When Moa sees Perin, she knows he is the man she wants to marry. A chief's son and a chief's daughter: it seems the perfect match. But Perin has a terrible secret, one he cannot reveal even to his wife - and when Moa discovers it, nothing can ever be the same between them again. Fantasy short story.
When a rich glass merchant is charged with treason, no clerk or fighter will defend her in court – except for a pair of struggling newcomers desperate for cash and glory. This case could make their reputation, but only if they survive...
Gorauen has trained for years to be a champion swordfighter like her mother. But when their people rise in armed rebellion, Gorauen faces a choice: to stay safe within the pleasant confines of the life she has always known, or assume command and accept the harsh code of the blade.
When Mrs Wren finds a belligerent flower fairy living among her prized roses, her first impulse is to snip him out of her life. But fairies know how to make mortals do their bidding. Funny fantasy short story.
Sword-champion to the lord of the northern mountains, Argel has created a new home and purpose for herself. But when he sends her south again, she must face the devastation of her past - and confront Cadarn, once her friend and then her enemy, and now...something more.
The woodcutter's wife is so eager for a child that she asks the elf queen for help. But elves are tricky creatures, and a mortal woman can be drawn too deep into their games. Luckily, the woodcutter has a secret weapon. Funny fantasy story.
When a dropped peach cracks open to reveal a young boy, the elderly couple who find him aren't sure what to do. But Momo stays with them, and is a son to them, until one day he leaves to slay demons. Fantasy short story retelling the classic Japanese fairy tale of Momo Taro the Peach Boy.
Cadarn, former adventurer and now a King's Man, hunts down bandit gangs hiding in the mountains - and confronts Argel, the ruthless swordswoman who was once his friend but now leads an armed rebellion against the king.
She's tough and sharp and fearless, raised to be a secret weapon in her people's rebellion against the conquerors from the plains. He's a mercenary running security escorts for rich merchants through the treacherous mountains. A fight brings them together - and as they face danger and adversity, something grows between the two enemies that might almost be called...trust.
Dami's mother is dying, and the tribe's shaman has exhausted all her powers to try and save her. So Dami goes to the Great Eagle to offer her own life instead. But when the Eagle refuses, Dami must find some other way to save the women she loves more than anyone else in the world.
Men live by the sword. Among the mountain people, a man unskilled with the blade is already dead. But Galchai intends to survive - and when his people rise in rebellion against the conquerors from the plains, he seizes command. That places him in direct conflict with the greatest swordsmen of the age - including his own brother...
A cracksman steals things - he doesn't put them back. But at Faith's insistence, Jonathan risks his neck to drop a magical hellfish into a household guarded by spectral hounds. Adventure fantasy short story.
Nisha is an ice-diver, who must visit the frozen halls of Arundhati and bring back the magic that sustains her own garden country. But deep under the ice, she loses her way - and risks her life to save that of her closest friend. Fantasy short story.
On the run from thugs and spectral beasts after his last hit, Jonathan must find a place to hide - unless he agrees to do a risky little job for his magician friend, Faith. Adventure fantasy short story.
Bychan, former thief and street urchin, now has the care of Trent, another rescued child. But reforming Trent proves tougher than he expected, and Bychan must face up to his own past first. Adventure fantasy short story.
Bychan, a street urchin, makes a slim living stealing purses along with his partner Del. But when they target a King's Man, they land themselves in worse trouble than they can imagine. Adventure fantasy short story.
Urashima is a dutiful son who respects the wishes of his parents. But when he nets a strange and beautiful woman from the sea, passion wins out over duty. Short story retelling the classic Japanese fairy tale of Urashima Taro and the Turtle.
When Drysi's father is killed in single combat, she swears revenge on the swordswoman who bested him. But defeating a champion fighter is no easy task - and the more Drysi learns about her opponent, the less she wants her to die.
Armen, a nomad warrior, has sworn to destroy the settlers who conquered his ancestral land. Metis, a sorceress, is determined to defend her city against the marauders. When the two of them meet, only one can survive. Fantasy short story.
When Jonathan steals a valuable trinket-box, its magical alarm sets a pack of vicious spectral hounds on him. He's forced to hide in the home of his sorceress friend Faith, who might be less dangerous...or maybe not. Adventure fantasy short story.