Monday, August 14, 2017

[Review]: Urban Enemies- Anthology Edited by Joseph Nassise

Title: Urban Enemies
Author: Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, Jeff Somers, Craig Schaefer, Lilith Saintcrow, Kevin Hearne, Caitlin Kittredge, Joseph Nassise, Carrie Vaughn, Jonathan Maberry, Faith Hunter, Jon E. Merz, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Steven Savile, Seanan McGuire and Sam Witt
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Anthology
Release Date: August 1, 2017

I received the book from Simon & Schuster, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:  Villains have all the fun—everyone knows that—and this anthology takes you on a wild ride through the dark side! The top villains from sixteen urban fantasy series get their own stories—including the baddies of New York Times bestselling authors Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire, and Jonathan Maberry.

For every hero trying to save the world, there’s a villain trying to tear it all down.

In this can’t-miss anthology edited by Joseph Nassise (The Templar Chronicles), you get to plot world domination with the best of the evildoers we love to hate! This outstanding collection brings you stories told from the villains’ point of view, imparting a fresh and unique take on the evil masterminds, wicked witches, and infernal personalities that skulk in the pages of today’s most popular series.

The full anthology features stories by Jim Butcher (the Dresden Files), Kelley Armstrong (the Cainsville and Otherworld series), Seanan McGuire (October Daye), Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles), Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger), Lilith Saintcrow (Jill Kismet), Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville), Joseph Nassise (Templar Chronicles), C.E. Murphy (Walker Papers), Steven Savile (Glasstown), Caitlin Kittredge (the Hellhound Chronicles and the Black London series), Jeffrey Somers (The Ustari Cycle), Sam Witt (Pitchfork County), Craig Schaefer (Daniel Faust), Jon F. Merz (Lawson Vampire), Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock), and Diana Pharaoh Francis (Horngate Witches).

Thoughts: I loved it. Reading the stories actually made me miss the main characters of the series. This is a pretty perfect anthology, many amazing storytellers.

The Naughtiest Cherub- Kevin Hearne
This is part of Iron Druid Chronicles and takes place after Book 8, Staked. Loki visits Lucifer to ask for help. I love this series and really enjoyed this one.  For some reason I found the this idea funny.  The God of Mischief and the Lord of Hell meeting, Loki must be pretty desperate.

Even Hand- Jim Butcher
This story features John Marcone from The Dresden Files. Since Marcone wants to kill Harry, he's not one of my favorite characters. That being said this was still an enjoyable story. It felt a bit different compared to the other Dresden short stories.

Bellum Romanum- Carrie Vaughn
It's been a while since I read the Kitty Norville series, Though I do recall Roman/Gaius Albinus. He is very old and quite the evil charmer. I loved this one as well. Intriguing read, but then again most the Kitty's world is.

Score: 4 Stars

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