Between Worlds: The Collected Ile-Rien and Cineth Stories

Martha Wells
fantasy > high fantasy, short stories
Between Worlds: The Collected Ile-Rien and Cineth Stories - Martha Wells

Cover art by Jenn Reese.

This collection of short stories and novelettes includes the previously published stories “The Potter’s Daughter” (a prequel to the novel The Element of Fire), “Holy Places,” “Rites of Passage,” “Houses of the Dead,” “Reflections” (the Giliead and Ilias stories, prequels to the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy), as well as “Night at the Opera” (a Nicholas and Reynard story original to this collection, set before the Nebula-nominated novel The Death of the Necromancer).



  • The Potter's Daughter - Kade Carrion investigates troublesome magic in a small village. "The Potter's Daughter" first appeared in Elemental, May 2006.
  • Night at the Opera - A noble Rienish family asks Reynard Morane to thwart a sorcerous blackmailer, and he recruits a reluctant Nicholas Valiarde to help. "Night at the Opera" is original to this collection.


  • Holy Places - Ilias is abandoned by the Finan family and finds Andrien, just as the house is attacked. "Holy Places" first appeared in Black Gate #11, August 2007.
  • Rites of Passage - Most people in Cineth believe Giliead is too young to take up the duties of a Chosen Vessel, but he may not have a choice. "Rites of Passage" first appeared on in April 2014.
  • Houses of the Dead - Giliead and Ilias are called to investigate a strange happening in godless territory, and find a deserted city. "Houses of the Dead" first appeared in Black Gate #12, July 2008.
  • Reflections - Searching the wilderness for a fleeing wizard, Giliead and Ilias encounter strange magic. "Reflections" first appeared in Black Gate #10, March 2007
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Release date: April 6, 2015
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy, short stories
Updated: August 17, 2021

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Between Worlds: The Collected Ile-Rien and Cineth Stories