June 24, 2016

Daughter of Regals and Other Tales by Stephen R. Donaldson

Title:  Daughter of Regals and Other Tales
Author:  Stephen R. Donaldson
Pages:  337
Genre:  Fantasy / Science Fiction / Horror
Publisher:  Del Rey, 1984
Series:  Stand Alone

Synopsis:  In his first collection of short fiction, the bestselling author of White Gold Wielder presents eight superb stories, including "Gilden-Fire," the famous "outtake" from Illearth War, and two brand new novellas written especially for this edition. Enter a world of mystics and unicorns, angels and kings -- all realized with the same dazzling style and imagination that has made Stephen R. Donaldson a modern master of the fantasy genre.

Review:  There are eight stories in this book, including 5 fantasies, 2 science fiction and 1 horror.  I liked them all, but I think Unworthy of the Angel was my favorite, closely followed by Lady in White, Daughter of Regals and Ser Visal's Tale.

I had already read Gilden-Fire several times as it is part of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series, but I read it again and still enjoyed it.

Mythological Beast and Animal Lover both were dystopian science fiction and horrific in their own ways.  The Conqueror Worm was a very short psychological horror story.

It's been quite a while since I read anything new by this author and I'm happy to say that he remains one of my all-time favorite authors.

Rating:  8.5 / 10

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