Swords in the Mist

Fafhrd And the Gray Mouser-Book 3

CoverDrawing many of his own themes from Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, and H.P Lovecraft, master manipulator Fritz Leiber is a worldwide legend within the fantasy genre, actually coining the term "Sword and Sorcery" that describes the sub-genre he would more than help create.

Swords in the Mist, book three in the Lankhmar series, thrusts our indentured sword-swinging servants into the question of hate, its power and its purpose. You see it happens to be lean times in Lankhmar, illuminating that link between money and love. Luckily, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser don't always believe in love.

When Lankhmar gets too gritty, our travelers take to their other, less harsh mistress, the Sea. But the Sea can play tricks on men, and so can the Sea King. He can break a man or worse yet, curse him. But when he's away it's all play for the formidable swordsmen and the Triple Goddess . . . and two luscious sea queens.

But luck may not always be there as they discover on the way to Ningauble, their wizard employer. After a long journey in defense of their control over their own fates, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouse find themselves pawns in a life and death chess game, all of Lankhmar being the pieces. How many pawns will be left on the board before someone wins?

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, December 2009

Electronic version by Baen Books


Copyright© 1968 by Fritz Leiber

The Cloud of Hate was first published in Fantastic, May 1963.

Lean Times in Lankhmar was first published in Fantastic, November 1959.

Their Mistress, the Sea was newly written for this book.

The Wrong Branch was newly written for this book.

Adept's Gambit was first published in Night's Black Agents, Arkham House, 1947; copyright 1947 by Fritz Leiber.

A shorter version, abridged by the author, was published in Fantastic, May 1964.

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