The Book of Swords (anthology)

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The Book of Swords
The Book of Swords (2017).jpg
EditorGardner Dozois
CountryUnited States
PublisherBantam Spectra
Publication date
October 10, 2017
Media typePrint (Hardcover)

The Book of Swords is an anthology of fantasy stories collected by American author and anthologist Gardner Dozois, released in print on October 10, 2017, and in audiobook on October 19, 2017.[1][2]

The Book of Swords
Audiobook edition
Media typeDigital audio (streaming)
PublisherRandom House Audio
Release dateOctober 19, 2017
Recording length22 hrs, 13 mins


George R. R. Martin clarified in January 2017 that unlike his previous anthology collaborations with Dozois, he was merely a contributor to The Book of Swords, which was edited by Dozois alone.[1] Dozois notes in his introduction that this anthology is set to focus on the fantasy sub-genre of sword and sorcery, which he notes has often been mischaracterised as "epic fantasy", and collected these stories to reassert and exemplify the sword and sorcery genre in its own right. He notes that the anthology is intentionally a collection of the sub-genre's stable of "classic" writers, such as Holland, Nix, Hobb and Martin, along with a range of newcomers to the genre, such as Bear, Tidhar, Liu and Lynch.


Title Author Narrator Notes
Introduction[3] Gardner Dozois Arthur Morey
The Best Man Wins K.J. Parker John Lee
Her Father's Sword Robin Hobb Katharine McEwan a Realms of the Elderlings story[4]
The Hidden Girl Ken Liu Kim Mai Guest
The Sword of Destiny Matthew Hughes Elliot Hill
“I am a Handsome Man,” said Apollo Crow Kate Elliott Steve West
The Triumph of Virtue Walter Jon Williams Elliot Hill
The Mocking Tower Daniel Abraham Richard Brewer
Hrunting C. J. Cherryh John Lee Relating to the Norse mythological sword of the same name
A Long, Cold Trail Garth Nix Nicholas Guy Smith
When I was a Highway Man Ellen Kushner Kirby Heyborne
The Smoke of Gold is Glory Scott Lynch Ralph Lister
The Colgrid Conundrum Rich Larson Mark Deakins
The King's Evil Elizabeth Bear Julia Whelan
Waterfalling Lavie Tidhar Mark Deakins
The Sword Tyraste Cecelia Holland Steve West
The Sons of the Dragon George R.R. Martin Ralph Lister A historical writing set in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire


The audiobook version of The Book of Swords was released on October 19, 2017. Its narrators include Arthur Morey, Katharine McEwan, Kim Mai Guest, Elliot Hill, Steve West, Richard Brewer, Nicholas Guy Smith, Kirby Heyborne, Ralph Lister, Mark Deakins, and Julia Whelan. This collection totals 22 hours and 13 minutes, and was produced by Random House Audio for HarperCollins Publishers.[5]