Reave the Just and Other Tales
By Stephen R. Donaldson
(Spectra, Hardcover, 9780553110340, 384pp.)
Publication Date: January 5, 1999
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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.
Stephen R. Donaldson is the bestselling author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever; The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant; The Gap Cycle; Daughter of Regals and Other Tales; Mordant's Need; and other works, including a mystery series under the pseudonym Reed Stephens. He is the recipient of the first prize of the British Science Fiction Society and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.
Praise for the works of bestselling author Stephen R. Donaldson:
"Donaldson proves that he is as adept at the short story as he is at the novel and that he has a versatility that few had previously guessed....Stories are fresh, original, and, in a couple of cases, simply superb....Exciting fare for Donaldson fans and the uninitiated alike."
--Rocky Mountain News on Daughter of Regals and Other Tales
"I don't think that books like this come along more than a few times in a lifetime. I thought I was too old to be struck with wonder again. No, it doesn't happen often. With all my heart I'm delighted, excited."
--Marion Zimmer Bradley on The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever
"The essence of Donaldson's artistry--and the key to his success--is his ability to construct narrative crescendos that build and build and keep on building, unremittingly, until they have reached a pitch which no composer of texts has ever attained before."
--Interzone on The Gap Cycle
"The Mirror of Her Dreams is an impressive...performance. Mr. Donaldson has created a galaxy of idiosyncratic, neatly described characters....[Its] greatest success lies in the complexity of its language, a fit vehicle for the intricate plot. Mr. Donaldson's style--shimmering and full of ambiguities and puns--resembles the curved mirrors of Mordant."
--The New York Times Book Review