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I love anthologies, and this is one of the defining reasons why. This is a great book, with a series of well-developed novellas by well-known authors in the fantasy and science fiction genres. The contributors include such respected writers asStephen King, Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, Anne McCaffrey, Tad Williams, George R.R. Martin, Raymond E. Feist, Terry Pratchett, and Ursula K. Le Guin, as well as the inclusion of Orson Scott Card (this was before my awareness of his extremely vocal and frequently-blogged politics overwhelmed my enjoyment of his writing).
The best thing about Legends, to my mind, was that each of the authors chosen has a successful book or series out already, and the novella for this book was based in whatever world that author had already conceived. It was a great way of introducing me not only to previously un-read authors, but also introducing me to intriguing characters and storylines that I can now explore in more depth.
I fully recommend this book to any fan of fantasy or sci-fiction. It is also available in e-book, and there’s a Legends II. I really hope they come out with another volume, featuring authors like Patrick Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson.