Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Thieves, and Rogues

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Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Thieves and Rogues has just been released by Ragnarok Publications. It’s a new anthology with a ton of great authors. I’m proud to have a Shattered Sands story in it.

“Irindai” is the first of a triptych of tales about Çeda, the heroine from Twelve Kings in Sharakhai. It tells the story of her coming beneath the gaze of one of the more mysterious creatures in Sharakhai. The second story, “Born of a Trickster God,” will appear in my second short story collection, In the Stars I’ll Find You, which will be released later this year. The final story will be released with a set of all three stories.

Here’s the lineup for Blackguards:

  • FOREWORD by GLEN COOK (Black Company)
  • BRADLEY P. BEAULIEU, “Irindai”
  • CAROL BERG, “Seeds”
  • RICHARD LEE BYERS, “Troll Trouble”
  • DAVID DALGLISH, “Take You Home”
  • JAMES ENGE, “Thieves at the Gate”
  • JOHN GWYNNE, “Better to Live than to Die”
  • LIAN HEARN, “His Kikuta Hands”
  • SNORRI KRISTJANSSON, “A Kingdom and a Horse”
  • JOSEPH LALLO, “Seeking the Shadow”
  • MARK LAWRENCE, “The Secret”
  • TIM MARQUITZ, “A Taste of Agony”
  • PETER ORULLIAN, “A Length of Cherrywood”
  • CAT RAMBO, “The Subtler Art”
  • LAURA RESNICK, “Friendship”
  • MARK SMYLIE, “Manhunt”
  • KENNY SOWARD, “Jancy’s Justice”
  • SHAWN SPEAKMAN, “The White Rose Thief”
  • JON SPRUNK, “Sun and Steel”
  • ANTON STROUT, “Scream”
  • MICHAEL J. SULLIVAN, “Professional Integrity”
  • DJANGO WEXLER, “The First Kill”
  • ANTHONY RYAN, “The Lord Collector”
  • PAUL S. KEMP, “A Better Man”
  • JAMES A. MOORE, “What Gods Demand”
  • JEAN RABE, “Mainon”
  • S.R. CAMBRIDGE, “”The Magus and the Betyar”
  • CLAY SANGER, “The Long Kiss”

The special eBook edition of BLACKGUARDS also includes the anthology companion entitled THE BLACKGUARDS BLACKLIST, thus you get an additional ELEVEN cutting-edge stories by:

  • ROB J. HAYES, “To the End”
  • REBECCA LOVATT, “To Steal the Moon”
  • EDWARD M. ERDELAC, “The Muttwhelp”
  • ANTHONY LOWE, “The Lonesome Dark”
  • LINDA ROBERTSON, “Comeuppance”
  • SAM KNIGHT, “The Assassination of Poppy Smithswife”
  • S.M. WHITE, “Telhinsol’s Shadow”
  • NOAH HEINRICH, “The Laughing Wind”
  • MIKE THEODORSSON, “Bloody Gratitude”
  • BRENDA CARRE, “Gret”
  • ERIK SCOTT DE BIE, “Angel of Tears”

BLACKGUARDS plus the BLACKGUARDS BLACKLIST is a collection of 38 spectacular, grimdark, heavy-hitting, epic fantasy tales, most of them set within the proprietary worlds of the authors herein. This is THE massive fantasy collection for the assassin / mercenary / rogue / thief enthusiast.

Cover art by Arman Akopian | Interior artwork by Oksana Dmitrienko & Orion Zangara — see the amazing artwork of BLACKGUARDS here.