Songs of Love & Death is a new short story collection edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. The first of the seventeen stories in the book I turned to was "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows" by Diana Gabaldon. This review assumes you have some familiarity with the Outlander series, but it does not contain spoilers.
The story centers around Jerry MacKenzie, an RAF fighter pilot in World War II. The twenty-two-year-old husband to Marjorie and father to Roger was a careful, confident pilot who did not back away from his duties. When Captain Frank Randall picked MacKenzie for a special assignment, the two men had no inkling of just how closely their destinies would be linked.
I really can't say more about the tale without ruining it, but let me assure you that this is a must-read story for any Gabaldon fan. The only bad part is that now I have a burning desire to reread Echo in a Bone and almost every bit of the series that involves Roger.
Other stories in Songs of Love & Death I plan to read are by Jim Butcher, Carrie Vaughn, and Neil Gaiman. In fact, I'm sure I'll eventually read them all. Here's part of the publisher's summary:
In this star-studded cross-genre anthology, seventeen of the greatest modern authors of fantasy, science fiction, and romance explore the borderlands of their genres with brand-new tales of ill-fated love. From zombie-infested woods in a postapocalyptic America to faery-haunted rural fields in eighteenth- century England, from the kingdoms of high fantasy to the alien world of a galaxy-spanning empire, these are stories of lovers who must struggle against the forces of magic and fate.
These links lead to affiliate programs
Published by Simon & Schuster / Gallery, 2010
Source: Bought (see review policy)
Copyright © cbl for Beth Fish Reads, all rights reserved (see review policy)