Ill Met in Lankhmar

Fritz Leiber

Borealis/White Wolf Publishing. $19.99
(paper $5.99)


Ill Met in Lankhmar is an omnibus collecting the adventures of two of the greatest heroes of sword-and-sorcery fantasy of all time: Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Indeed, Fritz Leiber is credited with having first coined the term "sword-and-sorcery."

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser first appeared in 1939. From then until his death in 1992, Fritz Leiber continued to write about the two characters; these stories have been collected and reprinted in several editions through the years. Now White Wolf Publishing is releasing Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser for a new generation of readers. Their four volume set begins with Ill Met in Lankhmar, reproducing the earlier Swords and Deviltry and Swords against Death. This spring (1996) will find Lean Times in Lankhmar (Swords in the Mist and Swords against Wizardry). Books 3 and 4 will follow. Also planned is a fifth companion volume, a guest anthology of original stories featuring Fafhrd and the Mouser by other authors. *

White Wolf does a good deed with this series: As Michael Moorcock says in the introduction of Ill Met in Lankhmar, "The publication ... should do much to help remind readers of fantasy of their debt to [Fritz Leiber] who is ... still the greatest of us all."

 

This review, together with Elric: Song of the Black Sword, originally appeared in the June 30, 1996 edition of The Roanoke Times under the heading "White Wolf Reissues Two Old Favorites."

 

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, available from White Wolf:

Ill Met in Lankhmar. White Wolf Publishing, 1995
Lean Times in Lankhmar. White Wolf Publishing, 1996
Return to Lankhmar. White Wolf Publishing, 1997
Farewell to Lankhmar. White Wolf Publishing, 1998

* The guest anthology is no longer being planned. 6/97

 

This review copyright 1996 by Wendy Morris
Information last updated January 17, 1999


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