"this book does have some of the Crème de la Crème inside"
Five bestselling authors get together and share five unique
stories. Kim Harrison, Jocelynn Drake, Jeaniene Frost,
Vicki Pettersson and Melissa Marr are just some of the
biggest names in the Urban Paranormal Genre and there is no
doubt that the short tales in this collection will be good.
Dark, deadly and totally supernatural, each story is
exactly what readers have come to expect from such amazing
authors. Kim Harrison starts things off with a story set in
her Rachel Morgan world about Jenks. This series is the one
that got me into the genre and it was great to have Jenks
telling a story for a change. This small tribute has left
me ready for a new Rachel adventure. The sooner the better!
Next up was Jeaniene Frost's contribution and this story is
certainly for all the fans out there. Bones takes the lead
in this story set back before he was with Cat. It also
clears up a little bit about why he wasn't allowed into New
Orleans which was a subject in the last Night Huntress
book. Bones is a fun character to follow and it was
interesting to see things from his perspective for a
change. I really hope this amazing author writes from this
side again sometime.
Vicki Pettersson is the next writer in this anthology and
she adds something from her Zodiac series. The narrator is
JJ but the story is just as good as any other set in this
world. Granted this series is not on my must buy list but
it is on my must read list, which makes this story a
welcome addition to the series so far.
The Fire Starter, Mira, is the lead of the next story.
Where the previous three authors visited the worlds that
have made them famous but from another perspective,
Jocelynn Drake keeps to her main lead and tells a short
story about the vampires she is famous for. A shame that
this was so short. Another well written story from a great
Last up was Melissa Marr. I haven't had much experience
with this author but what I have read I liked a lot.
However this short story didn't grab me as much as I hoped.
Maybe it was because she wrote something completely
different than her usual fae theme? Whatever the reason, it
was still a good story but just not to my liking. It hasn't
put me off visiting the author again in the future.
All in all this was a very good anthology. You won't hear
me say that very often but this book does have some of the
Crème de la Crème inside. Someone really knew which authors
to put together for a well balanced book. Bravo for getting
a good anthology together for the genre. Well worth reading!
Reviewed by Amber Chalmers
Posted December 25, 2009