I love fantasy books. J.R.R. Tolkien and George R R Martin are two of my favorite authors ever. So when I heard George was going to be writing one of the stories in this anthology I jumped on the chance to review it right away. I'll give a heads up. This book is over six hundred pages long. Now for fantasy fans that's not a big deal. We devour books like that for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Keep in mind though that is when it focuses on just one universe. All these different universes made it a little hard to blaze through this book. I'd start confusing information. My suggestion is to take your time with this book so you can enjoy it fully.
Like any anthology there are some stories in this book I liked better than others, but over all this was an amazing book. I loved that the book had both old and new entries into the fantasy world. One of the older ones called 'While the Gods Laugh' is truly a classic that has all of the original troupes, but if we are taking about Epic Fantasy it's important to have the foundation of what made the genre so great.
My only problem with this book was that only half of the stories could stand-alone. So when I read the ones that were part of an already built universe it was hard to get the full enjoyment out of them because I felt lost. Still this book is a great find and I recommend it to any fantasy fan.
From the creation myths and quest sagas of ancient times to the megapopular fantasy novels of today, this quintessential anthology of epic fantasy is adventurous storytelling at its best. With rich and vibrant world building, readers are transported to antiquated realms to witness noble sacrifices and astonishing wonders. Gathering a comprehensive survey of beloved stories from the genre, this compilation includes stories by such luminaries as George R. R. Martin, Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robin Hobb, and Tad Williams. Inspiring and larger-than-life, these tales offer timeless values of courage and friendship in the face of ultimate evil and express mankind’s greatest hopes and fears.