edited by George R.R Martin and Garner Dozois
Tor, $16.99, 736pp
Release Date: February 26, 2013 (reprint edition)
These stories all appear for the first time in this volume. They include a George R. R. Martin novella from the world of his Song of Ice and Fire, a new tale of “Lord John” by Diana Gabaldon, as well as stories by David Weber, David Ball, Peter S. Beagle, Lawrence Block, Gardner Dozois, Joe Haldeman, Robin Hobb, Cecelia Holland, Joe R. Lansdale, David Morrell, Naomi Novik, James Rollins, Steven Saylor, Robert Silverberg, S. M. Stirling, Carrie Vaughn, Howard Waldrop, and Tad Williams.
There are no duds in the batch, all twenty are well worth reading. These cover the gamut from SF to crime thrillers, fantasy to historical fiction with only one thing in common - all feature a warrior of some kind. I particularly enjoyed Carrie Vaughn’s The Girls from Avenger, which is a nifty bit of historical fiction about Army WASPS during WWII and one pilot’s attempt to solve the mystery of her friend’s death.