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By George R. R. Martin

All new and unique to this anthology, the twenty-one tales in Dangerous Women contain paintings by way of twelve New York Times bestsellers, and 7 tales set within the authors' bestselling continuities-including a brand new "Outlander" tale by way of Diana Gabaldon, a story of Harry Dresden's global via Jim Butcher, a narrative from Lev Grossman set on this planet of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella through George R. R. Martin in regards to the Dance of the Dragons, the tremendous civil warfare that tore Westeros aside approximately centuries sooner than the occasions of A video game of Thrones.

Also incorporated are unique tales by means of Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lawrence Block, Carrie Vaughn, S. M. Stirling, Sharon Kay Penman, and more.

Writes Gardner Dozois in his advent: "Here you can find no hapless sufferers who stand via whimpering in dread whereas the male hero fights the monster...Instead, you will discover sword-wielding ladies warriors, intrepid girls fighter pilots and far-ranging spacewomen, lethal lady serial killers, ambitious lady superheroes, sly and seductive femmes fatale, lady wizards, hard-living undesirable women, woman bandits and rebels, embattled survivors in Post-Apocalyptic futures, lady deepest Investigators, stern woman placing judges, haughty queens who rule international locations and whose jealousies and goals ship hundreds of thousands to grisly deaths, bold dragonriders, and lots of more."

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