The Knight and Knave of Swords

Fritz Leiber


That swashbuckling, debonair duo, Fafhrd and Gray Mouser, are back at it again in The Knight and Knave of Swords, indulging in their vices while evading their mortal enemies and scoffing at the Gods. All in a day’s work for these strapping lads who are only too cavalier to check their six when a token wench walks past. Age may be catching up with them, making the tides of war give way to calmer waters. But that doesn’t mean they still don’t have a trick up their leather bootstraps.
      After their adventures in Swords and Ice Magic, Fafhrd the barbarian and Gray Mouser the thief remain on Rime Isle with their loves, seeking lives of respectability and peace. Fafhrd works to regain his archery skills after losing his left hand to Odin in battle. Meanwhile, the Gray Mouser embarks on a trading expedition aboard the ship Seahawk. But their respite will soon come to an end — for on the world of Nehwon, a brother and sister plot to regain the treasures stolen from them by the pirates of Rime Isle. Soon Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, alone and together, are plagued by dreams and curses that will force them to confront the vengeful siblings, destructive temptations, sea demons, and ancient obsessions.
      Master manipulator Fritz Leiber is a worldwide legend within the fantasy genre, actually having coined the term sword and sorcery that would describe the subgenre he would more than help create.

The seventh book in the series, The Knight and Knave of Swords, includes “Sea Magic,” “The Mer She,” “The Curse of the Smalls and the Stars,” “The Mouser Goes Below,” and four short bonus items.
      This book features an introduction by Marc Laidlaw and artwork by Tim Kirk. It is signed by both of them and also has a family-approved facsimile signature by Fritz Leiber. It features seven interior illustrations, a full-color frontispiece, two maps, a full color wraparound dustjacket, and illustrated endpapers.

edition information

  • Signed edition is limited to 300 copies, each signed by Marc Laidlaw and Tim Kirk.
  • Bound in full black cloth, blind stamping on front board.
  • Artwork by Tim Kirk.
  • Introduction by Marc Laidlaw.
  • Gorgeous dustjacket on Mohawk Superfine.
  • Head and tail bands, ribbon marker.
  • Published December 2023.
  • ISBN 978-1-61347-181-4.
  • Book size 6 × 9 inches.
  • Number of pages: 384.


The Knight and Knave of Swords $80.