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Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues
An anthology of stories edited by

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A FANTASY ANTHOLOGY featuring the deadly, the worldly, and the sneaky. BLACKGUARDS consists mainly of stories in established series, and the authors range from wildly successful indie authors to USA Today and New York Times bestsellers.

Featuring tales set in the worlds of Michael J. Sullivan's Riyria, David Dalglish's Dezrel, Mark Lawrence's The Broken Empire, Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori, Mark Smylie's Sword and Barrow, Anthony Ryan's Raven's Shadow, Shawn Speakman's Chronicles of Annwn, Carol Berg's Sanctuary, James A. Moore's Seven Forges, Django Wexler's Shadow Campaigns, Laura Resnick's Silerian Trilogy, Peter Orullian's Vault of Heaven, Kenny Soward's GnomeSaga, Paul S. Kemp's Egil and Nix, and more!

If you enjoy roguish tales of scoundrels and ne'er-do-wells, many of them set in established worlds, BLACKGUARDS is for you!


FOREWORD by GLEN COOK (Black Company)


RICHARD LEE BYERS, "Troll Trouble"


JAMES ENGE, "Thieves at the Gate"

JOHN GWYNNE, "Better to Live than to Die"

LIAN HEARN, "His Kikuta Hands"

SNORRI KRISTJANSSON, "A Kingdom and a Horse"

JOSEPH LALLO, "Seeking the Shadow"


TIM MARQUITZ, "A Taste of Agony"

PETER ORULLIAN, "A Length of Cherrywood"

CAT RAMBO, "The Subtler Art"

LAURA RESNICK, "Friendship"

MARK SMYLIE, "Manhunt"

KENNY SOWARD, "Jancy's Justice"

SHAWN SPEAKMAN, "The White Rose Thief"

JON SPRUNK, "Sun and Steel"


MICHAEL J. SULLIVAN, "Professional Integrity"

DJANGO WEXLER, "The First Kill"

ANTHONY RYAN, "The Lord Collector"

PAUL S. KEMP, "A Better Man"

JAMES A. MOORE, "What Gods Demand"

JEAN RABE, "Mainon"


S.R. CAMBRIDGE, ""The Magus and the Betyar"

CLAY SANGER, "The Long Kiss"

This special eBook edition of BLACKGUARDS also includes the anthology companion entitled THE BLACKGUARDS BLACKLIST, thus you get an additional ELEVEN cutting-edge stories by:

ROB J. HAYES, "To the End"

REBECCA LOVATT, "To Steal the Moon"

EDWARD M. ERDELAC, "The Muttwhelp"

ANTHONY LOWE, "The Lonesome Dark"

LINDA ROBERTSON, "Comeuppance"

SAM KNIGHT, "The Assassination of Poppy Smithswife"

S.M. WHITE, "Telhinsol's Shadow"

NOAH HEINRICH, "The Laughing Wind"

MIKE THEODORSSON, "Bloody Gratitude"


ERIK SCOTT DE BIE, "Angel of Tears"

BLACKGUARDS plus the BLACKGUARDS BLACKLIST is a collection of 38 spectacular, grimdark, heavy-hitting, epic fantasy tales, most of them set within the proprietary worlds of the authors herein. This is THE massive fantasy collection for the assassin / mercenary / rogue / thief enthusiast.

*Cover art by Arman Akopian. Interior artwork by Oksana Dmitrienko & Orion Zangara.

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Audio Editions

August 2015 : USA Audio edition
Title: Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues
Author(s): Michael J Sullivan, Mark Lawrence, Lian Hearn, Anthony Ryan, Paul S Kemp, Carol Berg, Richard Lee Byers
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

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