Release Date:(August 25, 2009)
-This book is one you don`t want to miss!
I actually read this book in September 2009, but I didn't review it. I thought I should. Better late than never!
A dark fantasy anthology in which Kim Harrison reveals a hidden adventure, as Jenks and Bis investigate a strange haunting…and find far more than they ever expected. Melissa Marr delivers her first adult story, featuring a young woman struggling to escape the supernatural fate of her family. Jeaniene Frost goes to New Orleans, where Bones must face down a ruthless pair of serial killers, while Vicki Pettersson returns to Sin City and the war between Light and Shadow, and one man’s fight for his soul. Jocelynn Drake’s tale is set in Savannah, where a strange murder calls the balance between human and nightwalker into question.
Jeaniene’s short story is “Reckoning”, a prequel to the Night Huntress series set in Bones’s point of view.
Five fantastic paranormal authors. Five Fantastic short stories.
Kim Harrison is one of my favorite authors since a while, so finding out I got a short story to hold me over until Black Magic Sanction, I was stoked. Not to mention that it was in Jenks's POV, which made my giddy. Jenks is one of the best side character's I've ever read, he makes each scene worth your wild. "Ley Line Drifter" by Kim Harrison was a 5 out of 5 for me. Short and full of spunk. Bis, the new gargoyl friend in the series, has a great part in this short story as well. I love that we got to see a new perspective of the pixies, of whom I didn't see as protagonists before this story. They proved their worth in this amazing tale!
"Reckoning" by Jeaniene Frost was also a favorite of mine. I'm a HUGE Jeaniene Frost fan, and love Bones's character with a mad passion! I love Jeaniene Frost's Vampire Huntress series, so anything to hold me over until the next book would have done, but I found I really enjoyed this one. Being a bounty hunter, Bones is on the prowl for Delphine and Louis LaLauries who have been dismembering and eating people in New Orleans. It's a dark amazing tale, Even though Cat wasn't there and with Bones. :(
"Dark Matters" by Vicki Pettersson< is the third story in this anthology. It involves the agents of Light from Pettersson's Signs of the Zodiac series, but before Joanna came into the picture. I haven't read anything by Vicki Pettersson before this short story, but after reading it, I can promise I will!
"The Dead, the Damned, and the Forgotten" by Jocelynn Drake is the story of Mira, the Keeper of the Domain of Savannah. Jocelynn is one hell of a writer! I love her take on vampires and Mira is an amazing protagonist. She's tough, fierce and wise. In this short story Mira is up to her neck with trouble in Savannah, and it's Mira's job to fix it, before The Coven call her in to explain. In this story she is also paired up with enforcer and friend Knox(who you don't see too much in her series, so it was a good change).Hopefully, together they will stop the madness.
"Two Lines" by Melissa Marr was also a great read. I admit, the others were my favorites, but I'm a fan of Melissa Marr's work, and Wicked Lovely is one amazing book. So I still really enjoyed this read. "Two Lines" is about Eavan, a Glaistig.( A Succubus? I wasn't quite sure..) And her struggles with living with her Glaistigs family. it proved to be different from her YA writing, and I think I'll re-read this one, because I may like it more the second time. I think.
I really enjoyed this anthology. It was worth it to buy, especially if your a fan of any or all of these authors. Either way, it gives you a good idea of the writing styles of different authors, while buying one book. Call it a test drive, if you will. That being said, I love anthologies. You get a treat while you wait for you favorite authors next book to be released. It's so much fun!
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