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Liz Williams (1) (1965–)

Author of Snake Agent

For other authors named Liz Williams, see the disambiguation page.

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Series

Works by Liz Williams

Snake Agent (2005) 878 copies
The Demon And The City (2006) 474 copies
Precious Dragon (2007) 282 copies
The Poison Master (2002) 269 copies
Nine Layers of Sky (2003) 232 copies
Banner of Souls (2004) 232 copies
Empire of Bones (2002) 197 copies
The Shadow Pavilion (2009) 196 copies
The Ghost Sister (2001) 159 copies
Worldsoul (2012) 124 copies
The Iron Khan (2010) 104 copies
Darkland (2006) 82 copies
Comet Weather (2020) 76 copies
Winterstrike (2008) 66 copies
Bloodmind (2007) 63 copies
Blackthorn Winter (2020) 40 copies
A Glass of Shadow (2011) 32 copies
Embertide (2022) 24 copies
Salt on the Midnight Fire (2023) 21 copies
Necrochip (2011) 16 copies
Fabulous Brighton: An Anthology of Short Stories (2000) — Editor — 6 copies
Ikiryoh 6 copies
Fabulous Whitby (2008) — Editor — 5 copies
The Light Warden (2015) 5 copies
The Hide 4 copies
The Age of Ice 4 copies
Caulk The Witch-chaser (2009) 3 copies
Enigma 3 copies
The Water Cure 3 copies
Debatable Lands 3 copies
Caer Cold [short story] (2006) 2 copies
Queen Of The Sunlit Shore (2008) 2 copies
Spiderhorse 2 copies
Winterborn 2 copies
Morningstar 1 copy
Honeydark 1 copy
The Pale 1 copy
Loosestrife 1 copy
Lily Juice 1 copy
Skinnrig 1 copy
Tiger, Tiger 1 copy
Stormbird 1 copy
Cad Coddeu 1 copy
Milk 1 copy
Seamoth 1 copy
The Drove 1 copy

Associated Works

The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Contributor — 832 copies
Songs of the Dying Earth (2009) — Contributor — 639 copies
Year's Best SF 11 (2006) — Contributor — 236 copies
Year's Best SF 10 (2005) — Contributor — 231 copies
Old Mars (2015) — Contributor — 199 copies
Year's Best SF 12 (2007) — Contributor — 186 copies
Twenty-First Century Science Fiction (2013) — Contributor — 185 copies
Other Earths (2009) — Contributor — 181 copies
The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF (2013) — Contributor — 171 copies
The Book of Magic: A Collection of Stories (2018) — Contributor — 168 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 3 (2003) — Contributor — 134 copies
Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories (2007) — Contributor — 120 copies
The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy (2008) — Contributor — 110 copies
The Mammoth Book of New Jules Verne Adventures (2005) — Contributor — 99 copies
Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future (2002) — Contributor — 87 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 17 (2006) — Contributor — 78 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 6 (2006) — Contributor — 72 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2009 Edition (2010) — Contributor — 69 copies
Solaris Rising 2: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction (2013) — Contributor — 67 copies
When It Changed: Science into Fiction (2009) — Contributor — 58 copies
Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane (2012) — Contributor — 55 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 8 (2007) — Contributor — 48 copies
Fables from the Fountain (2011) — Contributor — 43 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 9 (2009) — Contributor — 34 copies
Myth-understandings (1996) — Contributor — 30 copies
Best of British Science Fiction 2020 (2021) — Composer — 25 copies
Time Pieces (2006) — Contributor — 25 copies
Best of British Science Fiction 2021 (2022) — Contributor — 24 copies
Future Bristol (2009) — Contributor — 21 copies
Shadows on the Hillside (2021) — Author — 17 copies
Once Upon a Parsec: The Book of Alien Fairy Tales (2019) — Contributor — 16 copies
Women Invent the Future (2018) — Contributor — 16 copies
The Best of Electric Velocipede (2014) — Contributor — 14 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 27, No. 12 [December 2003] (2003) — Contributor — 13 copies
Hauntings (2012) — Contributor — 13 copies
Anniversaries: The Write Fantastic (2010) — Contributor — 10 copies
Let's All Go to the Science Fiction Disco (2013) — Contributor — 10 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 62 • July 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 8 copies
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 24 (2009) — Contributor — 7 copies
Night's Nieces: The Legacy of Tanith Lee (2015) — Contributor — 7 copies
Emblèmes, Hors-série N° 2, Oct : Les Fées (2004) — Contributor — 6 copies
Subterranean Magazine Spring 2009 — Contributor — 5 copies
Dark Spires (2010) — Contributor — 5 copies
Twisted winter (2013) — Contributor — 4 copies
Obsidian: A Decade of Horror Stories by Women (2016) — Contributor — 3 copies
Realms of Fantasy, August 2008 (Vol. 14 No. 6) (2008) — Contributor — 3 copies
BSFA Awards 2018 (2019) — Contributor — 2 copies
Focus 73 (2021) — Contributor — 1 copy
Unexpected Journeys — Contributor — 1 copy
Dark in the Day (2016) — Contributor — 1 copy

