Stroke of the Sword

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Title: Stroke of the Sword
Publisher: KnightWriter Press
Editor(s): Linda Knights
Medium: print
Fandom: Highlander
Language: English
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Stroke of the Sword is a gen Highlander anthology.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1

Stroke of the Sword 1 is 250 pages and was published in 1994. Edited by Linda Knights. Fiction by Maddog, Smith-Schneider, Morley, Collins, Parrish, Scherrer. Art by McClure, Benoit, Miles, Parish. It was published in 1994.

Summary from the publisher:

An old friend of Duncan's turns up again- with a baby in her arms and a problem hot on her trail. There's another MacLeod on the block- and she reminds Duncan painfully of a cousin he knew before his first death. How did Duncan and Richie wind up living together; more.

  • A Change of Directions by Shelagh Collins - After Richie's first "introduction" to Duncan, he would have never dreamt that he might end up living with the frightening man one day. How, exactly, did that come to be? (1)
  • A Mouse's Immortality by Mary Morley - There's another MacLeod on the block ... and she reminds Duncan painfully of a "cousin" he knew before his first death. (7)
  • Who Died and Left You? (35)
  • In Harm's Way (66)
  • Daughter of Fortune (67)
  • Fledgling (79)
  • Rites of Passage by Jimmi Smith-Schneider - When Richie is sent to check out a new art exhibit for Tessa, he'd have never dreamt that he'd walk into it and find a gorgeous four-foot tall painting of a nearly nude Duncan MacLeod ... from just about four hundred years before. (80)
  • Vigil (128)
  • Babble by Mary Morley - An "old" friend of Duncan's turns up again ... with a baby in arms and a problem hot on her trail. (131)
  • Sweet Stolen Moments (195)
  • Shadows of the Past by Lorraine A. Scherrer - What happens to the Quickening of an Immortal who dies without another Immortal around to accept it? And why is it that Richie, the newest Immortal, is so painful a reminder to Duncan of lost friends? (206)

Issue 2

cover of issue #2

Stroke of the Sword 2 is 220 pages, was published in 1995, and contains 11 stories. Edited by Linda Knights.

From Bill Hupe's catalog: "Duncan loses his Indian wife, a Shadow Chasers crossover and more."

  • A Time to Heal by BEKi--After the murder of Little Deer's tribe, Duncan finds solace in helping a young pre-Immortal, but another Immortal has a less friendly interest in the boy. (1)
  • Return From Darkness by Diana Rusnak--After Duncan raised the blade from Gregor's throat in "Studies in Light" we were shown very little of what happened to the principles ... this story follows those characters in their growth and changes." (28)
  • Destination: Unknown by Shelagh Collins--Richie's thoughts as he leaves town after "Under Color of Authority". (36)
  • The Vigilante by Mary Morley (39)
  • The Devil You Know by Diana Rusnak--Joe pitches in to help when an Immortal targets Richie. (70)
  • Dreamscapes by Catherine Schlein (79)
  • Payback is Hell by Mary Morley (86)
  • Highland Shadows by Lorraine Scherrer--Crossover novella. When Benedek and Jonathan find themselves in Scotland for an impromptu holiday everyone should be pleased. But how can Jonathan explain the fact that he has "met" MacLeod before ... on the shores of a lake in Michigan ... of course there was a complication — MacLeod was dead at the time. Crossover with Shadow Chasers. (93)
  • Greener Pastures by Linda Knights--Joe and Duncan contemplate each other's lives. (165)
  • Forever Friend by Diana Rusnak (172)
  • BabyKiller by BEKi--Sequel to "A Time to Heal". (179)