BLACKGUARDS: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues

By Various | Edited by J.M. Martin | Cover art by Arman Akopian

Whether by coin or by blood... YOU WILL PAY.


A FANTASY ANTHOLOGY featuring the deadly, the worldly, and the sneaky. BLACKGUARDS consists mainly of stories in established series, and the authors range from wildly successful indie authors to New York Times bestsellers.


Featuring tales set in the worlds of Michael J. Sullivan's Riyria, David Dalglish's Dezrel, Mark Lawrence's The Broken Empire, Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori, Mark Smylie's Sword and Barrow, Anthony Ryan's Raven's Shadow, Shawn Speakman's Chronicles of Annwn, Carol Berg's Sanctuary, James A. Moore's Seven Forges, Django Wexler's Shadow Campaigns, Laura Resnick's Silerian Trilogy, Peter Orullian's Vault of Heaven, Kenny Soward's GnomeSaga, Paul S. Kemp's Egil and Nix, and more!


If you enjoy roguish tales of scoundrels and ne'er-do-wells, many of them set in established worlds, BLACKGUARDS is for you!




FOREWORD by GLEN COOK (Black Company)

CAROL BERG, "Seeds"  

RICHARD LEE BYERS, "Troll Trouble" 

DAVID DALGLISH, "Take You Home" 

JAMES ENGE, "Thieves at the Gate" 

JOHN GWYNNE, "Better to Live than to Die" 

LIAN HEARN, "His Kikuta Hands" 

SNORRI KRISTJANSSON, "A Kingdom and a Horse" 

JOSEPH LALLO, "Seeking the Shadow" 

MARK LAWRENCE, "The Secret" 

TIM MARQUITZ, "A Taste of Agony" 

PETER ORULLIAN, "A Length of Cherrywood" 

CAT RAMBO, "The Subtler Art" 

LAURA RESNICK, "Friendship" 

MARK SMYLIE, "Manhunt" 

KENNY SOWARD, "Jancy's Justice" 

SHAWN SPEAKMAN, "The White Rose Thief" 

JON SPRUNK, "Sun and Steel" 


MICHAEL J. SULLIVAN, "Professional Integrity"

DJANGO WEXLER, "The First Kill"

ANTHONY RYAN, "The Lord Collector"

PAUL S. KEMP, "A Better Man"

JAMES A. MOORE, "What Gods Demand"

JEAN RABE, "Mainon"


S.R. CAMBRIDGE, ""The Magus and the Betyar"

CLAY SANGER, "The Long Kiss"


The special eBook edition of BLACKGUARDS also includes the anthology companion entitled THE BLACKGUARDS BLACKLIST, thus you get an additional ELEVEN cutting-edge stories by:


ROB J. HAYES, "To the End"
REBECCA LOVATT, "To Steal the Moon"
EDWARD M. ERDELAC, "The Muttwhelp"
ANTHONY LOWE, "The Lonesome Dark"
LINDA ROBERTSON, "Comeuppance"
SAM KNIGHT, "The Assassination of Poppy Smithswife"
S.M. WHITE, "Telhinsol's Shadow"
NOAH HEINRICH, "The Laughing Wind"
MIKE THEODORSSON, "Bloody Gratitude"
ERIK SCOTT DE BIE, "Angel of Tears"


BLACKGUARDS plus the BLACKGUARDS BLACKLIST is a collection of 38 spectacular, grimdark, heavy-hitting, epic fantasy tales, most of them set within the proprietary worlds of the authors herein. This is THE massive fantasy collection for the assassin / mercenary / rogue / thief enthusiast.


Cover art by Arman Akopian | Interior artwork by Oksana Dmitrienko & Orion Zangara — see the amazing artwork of BLACKGUARDS here.



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Edited by J.M. Martin 1
Genre Anthology / Short Story Collection / Grimdark / Epic Fantasy 4
ISBN (print) 978-1-941987-06-3 $25.95 USD 5
ISBN (eBook) 978-1-513064-07-9 $9.99 USD 2
ASIN (Kindle) B00WQJOCX4 $9.99 USD 3
Approx. Pages 750
Release Date 04/27/2015

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"It's a chihuahua killer! But so full of story goodness!"

—Misty Massey (@MistyMassey), Author of Mad Kestrel


"I'm about 70% through the Blackguards anthology, and it's the best collection of stories I've ever gotten my hands on. I DON'T WANT IT TO END."

—Lillith Sullivan (@Lilithiel)


"So full of imagination it could stop bullets. Far exceeding my expectations."

—Knee Level Command (@SontaranPR)


"If you enjoy grimdark, if you enjoy stories of villains and antiheroes surviving by their wits and their subtlety, these stories will not only provide you with hours of enjoyment, but will add to your to-be-read pile."

—Richard Bray, Fantasy Faction


"...the best kind of fantasy that transports you to the sort of world which you might enjoy visiting for a little bit of danger in your life. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it takes itself just seriously enough. 10/10"

—Charles Phipps, The Bookie Monster


"Blackguards is the must-have anthology if grimdark is your genre of choice."

—Greg Hersom,