Unfettered II
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Unfettered II


Life can kick us when we are down.

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-one 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 line-up for Unfettered II:

Foreword by Terry Brooks
Bradley Beaulieu (Song of Shattered Sands)
“Day One” by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files)
“Figures” by Rachel Caine
“The Hedgewitch” by Sarah Beth Durst (The Queens of Renthia)
“The King’s Despatcher” by David Farland (Runelords)
“The Gunnie” by Charlaine Harris
“Bulletproof” by Mark Lawrence (Gunlaw)
“The Raven” by Erin Lindsey (Bloodbound)
“And Men Will Mine the Mountain for Our Souls” by Seanan McGuire
“The Red-Rimmed Eyes of Tóu Mǎ” by Aidan Moher
“Castle Coeurlieu” by Naomi Novik
“A Slow Kill” by Peter Orullian (Vault of Heaven)
“Aokigahara” by J.A. Pitts
“A Duel of Evils” by Anthony Ryan (Raven’s Shadow)
“The Thrill” by Brandon Sanderson (Stormlight Archive)
“Victim with a Capital V” by Scott Sigler
“The Last Flowers of the Spring Witch” by Shawn Speakman (Annwn Cycle)
“Little Wren and the Big Forest” by Michael J. Sullivan (The Legends of the First Empire)
“Magic Beans” by Django Wexler
“The Decoy” by Janny Wurts (Wars of Light and Shadow)
Todd Lockwood (Cover Artist)
Don Maitz (Interior Illustrator)

With the help of New York Times bestselling 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?

Title:Unfettered II
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:584 pages

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  • Alissa
    Dec 10, 2016

    This anthology is a precious gift, for both the contributes, the editing, the cover, the interior art, the dedication and the cause.Castle Coeurlieu by Naomi Novik: I liked Novik's novel Uprooted, and...

  • Kristen
    Dec 25, 2016

    As per usual, Shawn Speakman delivers a great anthology. I didn't outright not like any of the stories in this one (but I did find a couple a little boring- as is bound to happen). Here's a little mor...

  • Shawn Speakman
    Oct 22, 2016

    I am biased. But this anthology is about as wonderful and magical as any I've read. And I've read more than a few. I really enjoy having these Unfettered anthologies being themeless. It allows every c...

  • Evgeni Kirilov
    Feb 22, 2017

    I only read Brandon Sanderson's The Thrill, but if the other stories in this anthology are of similar quality, then it has more than deserved its 5 star rating. I imagine I will read the rest eventual...

  • Mirta
    Feb 09, 2017

    This is a nice collection of fantasy tales that started with Unfettered I to help a fellow writer pay for his cancer treatment. He was cured, but unfortunately mom didn't. This new version is a way to...

  • Thomas
    Mar 01, 2017

    Only read the Dalinar chapters. The first chapter was EXCELLENT. It slowed down as the chapters progressed, but with good reason. I think the rest of the Dalinar chapters (when they release) will make...

  • Craig 'KODIAKC' Black
    Mar 13, 2017

    Great cause. Some great short stories ...

  • Steve
    Mar 21, 2017

    Read for Jim Butcher's "Day One"...

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    Feb 03, 2017


  • Donraj
    Jan 01, 2017

    Really just got this book for the new Dresden Files short story. It was good as expected, albeit even shorter than I would have thought...