Flashing Swords! #2 Hardcover – January 1, 1973 by Lin Carter (Ed. ) (Author)

Flashing Swords! #2 Hardcover – January 1, 1973 by Lin Carter (Ed. ) (Author)

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The Flashing Swords series was editor Lin Carter's effort to provide a showcase for new fantasy short fiction, in a manner akin to that of the `Orbit' SF series of Damon Knight. The first story in the collection, `The Rug and the Bull' by Sprague de Camp, is set in the `Pusad' universe, a sort of pre-Atlantean culture where magic holds sway. The protagonist seeks to use a stolen flying carpet as the gateway to riches and fame, but winds up annoying a local mage. Michael Moorcock provides `The Jade Man's Eyes', an early Elric tale that sees our moody antihero and his sidekick Moonglum accompany Duke Avan on an expedition across treacherous seas to a tropical continent not marked on any map. Somewhere within the trackless forests is a lost city rumored to be the founding place of the Melnibonean race. As is usual when Elric tags along, the expedition runs into trouble and a favorable outcome is never assured. Andre Norton's `Toads of Grimmerdale' is set in her 'Witchworld' universe. A young woman, outcast from her village, trudges across the wintry postwar landscape, seeking shelter and a living wage. Once she finds both, her goal is revenge on the mercenary who wronged her. But enlisting the demons at the Grimmerdale Shrine for this purpose should never be done lightly, for their favors come with a price. `Brak the Barbarian' returns in John Jake's entry `Ghoul's Garden'. On his journey through a dense and wild wood, Brak comes upon threatened fellow travelers. Rescuing the damsel in distress in this party only serves to involve him in a desperate flight from a lust-crazed sorcerer. --- “We call a story Sword & Sorcery when it is an action tale, derived from the traditions of the pulp magazine adventure story, set in a land, age or world of the author's invention-a milieu in which magic actually works and the gods are real-a story, moreover, which pits a stalwart warrior in direct conflict with the forces of supernatural evil.” - Lin Carter