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.


  • 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.
  • A paperback (possibly a trade edition for the AUS/NZ market?) from HarperCollins the 19th of October 2017 with ISBN 9780008274665. (doesn't appear to be available yet?)
  • 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 HarperCollins the 19th of October. Length: 22 hours and 13 minutes withASIN B0752XZQ6S. Read by Arthur Morey, John Lee, Katharine McEwan, Kim Mai Guest, Elliot Hill, Steve West, Richard Brewer, Nicholas Guy Smith, Kirby Heyborne (this is still tentative information)
  • An unabridged audio edition from Random House Audio the 10th of October 2017 (length 22 Hours and 14 Minutes or 25 hours and 2 minutes depending on source) ISBN 9780525492702
  • A US hardcover limited edition from Subterranean Press late 2017/early 2018, designed to match their earlier such edition of "Rogues". The print run consists of 300 numbered copies of the limited edition ($250) and 26 lettered copies ($750), both signed by the authors and the editor. It also features cover art, story heading illustrations for each tale and full-colour plates for the Martin and Lynch stories by Ken Laager.




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