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

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

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

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