Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues

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9781941987063: Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues

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A FANTASY ANTHOLOGY featuring the deadly, the worldly, and the sneaky. BLACKGUARDS consists mainly of stories in established series, and the authors range from wildly successful indie authors to USA Today and New York Times bestsellers.

Featuring tales set in the worlds of Michael J. Sullivan's Riyria, David Dalglish's Dezrel, Mark Lawrence's The Broken Empire, Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori, Mark Smylie's Sword and Barrow, Anthony Ryan's Raven's Shadow, Shawn Speakman's Chronicles of Annwn, Carol Berg's Sanctuary, James A. Moore's Seven Forges, Django Wexler's Shadow Campaigns, Laura Resnick's Silerian Trilogy, Peter Orullian's Vault of Heaven, Kenny Soward's GnomeSaga, Paul S. Kemp's Egil and Nix, and more!

If you enjoy roguish tales of scoundrels and ne'er-do-wells, many of them set in established worlds, BLACKGUARDS is for you!


  • FOREWORD by GLEN COOK (Black Company) 
  • 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" 
  • BRADLEY P. BEAULIEU, "Irindai" 
  • S.R. CAMBRIDGE, ""The Magus and the Betyar" 
  • CLAY SANGER, "The Long Kiss" 
*Cover art by Arman Akopian. Interior artwork by Oksana Dmitrienko & Orion Zangara.

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About the Author:

Editor/author J.M. Martin began his creative career at Caliber -- publishers of The Crow, Deadworld, The Realm, Kabuki, and more -- in the '90s; while there, Martin wrote 18 issues of the fantasy series, Legendlore, and co-created a game based on Todd McFarlane's SPAWN universe. He was also an ENnie-award-winning managing editor for Privateer Press (2001-2005).
Martin edited the Stabby award-winning Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues and has written stories in anthologies such as Sails & Sorcery, Dark Heroes, Manifesto UF, Neverland's Library, and At Hell's Gates. He's also co-writer of the supernaturally weird Western series, Dead West. In 2013, he created Ragnarok Publications along with Tim Marquitz.


2015 Reddit Stabby Award Winner for BEST ANTHOLOGY / COLLECTION / PERIODICAL
Listed among the "Best Epic Fantasy of 2015" by The Book Plank."Herein there is a wealth of Epic Fantasy no one had dared to dream of. There is a wide diversity in the stories that feature in the anthology that only shows that this genre is far from dead..."--Jasper de Joode, The Book Plank
"If you enjoy grimdark, if you enjoy stories of villains and antiheroes surviving by their wits and their subtlety, these stories will not only provide you with hours of enjoyment, but will add to your to-be-read pile."--Richard Bray, Fantasy Faction

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