A bit too uneven an anthology to recommend wholeheartedly. I probably liked Brandon Sanderson's story the most; Abercrombie, Abbott, Lindholm, and (to an extent) Cadigan were also quite palatable. A few others (Martin, Grossman, Spector, Butcher) are likely to fall flat unless you're already familiar with the surrounding words / mythologies. Most of the rest, though, left me unimpressed; often less so with regard to the writing - which is serviceable throughout, with two or three exceptions - than with their authors' implied takes on the anthology's theme... which is polyvalent enough to lend itself to less, um, progressive interpretations of female (!) characters and gender relations as well. The best stories here manage to avert (or at least, problematize) the femme fatale, tomboy, etc. stereotypes, but most end up being rather conventional and not particularly exciting.