Reave the Just, and Other Tales: Stories

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Bantam Books, 1999 - Fiction - 370 pages
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Stephen R.  Donaldson is known for weaving brilliant tales of worlds so real, they come vividly to life.  His unique talents have placed his work among J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth stories, Frank Herbert'sDunetrilogy, and C.S. Lewis's classicChronicles of Narnia--and established him as a writer with the rare ability to expand readers' imaginations as he deepens their understanding of the human spirit.  

This magnificent new collection of eight stories and novellas--three of which have never before been published--commences with the exceptional title story, "Reave the Just." This fablelike masterpiece entertains as it deftly highlights one of the major themes in all of Donaldson's work: the innate and extraordinary power of the individual to overcome adversity.  "The Killing Stroke" concerns perhaps the ultimate quest for meaning and honor, as three warriors desperately attempt to escape a doorless room, a war between mages, and even death.

The morbid, soul-taking hero of "Penance" and the mysterious beggar woman in the dark fairy tale "The Woman Who Loved Pigs" are both plagued by the double-edged sword of love.  And a pampered antihero is forced to make a choice between virtue and vice in "The Djinn Who Watches Over the Accursed." Boasting exotic settings and suspense fueled by sudden plot twists, the stories in this must-have anthology feature tormented practitioners of mystical martial arts, the perils of wizardry, and the exploits of imperfect heroes embarking on marvelous quests.

Most of all,Reave the Just and Other Talesis a testament to the astonishing scope of Stephen R.  Donaldson's mastery of magic and myth, as well as his talent to spin unforgettably spellbinding stories.  A lavish reading experience for his many fans and a superb introduction for readers just discovering him, this collection beautifully does something that only the very best fiction can: inspires readers to dream the most fabulous dreams.

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Review: Reave the Just and Other Tales

User Review  - Dave Peticolas - Goodreads

Short stories from the inimitable Donaldson. Good stuff. Read full review

Review: Reave the Just and Other Tales

User Review  - David - Goodreads

Donaldson does not write short fiction (which he admits in the forward). But, this is a good collection of some of his good SHORTER fiction. His usual attention to character made each of the stories engaging. Well worth the read. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Woman
3
The Djinn Who Watches
41
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Stephen R. Donaldson is the bestselling author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever; The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant; The Gap Cycle; Daughter of Regals and Other Tales; Mordant's Need; and other works, including a mystery series under the pseudonym Reed Stephens.  He is the recipient of the first prize of the British Science Fiction Society and the John W.  Campbell Memorial Award.

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