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Tales by Masters of Fantasy

by (author) Shawn Speakman, Todd Lockwood, Daniel Abraham, Jennifer Bosworth, Peter V. Brett, Terry Brooks, Jacqueline Carey, Blake Charlton, David Anthony Durham, Lev Grossman, Kevin Hearne, Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Mark Lawrence, Naomi Novik, Peter Orullian, Robert V.S. Redick, Patrick Rothfuss, R.A. Salvatore, Michael J. Sullivan, Eldon Thompson, Carrie Vaughn & Tad Williams

cover design or artwork by Stacie Pitt

Grim Oak Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2023
Short Stories, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2023
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The award-winning anthology, in trade paperback for the first time, featuring two-dozen SF&F short stories, including one of the last published works within Robert Jordan's bestselling Wheel of Time series!

If you enjoy SF&F written by some of the best storytellers working today, this first Unfettered collection from series editor Shawn Speakman is for you. Enter worlds beyond your wildest imagination, journey through a vast array of themes, and explore the complexities of humanity and the wonders of the universe in these enthralling stories that will leave you spellbound.

Terry Brooks offered the seed that grew into his Word/Void trilogy. Patrick Rothfuss wrote a lyrical Four Corners story about Naming. Jacqueline Carey shared the beautiful tale that ultimately inspired Kushiel’s Dart. Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson delivered one of the last Wheel of Time stories to ever be published. Naomi Novik explored the Temeraire universe in the stars. These stories and more comprise this incredible anthology for which, as the title suggests, the writers were free to contribute whatever they wished.

The complete contents:

  • Foreword by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Introduction: The Ten Years That Have Been
  • The Unlocked Tome by Shawn Speakman
  • Imaginary Friends by Terry Brooks
  • How Old Holly Came To Be by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Old Scale Game by Tad Williams
  • Game of Chance by Carrie Vaughn
  • The Martyr of the Roses by Jacqueline Carey
  • Mudboy by Peter V. Brett
  • The Sound of Broken Absolutes by Peter Orullian
  • The Coach with Big Teeth by R.A. Salvatore
  • Keeper of Memory by Todd Lockwood
  • Heaven in a Wild Flower by Blake Charlton
  • Dogs by Daniel Abraham
  • The Chapel Perilous by Kevin Hearne
  • Select Mode by Mark Lawrence
  • All the Girls Love Michael Stein by David Anthony Durham
  • Strange Rain by Jennifer Bosworth
  • Nocturne by Robert V.S. Redick
  • Unbowed by Eldon Thompson
  • In Favour with Their Stars by Naomi Novik
  • River of Souls by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
  • The Jester by Michael J. Sullivan
  • The Duel by Lev Grossman
  • Walker and the Shade of Allanon by Terry Brooks
  • The Unfettered Knight by Shawn Speakman

Now celebrating its tenth anniversary with this paperback release, Unfettered is a fantastic compilation that is perfect for fans of these authors already and for anyone wishing to discover new ones!

About the authors

Shawn Speakman is the award-winning editor of Unfettered, Unbound, and Unfettered II, and the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban fantasy novel Terry Brooks called “a fine tale by a talented writer.” An avid fan of SF&F, he owns Grim Oak Press and freelance writers for Penguin Random House. He currently lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and son.


Shawn Speakman's profile page

Stacie Pitt is a freelance artist who graduated from Southern Utah University with a BFA in Studio Arts and who studied with award-winning artist Todd Lockwood. Learn more at


Stacie Pitt's profile page

Todd Lockwood's art has appeared on New York Times-bestselling novels, industry magazines, and fantasy/science fiction games, such as Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. He has won more than 15 Chesley Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, and two World Fantasy Art Show Awards. He currently lives in Washington with his wife and three children. The Summer Dragon is his debut novel. He can be found at

Todd Lockwood's profile page

Daniel Abraham's profile page

Jennifer Bosworth's profile page

Peter V. Brett's profile page

Terry Brooks' profile page

Jacqueline Carey's profile page

Blake Charlton's profile page

David Anthony Durham's profile page

Lev Grossman's profile page

Kevin Hearne's profile page

Robert Jordan's profile page

Brandon Sanderson's profile page

Mark Lawrence's profile page

Naomi Novik's profile page

Peter Orullian's profile page

Robert V.S. Redick's profile page

Patrick Rothfuss' profile page

R.A. Salvatore's profile page

Michael J. Sullivan's profile page

Eldon Thompson's profile page

Carrie Vaughn's profile page

Tad Williams is a New York Times and London Sunday Times bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction, with novels translated into more than twenty languages and a global readership. He hosted a syndicated radio show for over a decade, co-created the first completely interactive television program, and is currently involved in film, television, comic books, computer games and other multimedia projects. He and his family live in California.

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