Never After

Never After

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The bonds of love...

The bonds of matrimony...

The bonds between husband and wife...

Let's face it-some bonds are made to be broken.

Here, for the first time ever, are four stories from today's most provocative authors that take the classic idea of the "faerie tale wedding" and give it a swift kick in the bustle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515147285
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/27/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 729,997
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry series. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.

Yasmine Galenorn is the New York Times bestselling author of the Otherworld novels and the Fly by Night series.

Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney who has lived and worked throughout Asia. She hails from both coasts, but currently resides in the Midwest, where she writes full-time. When not writing, she enjoys listening to music, painting, designing websites, and returning to old movie favorites, some of which involve light sabers, various applications of the Force, and small green men with pointy ears. She is also, occasionally, commandeered by poodles.

Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.


St. Louis, Missouri

Date of Birth:

February 19, 1963

Place of Birth:

Heber Springs, Arkansas


B.A., Marion College

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Never After 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
"Can He Bake a Cherry Pie?" by Laurell K. Hamilton. Elinore rejects her father's arranged marriage to the perverted earl; instead she decides to rescue Prince True from the witch in the cave who proved women are stronger than men.------- "The Shadow of Mist" by Yasmine Galenorn. Siobhan Morgan the wereseal selkie rejects the arranged marriage with the man who raped her; Terrance has searched for her for over a century demanding she complete the contract. Siobhan ponders her next move.------- "The Tangleroot Palace" by Marjorie M. Liu. The king orders his daughter Princess Salinda to wed the warlord, but instead Sally flees to a magical forest where a queen demands she complete a quest or else.---------- "The Wrong Bridegroom" by Sharon Shinn. At Kallenore Castle, King Reginald offers his daughter Princess Olivier in marriage to the first man who completes three tests successfully.--------- This super thematic romantic fairy tales collection is owned by the independent women who reject men ordering them to marry mates not of their choice; bravely they insist on much more from a mate.----------- Harriet Klausner
cnctreasures More than 1 year ago
This is great group of stories, I really love these books. Not only do I get an extra book from my favorite authors. These are a great way to find new favorite authors!
Katagaria More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Fresh new twist on the old fairy tales. I will always buy anything from Laurell K. Hamilton as well as Marjorie M. Liu and Yasmine Galenorn. I love their writing and my daughter has been enjoying their books as well. This was the first time I have read anything from Sharon Shinn, but will have to check out her other works. Thank you ladies for all of the memorable hours we spend in your worlds. You all have great talent. I recommend your books to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The anthologies are fun and give those little connections to favorite characters in the series written by each author. The book is fun to read and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
cissa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good quartet of stories. The LKH was good- better than I'd anticipated- but very short; the other ones were longer. I particularly liked the Liu and the Shinn stories, but that doesn't surprise me because they were why I bought the book. Both were good, though the Liu one was somewhat more idiosyncratic.
tuliene on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lot of fun to read- I think that the contributors were give a theme - parents decide daughter is going to get married to richer, older prince/duke etc. - then what. These are fairy tales with twists and (thank goodnessi ) interesting princesses. Enjoyed all the stories although Gallenorn's story ended quite abruptly (as though she realized it wasn't supposed to be a novel, just a short story,
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So I like fairy tales. A Lot. If I didn't, I wouldn't be as excited about "Never After" as I am. I thought this was an interesting, fun anthology. Some common themes appear to run throughout. The stories feature princesses who are running away from marriages to men they didn't pick. In most of the stories, their father, the King is a jerk. In most of the stories, the princesses run away. Yet all the tales are unique and engaging. The book was a fairly quick read and I am glad to have bought it. "Can He Bake A Cherry Pie" by Laurell K Hamilton headlines the book, but her story is disappointingly short. The good news is that the story comes without the vaguest hint of sex. It also reminded me that Hamilton is an excellent writer. Unfortunately the story is so short, the reader is left wanting more. As it stands I don't believe its a story I will long remember. 