TORTALL AND OTHER LANDS: A COLLECTION OF TALES, is it good???
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I had already read a few of the stories in other collections and liked them so it wasn't a huge surprise that these were good. One of those stories was about Kylaia al Jmaa, the Shang Unicorn and how she became the amazing warrior that she was (Liam mentions her once in Lioness Rampant).
Another story I had already read was about a society - not even sure which one - that didn't allow it's women to read and kept them veiled and such. It wasn't the Bazaar though.
But they also told that same story from another perspective for the first time in this collection. And the best part of that story was one of the main characters was the tree that Numair turned into a human by using a Word of Power to turn Tristan Staghorn into an apple tree in Wolf-Speaker. I thought that was great!
Oh, and it does have one with Nawat and Aly about the birth of their kids. That was pretty interesting, though those two have never been my favorite characters.
Is it worth buying in hardcover? *shrug* I'm probably one of the most devote Tortall fans out there, but I would say that if you can get it from the library first do that. I think it'll be worth owning, but wait until the paperback to buy. If only because it has very few of the main characters that we love in it.