Nights Black Agents.

Available as Kindle and Audiobook

Review by Mervi

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)

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Swords Against Death

First published in 1970 by Ace as a Paperback

The second of the Swords series (In the Lankhmar chronology). Based on Two Sought Adventure which was published in 1957, but fits it into the chronology just after the time of Ivrian and Vlana’s deaths. Also contains the first appearances of Ningauble and Sheelba.  These are some of the oldest Lankhmar tales he wrote and stories like Bleak Shore and Jewels in the Forest have a distinctly Lovecraftian feel.  It still suprises me how fresh these stories feel given that many pre-date the second world war.

The circle curse works well as a bridging piece and Bazaar of the Bizarre remains a classic piece, though it’s tone clearly sets it as a later Leiber story.

Note, Two Sought Adventure is retitled Jewels in the Forest.

Review at The Quill and Keyboard

Review at Stainless Steel Droppings

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)

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Swords and Deviltry

First published in 1970 by Ace as a Paperback

The first of the Swords series (In the Lankhmar chronology) containing stories mainly pertaining to the childhood and finally the meeting of Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser in the Nebula award winning story Ill met in Lankhmar.

Review at SF Site

Review by The Little Red Reviewer

Review at Conceptual Fiction

Review at The Quill and Keyboard

Review by Bruce Durham

Notable Editions: First edition is Ace no. 79170. Gregg Press HB. Mayflower also did a box set. George Prior HB. Also available as Kindle and an Audiobook

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)

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