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There was a time, when this series was in its prime, that I would drop everything to read a new addition to the epic. However, Ms. Williams became a victim of Night Shade Books' corporate "reorganization" (i.e. escaping collapse by the skin of its teeth), leaving this book in limbo. I did eventually hunt down a copy of this edition, but it sat on Mount TBR for a long while, a victim of my dwindling interest regarding urban fantasy.

Having said all that, if you ever liked this series you do owe it to yourself to read it, even though it feels over-stuffed with characters and event, to the point that it could be expanded into two novels; this really feels more like a Zhu Irzh story than an Inspector Chen novel. Still, If there was a sixth novel I probably would drop all that I was doing to read it, and at least this series is now readily available in electronic format. There is a poignant element in that the Uyghur lands are a setting here, and one is reminded of the ongoing genocide being inflicted on those people by Beijing.… (more)
 
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Shrike58 | 1 other review | Jun 3, 2024 |
This was a very interesting read. Alivet Dee, the main character is living in a world where humans are oppressed by interdimensional aliens. She is given the opportunity to defeat them with the help of a person from a different world, Ari Ghairen. There is a lot of intrigue, and she isn't sure if she can trust him, but she is thrust into perilous circumstances that force her into close proximity with him. We soon learn that her distrust of Ghairen is unearned, and the result of living in a harsh world. She also discovers that the interdimensional aliens, masquerading as angels, have taken people from earth through portal to other worlds that are based on the four humors. The magic system is very interesting and seems to be based on Jewish mysticism and Catholicism without being overtly religious. This is story of good and evil is very well thought out and the worldbuilding and atmosphere are phenomenal.… (more)
 
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kittyfoyle | 14 other reviews | Apr 23, 2024 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Finally got to this one after obtaining and finishing the previous instalments. I'd previously bounced off book 2, because I never had book 1, and my earlier experience had strongly indicated the need to read the series in order. The sisters go on a family holiday in Cornwall, and the Otherworld follows them. Another book to savour rather than gallop through. Very nicely written. My overall impression of the series:
  • It's very slow paced. Each book is set over a week or two, with time advancing between books.
  • You do need to read the books in order.
  • It's somewhat confusing between the sisters: Bee and Luna are easy to distinguish, but I tended to confuse Stella and Serena. Both are more-or-less London based, and both names begin with 'S'.
  • There's still no real sense of a story arc. The otherworldly characters are a mix of nice and nasty, sometimes one or the other, sometimes both at once.
  • The series overall seems rather in media res, things happen to one or the other sister, but there seems no obvious reason why these things are happening. We do get a sense that it's connected to Elizabeth I, who gave the Behenian jewels to the Fallow family.
I like these very much, but I think many people will find them hard to get into as there is no obvious meta-plot, the story is slow and meandering, and the cast of characters is large, and the sisters seem to gain new allies with each book. Recommended.… (more)
 
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Maddz | 2 other reviews | Feb 4, 2024 |
Again a slow read. The action shifts between Somerset and London. The timeshifts, the Hunt, the Otherworlds all mix.

Recommended.
 
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