An anthology celebrating the witches and sorcerers of epic fantasyfeaturing stories by George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Megan Lindholm, and many more!Hot on the heels of Gardner Dozoiss (Rogues, Old Venus) acclaimed anthology The Book of Swords comes this companion volume devoted to magic. How could it be otherwise? For every Frodo, there is a Gandalfaand a Saruman. For every Dorothy, a Glindaaand a Wicked Witch of the West. What would Harry Potter be without Albus Dumbledoreaand Severus Snape?Figures of wisdom and power, possessing arcane, often forbidden knowledge, wizards and sorcerers are shapedor misshapedby the potent magic they seek to wield. Yet though their abilities may be godlike, these men and women remain humanasome might say all too human. Such is their curse. And their glory.In these pages, seventeen of todays top fantasy writersincluding award-winners K. J. Parker (The Two of Swords), Megan Lindholm (The Windsingers), John Crowley (The Deep), Tim Powers (Last Call), Liz Williams (Snake Agent), Elizabeth Bear (Eternal Sky Trilogy), George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire), Kate Elliott (The Court of Fives Trilogy), Scott Lynch (The Republic of Thieves), and morecast wondrous spells that thrillingly evoke the mysterious, awesome, and at times downright terrifying worlds where magic reigns supreme: worlds as far away as foreveraand as near as next door.Narrated by Mark Deakins, Susan Denaker, Stephen Mendel, Lincoln Hoppe, Holly Palance, Nicholas Guy Smith, Maxwell Caulfield, Kristen Ariza, Tonya Cornelisse, Bruce Mann, Sile Birmingham, John Lee, Almarie Guerra, Steve West, Elliot Hill, Kimberly Farr, Scott Brick and Karissa Vacker.