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Let me start by saying that these stories are classic well crafted MZB and well worth reading So why three stars Because they should never have been compiled into a collection of their own The character Lythande has many special aspects that have to be explained in each story and not only does that become terribly repetitious when ou re reading them back to back but it also consumes

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too much of time Angel Pets you re spending reading So buy the book and put it somewhereou pick up only once in a while Enjoy a story then put the book aside for another month or Unwilling (The MacLauchlans, year This is going to be another of my rereads The book is a collection of all the Lythande short stories from other publications Some are funny some are spooky some are mysterious and some are difficult to easily describe as there are layers than one expects in short stories The uality is pretty even and easy to read in short sessions ifou have that kind of discipline Me I found the stories were like potato chips I couldn t read just one This book collects the various short stories MZB wrote about the mage Lythande It s an excellent collection with stories written over the last 20 ears of Bradley s lifeAs might be expected with a collection of thinly connected stories written over such a long time there are continuity issues The actual world Lythande inhabits fluctuates from two or secondary worlds to some version of our world and back It s occasionally jarring but the stories aren t about world building anyway a minor annoyanceMore annoying is the constant re stating of Lythande s backstory situation Of course it s completely understandable and was really unavoidable each story was published somewhere different for a Potentially New Audience And Bradley Did A new audience and Bradley did a job of bringing the necessary facts to each story in a different way So another minor annoyance reallyThe editing proofreading and formatting are truly first rate in the ebook edition I received Much appreciation to Elisabeth Waters Judith Tarr and Vonda N McIntyreOverall it s a pleasant collection of mostly short simple stories centered around a decent character finding interesting situations Definitely recommendedNote I recieved this book free for an honest stories centered around a decent character finding interesting situations Definitely recommendedNote I recieved this book free for an honest I ve read bits and pieces of Lythande over the ears and was happy to have them all in one place Enjoyed them of course and hold an admiration for Marion Zimmerman Bradley A little way in I was finding it a tad disjointed which is only understandable for a book that began life as a series of short stories but at the end it all ties up fairly decentlyOverall very enjoyable but I could. It's a long wait until the Final Battle between Law and Chaos when all Adepts of the Blue Star are pledged to fight on the side of Law So what does one do in the intervening centuries Lythande has to earn a living after all Ng of a secret was intriguing and works for standalone stories but in a collection it s getting reiterated every few pages which gets tedious I always wanted a novel length Lythande story but alas such is not to be Despite being a fan of MZB s works I had actually never heard of these short stories until I was approved of a copy through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Programme This Book Is A Collection Of Early Reviewers programme This book is a collection of stories featuring the mercenary magician Lythande With each story the reader learns a little about Lythande and the secrets that she carries The stories themselves were interesting a mix of light tales and serious uests One title The Footsteps of Retribution was especially chilling The stories were also a lot funnier at times than I initially thought it would be which was a pleasant surprise Lythande comes across some exasperating characters along the way which adds a splash of colour to her travels My favourite stories from this collection would probably have to be The Incompetent Magician Someone Else s Magic The Footsteps of Retribution The Virgin and the Volcano Chalice of Tears North to Northwander and The Gratitude of Kings The world in which these stories take place was also intriguing mysterious and familiar in some ways and et in other ways it s not The different schools of magicians were interesting this Final Battle between Law and Chaos that her order speaks of was especially intriguing I initially thought that the various stories would somehow make its way to that battle but then realised it was merely part of the adepts beliefs and end goaldestination as were some of the strange kingdoms that Lythande found herself in It was a bit baffling at times as wellOverall The Complete Lythande was an interesting and wondrous read I ve always Lythande was an interesting and wondrous read I ve always MZB to be a wonderful storyteller with a uniue voice in the fantasy genre and this collection once again reinforces that in my mind I m also uite glad that the publishers decided to collect and re release these stories I would definitely recommend checking them out especially for fantasy fans who have enjoyed MZB s previous works The original review of this collection was posted on my blog at I second the other reviewers opinion that all these stories shouldn t be put in an single volume The character of Lythande takes explanation and as these stories were originally written as stand alone the explanation appears in each storyIt gets tedious A few of them are alsolesser At least once I suspected someone got ahold of a story from MZB s trash binAh well Overall it was nice wander through the Lythande world agai. Ationsan unexpectedly dangerous small child Lythande's life is full of challenges of which the biggest is never allowing the Secret that preserves each Adept’s power to be revealed on pain of total loss of magic oh and deat. .

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N t give it a higher rating because of the inconsistencies It seems to be set in about 3 different worlds and some stories are light hearted and inconsistencies It seems to be set in "about 3 different worlds and some stories are light hearted and very dark and serious Lythande seems "3 different worlds and some stories are light hearted and very dark and serious Lythande seems vacillate pretty wildly between heroic and cynically callous I received this book as part of an Early Reviewers Edition That being said I m very glad this book was compiled and published This is a posthumous anthology of stories of the wandering Magician and Musician Lythande who is a woman compelled by her society and associations to live secretly as a man MZB was well known in her life as a writer with a very keen sense of Women s issues and brought that to her writing These stories carry on that tradition in an interesting way Lythande actually isn t that most powerful magician In many of the stories Lythande is overwhelmed by other magics or other powers and must use her brain and luck to get out of a sticky situation Also interestingly the stories aren t always a confrontation but rather domestic The final story the only one unpublished up until now tells of Lythande helping return a oung girl to her family and then helping them come to the understanding that they must send her to school for magic in order to protect her and themselves Bradley started writing in the fifties and this kind of story would have been much less likely to have been written without the impact of MZB and other writers continuing to push the envelope of fantasy as it relates to women That being said each story stands on its own and was published on its own so each story has to weave into it that Lythande is a woman pretending to be a man because of her training as a magician that she can t eat or drink in front of men etc There are various world building elements of the narrative that have to be addressed in every story so that the reader knows what s going on Makes sense when there is only one story but when there are 21 of them it does eat up a fair amount of reading space In a recent discussion in a Goodreads group about how an author s or narrator s bad behavior meaning truly bad as in child abuse and rape and murder not simply being an utter brat online impacts one s perception of his work Marion Zimmer Bradley naturally impacts one s perception of his work Marion Zimmer Bradley naturally up If Swimming In The Flood you don t know what I m talking about Nice FantasiesI m a sucker for an interesting approach to magic always have been And I like bards which is what attracted me to the Lythande stories manyears ago I had the original Lythande collection but knew the character from reading The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction The idea that one s magic depended on the keepi. Usic and magic are saleable skills sometimes both together There's a magic luteThe allure of a mermaid's songa temperamental music loving dragonmagical artifacts that will allow no one to turn them from their appointed destin.
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