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As a whole, this anthology is varied it s pretty much half science fiction, half fantasy, with some of the fantasy stories set in some sort of fantasy medieval like world and some of the fantasy stories set incontemporary times All the stories in this trilogy were first published in the late 1970s and early 1980s Daughter of Regals In this fantasy novella, a young woman is trying to get through the evening that will determine whether or not she is a Regal If she can manage to pass th As a whole, this anthology is varied it s pretty much half science fiction, half fantasy, with some of the fantasy stories set in some sort of fantasy medieval like world and some of the fantasy stories set incontemporary times All the stories in this trilogy were first published in the late 1970s and early 1980s Daughter of Regals In this fantasy novella, a young woman is trying to get through the evening that will determine whether or not she is a Regal If she can manage to pass the test sitting upon a stone that no one who isn t Magic could even touch , then it will be proved that she is a Creature a being that sometimes looks like a human, but that could also look like a dragon, phoenix, or some other being and therefore the next Regal If she does not pass the test, then those around her will kill her Before she can even begin the test, however, she must delicately weave her way through all kinds of dangerous political machinations, dealing with each of the rulers who have come and expect her to fail.When I first started this story, my main response was huh but I eventually got over that and accepted that I would never really understand what Donaldson means by Real and not Real As one who usually reads things by female authors, I expected this story to go a lot differently than it did a female author would ve written things so that the handsome young man who is so attentive to the plain young woman would turn out to be the Creature, saving and marrying the young woman when she fails the test This isn t what happens, but I won t say what does happen although my ending would ve beenpredictable, I think I might ve enjoyed it a little , which isn t to say that I disliked Donaldson s ending I m just a romantic, and I wanted a little romance for her she s intelligent, careful, and seems a little lonely Gilden Fire This is actually an outtake from Donaldson s The Illearth War, so I d suggest reading that book if you haven t already I haven t actually read that book, so I was a little lost as I read this story This is apparently part of a character named Korik s mission to Seareach As he and his party travel Grimmerdhore Forest, they worry that something is wrong with the Forest and the trees which, I gather, are somewhat sentient In the end, the entire party must deal with a pack of dangerous wolves I spent quite a bit of time confused during this story However, I may eventually read the books in Donaldson s Thomas Covenant series some of the characters in this outtake interested me Mythological Beast In the future Donaldson presents in this science fiction story, everything that might upset people has been eliminated Everyone has little biomitter that reassures them that they are okay Unfortunately, one morning Norman wakes up and his biomitter appears to obviously be wrong how could he be okay when he s got a hard, horn like lump on his forehead As his symptoms begin to get worse, Norman starts investigating things.It s a simple story, but I still enjoyed it Although I can t say I agree that the world would ever get this placid, there are some aspects to the future Donaldson has created that are a bit chilling in the connections they have to what s going on in the world today No one in Norman s world reads Norman is one of the few people who knows how to read, because he works at the National Library , and no one questions anything The Lady in White In this first person fantasy story, a blacksmith wheelwright ironmonger named Mardik tells the story of the Lady in White and how she bewitched him and his brother After Mardik s brother saw her and went to visit her home in the woods, he returned blind At first, Mardik wanted to avenge his brother, but after Mardik saw the Lady in White, he, too, was bewitched Mardik attempts repeatedly to get to her, determined to have her as his own The ending of this one is weird make of it what you will.This story reminded me a little of Hans Christian Andersen s The Snow Queen Just as the beauty of the Snow Queen draws in and changes the boy in the fairy tale, the beauty of the the Lady in White draws in and changes the men in Donaldson s story Animal Lover In this science fiction story, it s sometime in the future, and one of the biggest forms of entertainment and ways for people to let out their aggression in a controlled manner is hunting Special Agent Sam Browne is unusual, in that he feels disdain for these hunters and protectiveness for the animals on his off days, he likes to go into hunting preserves and smuggle out animals so that they can be taken to a zoo where, unfortunately, they don t fare much better Sam s boss, knowing his interests, gives him a case involving a hunting preserve with an unusually high percentage of human deaths Sam has to try to infiltrate the preserve enough to figure out what s going on and stop it.This is an exciting story, but, at the same time, it s almost B movie cheesy in the way it handles genetic engineering fears not too surprising, since it was first published in 1978, but that knowledge didn t make me stop snickering at some of the visuals like rabbits with hand grenades Unworthy of the Angel A man who can remember nothing from his past, not even his own identity, encounters a young woman in need of help He eventually convinces her to introduce him to her brother, so that he can figure out exactly what s going on and what he must do to save her life Basically, in order to get his sculptures known and seen, the woman s brother agrees to a gallery owner s conditions that he create all his sculptures out of a strange, evil black clay He unknowingly is causing his sister s death with his efforts.I enjoyed this story, although it was obvious well before the end of the story what the supposedly amnesiac man was view spoiler All you have to do is read the title for a nice big clue hide spoiler The Conqueror Worm A young married couple are fighting in their house The man is upset and is accusing his wife of sleeping with other men, while the woman is upset over what she sees as his unreasonable jealousy While the two fight, they keep encountering a disgusting, 10 inch