Poll: Have You Read Unfettered?

unfetteredUnfettered has been published for two months now.

For those of you who don’t know, it is a short story anthology featuring some of the best talent in the fantasy genre. Brandon Sanderson. Patrick Rothfuss. Naomi Novik. Tad Williams. R.A. Salvatore. Jacqueline Carey. Many, many etceteras that are just as great.

To see the full list, click HERE.

Terry contributed two stories. He couldn’t not. The anthology exists to eliminate my medical debt from treating cancer two years ago and Terry wanted to help in any way he could. I have great friends and Terry is one of the best.

Last night, some of those friends gathered in Seattle, WA. Bestselling writer Patrick Rothfuss held a book signing at the University Bookstore. Because Pat is a cool guy, he invited Peter Orullian, artist Nate Taylor (who did Pat’s maps as well as the art in The Adventures of the Princess & Mr. Whiffle), Terry, and me to participate. It was an Unfettered signing in a lot of ways. The crowd was huge. And they bought more than a hundred books, to be signed by all of us.

To start, Pat held a Q&A / Reading. Since there were no parking spots nearby, Terry had to park far away from the store, which resulted in him getting to the event a bit late. He couldn’t get to the seat we had saved him—hundreds of fans were between him and the chair—and since Pat had already started the event, Terry patiently waited…


… and I caught our author photobombing Pat! Ha!

I had a lot of fun. I love talking to readers. But I heard from many of those who came through the line that they didn’t even know Unfettered existed—or even what it was.

That informs my poll for today!

How many of you have read Unfettered?

And for those of you who have read, what were your favorite stories?


10 responses to “Poll: Have You Read Unfettered?”

  1. It is so hard to say which story was my favorite. This anthology brought together some of my favorite authors and it almost makes me feel bad saying which one submitted the best story…ALMOST.
    My favorite was actually from someone I was completely unfamiliar with. “Heaven in a Wild Flower” by Blake Charlton was such a moving and heartbreaking story that I found myself crying by the end. I’m not usually the type of person that cries or is emotionally swayed by a story (or even movies or television shows), but this story struck such a deep chord that I couldn’t help it. It was a very beautiful and interesting piece.
    I’d also like to mention that the opening to Mark Lawrence’s story “Select Mode” gave me chills and that “Mudboy” added a new character to Peter V. Brett’s universe that I am extremely excited to follow.
    This was a great anthology for a great cause and I recommend it to everyone I know that likes the fantasy genre. Thanks Shawn!

  2. I bought the Kindle version of Unfettered after seeing a shout-out for it on Brandon Sanderson’s Facebook page. After realizing that it included works by *both* Brandon and Terry, I knew I had to have it as soon as humanly possible. Unfortunately I was in the middle of an intensive study abroad program (4 hours/day of class+hwk–pretty brutal). I finished the whole thing in less than 2 days anyway (including the forward–I almost never read forwards). Couldn’t put it down. I’ve been re-reading the stories out of order ever since and I finally decided to look up all the authors I hadn’t heard of. And that’s what led me here to the site when I realized there were Terry Brooks books out that I hadn’t read and I needed to know where to start.

    I hope all the fans find it soon because it’s a fantastic read. I’ll be sure to recommend it to all my friends who like fantasy. It’s easily my most prized Kindle purchase, so I’m sure I won’t have any trouble making a strong case. I particularly identified with Imaginary Friends because I’ve been struggling with some chronic health issues of unknown origin for the last several years. I’m going to India on a quest to confront my own dragon this winter break. I hope that this time I will be able to seal it away for good. It seems you have already dealt with yours. Much respect and many wishes to lighten your load going forward.

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