The Book of Swords

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Cover art for the US hardcover edition of The Book of Swords, art by Steve Youll.
Cover art for the UK hardcover edition of The Book of Swords

The Book of Swords is a 2017 fantasy anthology edited by Gardner Dozois for Bantam Books that includes the Robin Hobb short story Her Father's Sword. The Book of Swords was a finalist in the 2018 World Fantasy Awards in the anthology category.


  • Introduction by Gardner Dozois
  • The Best Man Wins by K. J. Parker
  • Her Father's Sword by Robin Hobb
  • The Hidden Girl by Ken Liu
  • The Sword of Destiny by Matthew Hughes
  • "I Am a Handsome Man,” Said Apollo Crow by Kate Elliott
  • The Triumph of Virtue by Walter Jon Williams
  • The Mocking Tower by Daniel Abraham
  • Hrunting by C.J. Cherryh
  • A Long, Cold Trail by Garth Nix
  • When I Was A Highwayman by Ellen Kushner
  • The Smoke of Gold Is Glory by Scott Lynch
  • The Colgrid Conundrum by Rich Larson
  • The King's Evil by Elizabeth Bear
  • Waterfalling by Lavie Tidhar
  • The Sword Tyraste by Cecelia Holland
  • The Sons of the Dragon by George R.R. Martin


  • A UK hardcover edition from HarperCollins the 19th of October 2017 with ISBN 9780008274658.
  • An Australia/New Zealand trade paperback from HarperCollins in October 2017 with ISBN 9780008274665. (Cover same as the UK hardcover.)
  • A UK split edition paperback and ebook release in two volumes the 19th of April 2018 by HarperCollins UK
  • A US kindle edition from Bantam books the 10th of October 2017 with ASIN B01MR6HO7F.
  • A UK kindle edition from HarperCollins the 19th of October 2017 ASIN: B073YLVD4T
  • An unabridged audio book from Random House Audio the 10th of October 2017 with ISBN 9780525492702. Length: 22 hours. Read by Arthur Morey, John Lee, Katharine McEwan, Kim Mai Guest, Elliot Hill, Steve West, Richard Brewer, Nicholas Guy Smith, Kirby Heyborne, Ralph Lister, Mark Deakins and Julia Whelan. Her Father's Sword read by Katharine McEwan.
  • An unabridged audio book from HarperCollins the 19th of October 2017 with ISBN 9780008274849 / ASIN B0752XZQ6S. Other production details same as above.
  • A US hardcover limited edition from Subterranean Press in 2018, designed to match their earlier such edition of "Rogues". The print run consisted of 300 numbered copies of the limited edition ($250) and 26 lettered copies ($750), both signed by the authors and the editor. This edition also features cover art plus story heading illustrations for each tale and 2 full-colour plates for the Martin and Lynch stories by Ken Laager.



  • A Bulgarian translation Книга на мечовете from Бард in 2018, a paperback with ISBN 9789546558428.
  • An Italian translation Il libro delle spade from Mondadori the 6th of March 2018, hardcover edition with ISBN 9788804685708, also available as an ebook with ISBN 9788852085925.
  • A Polish translation Księga mieczy from Zysk i S-ka the 12th of March 2018, a hardcover with ISBN 9788381162920. Translated by Michał Jakuszewski, Dariusz Kopociński, Piotr Kuś, Agnieszka Sylwanowicz and Joanna Szczepańska.
  • A Portuese translation Crônicas de Espada e Feitiçaria from LeYa the 26th of June 2018 with ISBN 9788544107232, also available as an ebook with ASIN B07DYCH7C3. Translated by Alexandre Martins,‎ Paulo Afonso and Maria Helena Rouanet. Cover illustration by Marc Simonetti.


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