Swords in the Mist (Lankhmar, #3)
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Swords in the Mist

by Fritz Leiber
Release date: 1968
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasysword and sorcery, short stories

A collection of linked stories.

  • The Cloud of Hate
  • Lean Times in Lankhmar
  • Their Mistress, The Sea
  • When the Sea-King's Away
  • The Wrong Branch
  • Adept's Gambit

SWORDS IN THE MIST, book three in the Lankhmar series, thrusts our indentured sword-swinging servants into the question of hate, its power and its purpose. You see, it happens to be lean times in Lankhmar, illuminating that link between money and love. Luckily, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser don't always believe in love.

When Lankhmar gets too gritty, our travelers take to their other, less harsh mistress, the Sea. But the Sea can play tricks on men, and so can the Sea King. He can break a man or worse yet, curse him. But when he's away it's all play for the formidable swordsmen and the Triple Goddess... and two luscious sea queens.

But luck may not always be there as they discover on the way to Ningauble, their wizard employer. After a long journey in defense of their control over their own fates, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser find themselves pawns in a life and death chess game, all of Lankhmar being the pieces. How many pawns will be left on the board before someone wins?

(updated 2016-09-10)

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