Swords and Deviltry

Fritz Leiber
fantasy > sword and sorcery, short stories
Swords and Deviltry (Lankhmar #1) - Fritz Leiber6.80

A collection of linked stories.

  • Induction (1957)
  • The Snow Women (1970)
  • The Unholy Grail (1962)
  • Ill Met in Lankhmar (1970) – Hugo Award winner, Nebula Award winner

One of the most influential and critically acclaimed fantasy writers of all time, Fritz Leiber pioneered the sword-and-sorcery genre!

In the ancient city of Lankhmar, two men forge a friendship in battle. The red-haired barbarian Fafhrd left the snowy reaches of Nehwon looking for a new life while the Gray Mouser, apprentice magician, fled after finding his master dead. These bawdy brothers-in-arms cement a friendship that leads them through the wilds of Nehwon facing thieves, wizards, princesses and the depths of their desires and fears.

Superb writing and brilliant, believable characterizations highlight the first entry in Leiber's seminal series.

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Release date: 1970
Genres: fantasysword and sorcery, short stories
Average rating: 6.80/10
Total ratings: 69
Updated: August 17, 2021

Lankhmar :: Series

These are probably the best known stories that Fritz Leiber wrote spanning 50 years of his life. The first appeared in Unknown Magazine around 1940 and the last installment appeared in The Knight and Knave of Swords around 1990. The stories follow the various adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, two characters created by Fritz and his friend Harry Fischer.

Also known as the Swords Series.

Related series Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser
Related series Lankhmar (omnibus editions)

Swords and Deviltry (Lankhmar #1)6.80
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The Knight and Knave of Swords (Lankhmar #7)
Swords Against the Shadowland (Lankhmar #8)