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Book Five. Highly Recommended. By Fritz Leiber, illustrated by Tyler Jacobson, introduction by Michael Swanwick. The Swords of Lankhmar finds the city characteristically plagued by rats. Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser are in the employ of Glipkerio, the overlord, to guard a grain ship on its journey. Along the way, the rats onboard stage a rebellion and threaten to take the ship until a two-headed sea monster saves the day. If only there were two-headed sea monsters everywhere, Lankhmar would be safe, too.Centipede Press, 2021.

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The Swords of Lankhmar finds the city characteristically plagued by rats. Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser are in the employ of Glipkerio, the overlord, to guard a grain ship on its journey. Along the way, the rats onboard stage a rebellion and threaten to take the ship until a two-headed sea monster saves the day. If only there were two-headed sea monsters everywhere, Lankhmar would be safe, too.

Alas, upon returning to the city, the two discover that Lankhmar is controlled by rats. It is a city known for its thieves and swine, but even the city’s muddiest bottom feeders have never seen pillaging and plundering like this. And only the sorcerers Sheelba of the Eyeless Face and Ningauble of the Seven Eyes can scare this scourge. Mouser must shrink into the rat’s world and Fafhrd must unleash the feared feline War Cats. Then the fun really begins.

Before The Lord of the Rings took the world by storm, Leiber’s fantastic but thoroughly flawed antiheroes, Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, adventured deep within the caves of Inner Earth. They wondered and wandered to the edges of the Outer Sea, across the Land of Nehwon and throughout every nook and cranny of gothic Lankhmar, Nehwon’s grandest and most mystically corrupt city. Lankhmar is Leiber’s fully realized, vivid incarnation of urban decay and civilization’s corroding effect on the human psyche.

As may be expected from Centipede Press, this is a limited edition, finely produced and lavishly illustrated. Book five, The Swords of Lankhmar, has a new introduction by Michael Swanwick and stunning color and duotone artwork by Tyler Jacobson.

The fifth book in the series, The Swords of Lankhmar, includes two essays on “Sex and the Fantasist,” “The Mouser & Hisvet,” and “The Tale of the Grain Ships.” It features five duotone interior illustrations, a full-color frontispiece, a full color wraparound dustjacket, and custom illustrated endpapers. Embossed cloth binding.

Tyler Jacobson’s work is outstanding, perfect for these stories. His art book is slated to appear in 2022 from Flesk Books.

Previous volumes are all out of print and not only command high prices but some, like Vol 3, are nearly impossible to find.

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