- New Tales by Masters of Fantasy
- Narrated by: Sarah Coomes, Michael Kramer, Emily Woo Zeller, Nick Podehl, Erin Mallon, Gabriel Vaughan, full cast
- Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 13-06-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Whispersync for Voice-ready
In Shawn Speakman's case, he is fighting back.
Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011, Speakman beat the disease as well as the massive medical debt he amassed from its treatment. He did this by publishing Unfettered, an anthology featuring short stories donated by some of the best science fiction and fantasy writers working today.
The fight will not stop there. In an effort to pay forward the aid he received - and to memorialize his mother who passed away from stomach cancer in early 2016 - Speakman has again collaborated with celebrated genre authors to publish Unfettered II. All proceeds from the anthology will either help eliminate medical debt for other authors or be donated to cancer research hubs around the world.
Twenty original new tales comprise this amazing collection and, as the title suggests, the writers were again free to contribute whatever they wished.
Here is the lineup for Unfettered II:
Foreword by Terry Brooks
Bradley Beaulieu (Song of Shattered Sands)
Jim Butcher (Dresden Files)
Sarah Beth Durst (The Queens of Renthia)
David Farland (Runelords)
Erin Lindsey (Bloodbound)
Peter Orullian (Vault of Heaven)
J. A. Pitts
Anthony Ryan (Raven's Shadow)
Brandon Sanderson (Stormlight Archive)
Shawn Speakman (Annwn Cycle)
Michael J. Sullivan (The Legends of the First Empire)
Janny Wufts (Wars of Light and Shadow)
With the help of New York Times best-selling authors as well as talented newcomers, Speakman has taken the platform Unfettered created to not only confront medical debt but to support the battle against one of our gravest illnesses. Unfettered II is a fantastic sequel anthology, but it is more than that; it is proof that we are stronger together than we are apart.
After all, isn't that what genre fiction is all about?
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By AtomixIGN on 06-07-17
This is a very nice fantasy anthology.
Speakman has been a very solid job collecting works from a number of accomplished authors. As is often the case the big names are the best. Here, Brandon Sanderson's excerpt from The Stormlight Archive "The Thrill" is the real standout if you are already acquainted with his other work.
"Day One" by Jim Butcher featuring a short story about Butters from The Dresden Files is a must read or listen to any fan of Dresden, Urban fantasy, or Gaming.
I think the Hidden Gem (so to speak) here is "And Men Will Mine the Mountain for Our Souls" by Seanan McGuire. I've never read what I can only describe as a first person introspective by a dragon before. But now that I have I can't imagine anybody could do better.
Not every short story in this or any Anthology is a home run. that said I think there's enough here to satisfy most people. And it's very well produced with a great cast. Even Nick Podell makes an appearance although James Marsters is more noticeably absent.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Ari Solomon on 19-08-17
This collection was incredibly diverse with a few stories unfinished, but the best stories made the whole purchase worth it! Great way to find a new favorite author or voice actor.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful