Unfettered II
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Unfettered II

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Life can kick us when we are down.

In Shawn Speakman’s case, he is fighting back.

Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Speakman beat the disease as well as the massive medical debt he amassed from its treatment. He did this by publishing Unfettered, an anthology featuring short stories donated by some of the best science fiction and fantasy writers working today.

The fight will not stop there. In an effort to pay forward the aid he received—and to memorialize his mother who passed away from stomach cancer in early 2016—Speakman has again collaborated with celebrated genre authors to publish Unfettered II. All proceeds from the anthology will either help eliminate medical debt for other authors or be donated to cancer research hubs around the world.

Twenty-one original new tales comprise this amazing collection and, as the title suggests, the writers were again free to contribute whatever they wished.

Here is the line-up for Unfettered II:

Foreword by Terry Brooks
Bradley Beaulieu (Song of Shattered Sands)
Jim Butcher (Dresden Files)
Rachel Caine
Sarah Beth Durst (The Queens of Renthia)
David Farland (Runelords)
Charlaine Harris
Mark Lawrence (Gunlaw)
Erin Lindsey (Bloodbound)
Seanan McGuire
Aidan Moher
Naomi Novik
Peter Orullian (Vault of Heaven)
J.A. Pitts
Anthony Ryan (Raven’s Shadow)
Brandon Sanderson (Stormlight Archive)
Scott Sigler
Shawn Speakman (Annwn Cycle)
Michael J. Sullivan (The Legends of the First Empire)
Django Wexler
Janny Wurts (Wars of Light and Shadow)
Todd Lockwood (Cover Artist)
Don Maitz (Interior Illustrator)


With the help of New York Times bestselling authors as well as talented newcomers, Speakman has taken the platform Unfettered created to not only confront medical debt but to support the battle against one of our gravest illnesses. Unfettered II is a fantastic sequel anthology but it is more than that; it is proof that we are stronger together than we are apart.

After all, isn’t that what genre fiction is all about?

Title:Unfettered II
Edition Language:English
ISBN:
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:584 pages

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  • Alissa
    Dec 11, 2016

    This anthology is a precious gift, for both the contributes, the editing, the cover, the interior art, the dedication and the cause.Castle Coeurlieu by Naomi Novik: I liked Novik's novel Uprooted, and...

  • Shawn Speakman
    Oct 22, 2016

    I am biased. But this anthology is about as wonderful and magical as any I've read. And I've read more than a few. I really enjoy having these Unfettered anthologies being themeless. It allows every c...

  • Kristen
    Dec 25, 2016

    As per usual, Shawn Speakman delivers a great anthology. I didn't outright not like any of the stories in this one (but I did find a couple a little boring- as is bound to happen). Here's a little mor...

  • Carlissa
    Dec 31, 2016

    Although I haven't read this whole book, I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of Michael J. Sullivan's contribution to this anthology, Little Wren and The Big Forest. I enjoyed this dark fairy tal...

  • Victoria
    Aug 15, 2016

    when available. Dresden Files story - Day One (Butters POV)...

About Shawn Speakman

Shawn Speakman

Shawn Speakman grew up in the beautiful wilds of Washington State near a volcano and surrounded by old-growth forests filled with magic. After moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, he befriended New York Times best-selling fantasy author Terry Brooks and became his webmaster, leading to an enchanted life surrounded by words.He was a manager at one of the largest Barnes & No