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Briar Rose

, || Read the new preface from Jane Yolen's graceful retelling of the German folktale of “Briar Rose”—also known as “Sleeping Beauty”. Yolen sets the story amid forests patrolled by the German army during World War II, and confronts the deeply tragic events of the Holocaust with lyrical prose and rich characterizations that tell a tale of good and evil, hope and despair.

Centaur Rising (Excerpt)

, || One night during the Perseid meteor shower, Arianne thinks she sees a shooting star land in the fields surrounding her family's horse farm. About a year later, one of their horses gives birth to a baby centaur. The family has enough attention already as Arianne's six-year-old brother was born with birth defects caused by an experimental drug—the last thing they need is more scrutiny. But their clients soon start growing suspicious. Just how long is it possible to keep a secret? And what will happen if the world finds out?

Briar Rose

In the heat of midsummer 1942, deep in a forest in the heart of Poland, Briar Rose arrives at a castle that has fallen into the hands of an evil army. Corrupted by dark deeds and choked by a poisonous mist, the castle will soon come to be known as Chelmno extermination camp. And in that place of death, Briar Rose is plunged into a deep sleep….

Ever since she was a child, Rebecca has been enchanted by her grandmother Gemma’s stories of Briar Rose. Becca would have sworn the stories were made up, but on her deathbed Gemma extracts from Becca a promise to fulfill three impossible requests: find the castle, find the prince, and find the spell-maker. Her vow sends Becca on a remarkable journey to uncover the truth of Gemma’s astonishing claim: I am Briar Rose.

Jane Yolen’s graceful retelling of the German folktale of “Briar Rose”—also known as “Sleeping Beauty”—sets the story amid forests patrolled by the German army during World War II. Yolen confronts the deeply tragic events of the Holocaust with lyrical prose and rich characterizations that tell a tale of good and evil, hope and despair. Tor Teen’s new edition of Briar Rose is available April 19th—read Yolen’s new preface to the novel below!

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Centaur Rising (Excerpt)

One night during the Perseid meteor shower, Arianne thinks she sees a shooting star land in the fields surrounding her family’s horse farm. About a year later, one of their horses gives birth to a baby centaur.

The family has enough attention already as Arianne’s six-year-old brother was born with birth defects caused by an experimental drug—the last thing they need is more scrutiny. But their clients soon start growing suspicious. Just how long is it possible to keep a secret? And what will happen if the world finds out?

Jane Yolen imagines what it would be like if a creature from another worldGideon Smith amazon buy link came to ours in this thoughtfully written, imaginative novel, Centaur Rising—available October 21st from Henry Holt & Co.

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Portrait of the Book As Golem

Presenting “Portrait of the Book As Golem,” an original poem by Jane Yolen in celebration of National Poetry Month on Tor.com, acquired for Tor.com by Tor Books senior editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden.

Tor.com is celebrating National Poetry Month by featuring science fiction and fantasy poetry from a variety of SFF authors. You’ll find classic works, hidden gems, and new commissions featured on the site throughout the month. Bookmark the Poetry Month index for easy reading.

[“Portrait of the Book As Golem”]

Series: Poetry Month

The Jewel in the Toad Queen’s Crown

For your reading pleasure, we are debuting Jane Yolen’s new short story “The Jewel in the Toad Queen’s Crown,” from Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, out on March 19 from Tor Books.

“Gaslamp Fantasy,” or historical fantasy set in a magical version of the nineteenth century, has long been popular with readers and writers alike. Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells is an anthology for everyone who loves these works of neo-Victorian fiction, and wishes to explore the wide variety of ways that modern fantasists are using nineteenth-century settings, characters, and themes. These approaches stretch from steampunk fiction to the Austen-and-Trollope inspired works that some critics call Fantasy of Manners, all of which fit under the larger umbrella of Gaslamp Fantasy. The result is eighteen stories by experts from the fantasy, horror, mainstream, and young adult fields, including both bestselling writers and exciting new talents such as Elizabeth Bear, James Blaylock, Jeffrey Ford, Ellen Kushner, Tanith Lee, Gregory Maguire, Delia Sherman, and Catherynne M. Valente, who present a bewitching vision of a nineteenth century invested (or cursed!) with magic.

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Bordertown, Behind-the-Scenes

Will Shetterly: My wife, Emma Bull, and I read the first Borderland anthology when it was published and loved it, but we didn’t expect to be invited to play in that universe. Then Bordertown series creator Terri Windling asked if we were planning to visit Boskone, we said we had no money, and she said if we wrote a Borderlands story, she could get a check to us that would cover our trip.

I didn’t know it at the time, but that’s the Bordertown way: we made something we loved; in return, we got to hang with people we loved.

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The Last Dragon (Excerpt)

Two hundred years ago, humans drove the dragons from the islands of May. Now, the last of the dragons rises to wreak havoc anew-with only a healer’s daughter and a kite-flying would-be hero standing in its way.

“Romantic artwork, rich and elegant in color, powerful in design and line, gives vivid life to this tale of a young village couple outwitting a dragon.”  – Ursula K. Le Guin

Enjoy this excerpt from Jane Yolen and Rebecca Guay’s new graphic novel, The Last Dragon, out this week from Dark Horse Comics!

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