The Knight and Knave of Swords

Fritz Leiber
fantasy > sword and sorcery, short stories
The Knight and Knave of Swords (Lankhmar #7) - Fritz Leiber

World Fantasy Award nominee 1989.

A collection of linked stories. Also published under the title Farewell to Lankhmar.

  • Sea Magic
  • The Mer She
  • The Curse of the Smalls and the Stars
  • The Mouser Goes Below

It is an old saying in the world of Nehwon that the fate of adventurers who seek to retire can be excruciatingly dull. So when our two heroes the Gray Mouser and Fafhrd left Lankhmar City to serve the obscure freewomen Cif and Afreyt of remote Rime Isle, wiseacres and trusty gossips alike began to say that the pair were flirting with just such a fate.

Yet the indomitable duo inhabit a world that from time to time imitates that of fancy and romance most cunningly, so as to prevent its creatures sinking into black despair or bored inaction. And it is upon – and indeed above and beneath – the lonely isle of Rime that our heroes meet their most challenging and exciting adventure ever.

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Release date: 1988
Genres: fantasysword and sorcery, short stories
Average rating: 7.00/10
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Updated: January 16, 2017

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 in the Mist (Lankhmar #3)
Swords Against Wizardry (Lankhmar #4)
The Swords of Lankhmar (Lankhmar #5)
Swords and Deviltry (Lankhmar #1)6.80
Swords Against Death (Lankhmar #2)7.00
Swords and Ice Magic (Lankhmar #6)
The Knight and Knave of Swords (Lankhmar #7)
Swords Against the Shadowland (Lankhmar #8)