By George R. R. Martin

All new and unique to this anthology, the twenty-one tales in Dangerous Women contain paintings via 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 means of Jim Butcher, a narrative from Lev Grossman set on the earth of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella via George R. R. Martin in regards to the Dance of the Dragons, the significant civil conflict that tore Westeros aside approximately centuries sooner than the occasions of A online game of Thrones.

Also integrated are unique tales via 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 will find no hapless sufferers who stand by way of whimpering in dread whereas the male hero fights the monster...Instead, you'll find sword-wielding ladies warriors, intrepid girls fighter pilots and far-ranging spacewomen, lethal lady serial killers, ambitious girl superheroes, sly and seductive femmes fatale, woman wizards, hard-living undesirable women, woman bandits and rebels, embattled survivors in Post-Apocalyptic futures, girl deepest Investigators, stern lady placing judges, haughty queens who rule countries and whose jealousies and targets ship hundreds of thousands to grisly deaths, bold dragonriders, and plenty of more."

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