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K.V. Johansen is the author of the Sunburst-nominated Blackdog, and its sequels, The Leopard: Marakand Part One, The Lady: Marakand Part Two, Gods of Nabban, and The Last Road (forthcoming 2019) epic silk road fantasies from Pyr. However, in her long career she's written everything from children's novels (fantasy and science fiction), secondary world fantasy for teens, picture books, literary criticism, short stories, and literary fairy tales. She has Master's degrees in Medieval Studies and in English, and is a member of the EETS, the SFWA, and the Writers' Union of Canada. The stories being offered up here are mostly from her second book, a collection of literary fairy tales based on ballads from medieval Denmark. No assassins, no gods, no armies or brutal, suffering immortals, but they may contain a shapeshifter or two.