long centipede that gets closer and closer to the woman.Although I didn t think this was the best story in the anthology, the creepy crawly aspect really stuck with me The centipede may or may not be a metaphor for the husband s sexually oriented anger several of the people in my book discussion group caught this possibility as they read, too, so I m apparently not the only person to think this Ser Visal s Tale A bunch of young boys sit around Ser Visal as he drinks and tells the tale of events surrounding a young nobleman I think he was a nobleman anyway, he had a decently high station and a witch Think Salem Witch Trials any woman accused of witchcraft gets imprisoned and tortured, and, of course, all women who are declared witches are found to be guilty Dom Peralt was a drunken party animal who owned no slaves, unusual for this society One day, as he is making his drunken way around, a slaver forces him into a situation where he must buy a slave Dom Peralt does and immediately sets her free He passes out from drunkenness and wakes up to discover that he has been jailed for consorting with a witch the woman he freed Dom Peralt tries to figure out if there s a way for him to survive this situation He doesn t want to die, but some seemed to determined to make him appear guilty, and he doesn t want the young witch to die in his place.Although I didn t like how the story was going when I first started it Ser Visal seemed like an overly pious bastard, and Donaldson took his usual leisurely time getting around to the exciting parts of the story , the story really grew on me Ser Visal was not, in fact, the overly pious bastard I thought he was his slips of the tongue, emotions, and actions reveal that he hates the injustices that are rife in his society If you can get past Donaldson s verbosity, this is a very thoughtful story The one bit that bothered me was that there seemed to be a few loose ends that were not necessarily covered by Ser Visal s final revelation Original review, with read alikes, posted on A Library Girl s Familiar Diversions Though best known for his Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series of books, Donaldson also writes short stories and mini novellas This book is a collection of them I am not a Donaldson fan, but this book is a good one The longer short stories the mini novellas are told very well, and are proof that stories don t have to be hundreds of pages long to have strong characters, good plots, and satisfying conclusions If you have not read this book and do not run away from fantasy magic, dragons Though best known for his Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series of books, Donaldson also writes short stories and mini novellas This book is a collection of them I am not a Donaldson fan, but this book is a good one The longer short stories the mini novellas are told very well, and are proof that stories don t have to be hundreds of pages long to have strong characters, good plots, and satisfying conclusions If you have not read this book and do not run away from fantasy magic, dragons, unicorns, angels and demons, but thankfully missing some of thesalacious aspects of modern fantasy , this will be an enjoyable read My favorites from this collection are The Lady in White and Ser Visal s Tale excellent collection of shorts from his prime period I only want to say that the last scene of the last story bugged the crap out of me, because Donaldson kept referring to a crozier as a miter Mr My Vocabulary Is So Much Bigger Than Yours made me laugh when the story really didn t call for it. Gripping, if somewhat dark short stories Clearly for an adult audience, but one of things I like about these stories is that they make interesting and thoughtful points Some of them are very dark and graphic though, so they are not to everyone s taste One of them is great vampire story though, and I don t go in for that kind of thing So while I recommend this as great literature, I also warn they you should approach it expecting some unappealing images. I Loved this Its Stepjen Donaldson back at his best, and though the work is shorter fiction, I would hardly call any of the tales in it short stories Its beautiful prose as always, and he is a master of setting the scene and laying out a plot to bring astory to life The title story is a tad dark, showing signs of heading down the same pathway as first the Mordant s Dreams and then the Gap series, but he rescues it and it ends well But for me the stand out is Unworthy of the Angel, which is a I Loved this Its Stepjen Donaldson back at his best, and though the work is shorter fiction, I would hardly call any of the tales in it short stories Its beautiful prose as always, and he is a master of setting the scene and laying out a plot to bring astory to life The title story is a tad dark, showing signs of heading down the same pathway as first the Mordant s Dreams and then the Gap series, but he rescues it and it ends well But for me the stand out is Unworthy of the Angel, which is again beautifully written, wonderfully told, and a surprisingly fresh take on the idea of angels Two very good stories in this anthology make it worth reading the first and last The stories in between show us a very young writer struggling to learn his craft, but not afraid to take chances and make mistakes. Some extremely powerful storytelling. Really great short stories from a really great writer This is one of the books I pick up when I want a quick fantasy fix Can t tell you how many times I have read it I am right inside the stories in seconds. `Download Book ☠ Daughter of Regals and Other Tales ↵ The Creator Of Thomas Covenant Adds Eight New Wonders To The World.In His First Collection Of Short Fiction, The Bestselling Author Of White Gold Wielder Presents Eight Superb Stories, Including Gilden Fire, The Famous Outtake From Illearth War, And Two Brand New Novellas Written Especially For This Edition Enter A World Of Mystics And Unicorns, Angels And Kings All Realized With The Same Dazzling Style And Imagination That Has Made Stephen R Donaldson A Modern Master Of The Fantasy Genre.Daughter Of Regals Is A Fantasy Novella Concerning A Unique Royal Line And An Unusual Conception Of Magic.The Conqueror Worm Is A Deliciously Creepy Horror Piece In Which Havoc Is Wreaked By One Lowly Centipede.Ser Visal S Tale Begins As A Simple Story Told Over Several Flagons Of Wine At The Local Inn, This Novella Ends With A Surprising Twist.Gilden Fire Is The Famous Chapter About Korik Of The Bloodguard And His Mission To Seareach That Was Part Of The Original Manuscript Of The Illearth War, But Omitted From The Published Version.