THE RITES OF POWER, THE ART OF WAR
are the subjects of the fifteen original tales created for this volume by such masters of spellbinding fantasy as Tanith Lee, Andre Norton, Melanie Rawn, William F. Wu, Rebecca Ore, Pamela Sargent, and Jennifer Roberson. Here, from many times and many cultures, are wondrous and heroic stories of those special women who became masters of both martial and magical arts, either out of the need to survive and protect their own, or because they desired freedom and equality in a world which too often denied women these rights.
From Kleopatra's bargain with a god on the eve of battle...to a courageous woman ready to lead her people across the seas to unexplored lands in the hope of finding a haven to call home...to a princess who finds an unusual way to earn respect in a man's world...to a wife ready to call upon the powers of the earth itself to defeat the demon who holds her husband captive...these are the magnificent tales of challenges met, victories won, and sacrifices made by those fascinating females-- WARRIOR ENCHANTRESSES
Cover Art by Luis Royo
First Printing: September 1996