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Unfettered

Tales by Masters of Fantasy

By Shawn Speakman

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An anthology of original fantasy fiction by some of the very biggest names in fantasy fiction - including Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Terry Brooks, Patrick Rothfuss, Peter V. Brett and many others

Unfettered is an anthology of original fantasy fiction by some of the very biggest names in fantasy fiction, and it also features deleted scenes from A MEMORY OF LIGHT, the final book in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.

This collection is not only a fantastic anthology in its own right, but it's a testament to the generosity found in the science fiction and fantasy community. When author Shawn Speakman fell seriously ill and was unable to pay his medical bills, that's when New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story that Shawn could sell to help alleviate those bills. He also suggested he ask the same of his other writer friends, and Unfettered is the incredible result.

Twenty-four tales comprise this superb collection, and as the title suggests, the writers were free to contribute whatever they wished.

Table of contents:

- Foreword by Patrick Rothfuss
- Introduction: On Becoming Unfettered
- Imaginary Friends by Terry Brooks
- How Old Holly Came To Be by Patrick Rothfuss
- The Old Scale Game by Tad Williams
- Game of Chance by Carrie Vaughn
- The Martyr of the Roses by Jacqueline Carey
- Mudboy by Peter V. Brett
- The Sound of Broken Absolutes by Peter Orullian
- The Coach with Big Teeth by R.A. Salvatore
- Keeper of Memory by Todd Lockwood
- Heaven in a Wild Flower by Blake Charlton
- Dogs by Daniel Abraham
- The Chapel Perilous by Kevin Hearne
- Select Mode by Mark Lawrence
- All the Girls Love Michael Stein by David Anthony Durham
- Strange Rain by Jennifer Bosworth
- Nocturne by Robert V.S. Redick
- Unbowed by Eldon Thompson
- In Favour with Their Stars by Naomi Novik
- River of Souls by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
- The Jester by Michael J. Sullivan
- The Duel by Lev Grossman
- Walker and the Shade of Allanon by Terry Brooks
- The Unfettered Knight by Shawn Speakman
- The Twilight Dragon by Shawn Speakman (bonus story for UK edition)

Biographical Notes

Shawn Speakman currently lives in Seattle, WA. After attending the University of Washington, he befriended New York Times best-selling fantasy author Terry Brooks and became his webmaster, leading to an enchanted life surrounded by words. Shawn was a manager at one of the largest Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the US for many years and now owns the online bookstore The Signed Page, manages the websites for several authors and is a freelance writer.

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  • ISBN: 9780356504421
  • Publication date: 20 Feb 2014
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Bone Driven

Hailey Edwards
Authors:
Hailey Edwards

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Babylon's Ashes

James S. A. Corey
Authors:
James S. A. Corey

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Seanan McGuire
Authors:
Seanan McGuire

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Skin Game

Jim Butcher
Authors:
Jim Butcher

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Winter's Heart

Robert Jordan
Authors:
Robert Jordan
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Jim Butcher
Authors:
Jim Butcher
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Trudi Canavan
Authors:
Trudi Canavan
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Paladins of Shannara: The Black Irix (short story)

Terry Brooks
Authors:
Terry Brooks

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Paladins of Shannara: The Weapon Master's Choice (short story)

Terry Brooks
Authors:
Terry Brooks
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Paladins of Shannara: Allanon's Quest (short story)

Terry Brooks
Authors:
Terry Brooks

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Terry Brooks
Authors:
Terry Brooks

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Terry Brooks
Authors:
Terry Brooks

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The Sword Of Shannara

Terry Brooks
Authors:
Terry Brooks

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The Elfstones Of Shannara

Terry Brooks
Authors:
Terry Brooks

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The Wishsong Of Shannara

Terry Brooks
Authors:
Terry Brooks

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The Scions Of Shannara

Terry Brooks
Authors:
Terry Brooks
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The Druid Of Shannara

Terry Brooks
Authors:
Terry Brooks
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The Elf Queen Of Shannara

Terry Brooks
Authors:
Terry Brooks

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The Talismans Of Shannara

Terry Brooks
Authors:
Terry Brooks

***50 MILLION TERRY BROOKS COPIES SOLD AROUND THE WORLD***THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES IS NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES'Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world' Philip PullmanThe descendants of the Elven house of Shannara have all completed their quests: Paranor, the Druid's Keep, has been restored; the Elves have been returned to the Four Lands; and Par Ohmsford has found what he believes to be the legendary Sword of Shannara. But their work is not yet done. The Shadowen still swarm over the Four Lands, poisoning all with their dark magic, and their leader is determined to prevent the scions of Shannara from sharing the knowledge that will end the sickness. To this end he sets his traps. For Walker, he will dispatch the Four Horsemen; for Wren, he sends an untrue friend; and for Par, he devises the most terrible fate of all...The charges given by the shade of the Druid Allanon seem doomed to failure - unless the Shannara children can escape the traps being laid for them, and Par can unlock the secret of the Sword of Shannara.Praise for Terry Brooks:'A master of the craft . . . required reading' Brent Weeks'I can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and re-read) over the years' Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind'I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara' Peter V. Brett, author of The Painted Man'If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy' Christopher Paolini, author of EragonThe Heritage of Shannara series:THE SCIONS OF SHANNARATHE DRUID OF SHANNARATHE ELF QUEEN OF SHANNARATHE TALISMANS OF SHANNARA

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Running With The Demon

Terry Brooks
Authors:
Terry Brooks

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