3 stars. "The Shadow of Mist" by Yasmin Galenorn was very good. The story takes place in her Sisters of the Moon series, which I really enjoy. Instead of being narrated by one of the three sisters its narrated by their Selkie friend Siobhan. This story was also on the short side, but it was fully developed and I didn't feel cheated. 4 stars. "The Tangleroot Palace" by Marjorie M Liu was a wonderful story and probably my second favorite of the bunch. It was about a princess who didn't want to marry a wicked WarLord so she runs away to find her future in the Tangleroot forest. Her adventures during her journey and the madcap group of characters she met up with are the strongest charms of this story and her 'prince' ended up being my favorite of all the men we met in this anthology. The one thing that kept this story from being five star is that I didn't care for the big magical finale in the forest. I thought it wasn't well explained and it sort of didn't make sense. Its a credit to her characters and the story Liu drew that this didnt' bother me much more. 4 star. "The Wrong Bridegroom" by Sharon Shinn Was the story I least looked forward to. The funny thing, as things often end up, this was my absolute favorite of the foursome. This was also the only story by an author that I had never read previously. (I've never read a novel by Liu, but I have read several short stories). This story was the meatiest of the group and was roughly 150 pages. This was truly a fully fleshed out story with characters that developed and grew along the way. It also had the best finale of the four stories and I was engaged and charmed by the tale. I find myself wanting to read more of these characters. 5 Star This was a clean, delightful collection of tales and its a shame that the leasst magical one of the bunch was the headliner. I hope everyone who bought the book for Hamilton or Galenorn actually read to the end for the other two gems.
dragonasbreath on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You know how the story will end, right? Wrong. Happily Never After is four tales by four authors with a common theme: They DO NOT end as you expect them to. The character DOES NOT get a 'happily every after' ending.At least, the one you would expect them to.
janemarieprice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of one short story and three novellas which follow what happens when the princess refuses to marry her betrothed. This was a delightful collection which plays on the fairy tale genre. Can He Bake a Cherry Pie by Laurell K. Hamilton ¿ The princess determines to rescue a captured prince rather than marry the oaf her father has chosen for her. ***The Shadow of Mist by Yasmine Galenorn ¿ A selkie princess¿s wicked fiancé has tracked her down right as she has found love with another. **The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie M. Liu ¿ A princess runs away to an enchanted forest to avoid marrying a warlord, but the forest is more sinister than she imagined. ****The Wrong Bridegroom by Sharon Shinn ¿ A series of competitions are held to win the princess¿s hand, but will she want to marry the winner? ****
quantumbutterfly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I only borrowed this book for one story: The Shadow of Mist by Yasmine Galenorn. The story is about a secondary character in her Otherworld series, a selkie woman named Siobhan Morgan. Her past had been nebulous until this, and now we find out why. A century before current events to the story, Siobhan had been assaulted by a roane prince who then made arrangements with her family to marry her. She ran away and stayed on the run for most of the ensuing time, but now she's been found again. Now, when she is pregnant and engaged. She is determined to stay out of the clutches of this man just as much as he's determined to own her. We learn more about Siobhan's roots, which even she did not know.My four star rating is for this story. I was once a big reader of urban fantasy and similar books but now read only a very small amount. Ms. Galenorn has stayed on my list without question. She's a great writer and keeps me hooked.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Four stories of princesses who, when trapped in untenable situations take matters into their own hands to win the day. Well, almost all of them...Laurell K. Hamilton shows a softer, less horror-driven side in Can He Bake a Cherry Pie. Facing imminent betrothal to a lecherous, power-hungry noble, Elinore decides suicide by tradition to be the better option. Imagine her surprise when politeness and a dab hand at the womanly arts take the prize.Yasmine Galenorn's Shadow of Mist about a selkie stalked for centuries finally forced to face her stalker and tell the truth about her past, was for me the weakest link. Set in modern times with a whiny heroine who depends mainly on someone else to rescue her... this was the odd story out, and not in a good way.In the Tangleroot Palace, Marjorie M. Liu's princess faces marriage to a barbarous warlord. She runs away to a magic forest, trusting a quick tongue and clever wit to keep her safe. A band of roving players, an evil queen, and a hero as unique as the princess - plenty of action and snappy dialogue made me wish this entry was twice as long.Sharon Shinn's The Wrong Bridegroom presents a spoiled princess whose refusal to marry her father's choice has resulted in a competition for her hand. When the contest ends with two winners, the plot thickens considerably. Complete with an "evil stepmother, it's an entertaining twist on an old premise.
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