Jirel of Joiry is a haunting, powerful fantasy that takes place back in Dark Age France sometime after the fall of Rome. Jirel, with her red hair and two-handed longsword, is the literary ancestor of such present day swordwomen as Red Sonja. The stories are vibrant and bold, depicting their settings very realisticly. In alot of ways, the stories are every bit as good as Howard's Conan stories. My only reservation is that the stories have a very 30's pulp feel to them (probably because that was when they were written). All in all an excellent read.
These stories remind me of Conan, but with a little more magic thrown in. I normally read much longer books, but it is a nice change when i find a short story collection like this one, and they are all related an in order, so whilst there are 6 (or perhaps 5?) short stories they do form one continuous story. Moore concentrates his efforts on Jirel, and you feel as though you get to know her character more and more as you read on. These stories dont get bogged down being over-descriptive as some tend to do, and things never slow down with fast paced magical adventures all the way through the book. This may be too short and uninvolved for some readers, but if like me, you sometimes want a break from the 1000 page multi part epics that many of the fantasy genre are, then this is spot on.