Review: Shadowed Souls edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes

November 11, 2016 Review 1

Review: Shadowed Souls edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. HughesShadowed Souls by Anton Strout, Erik Scott de Bie, Jim Butcher, Jim C. Hines, Kat Richardson, Kerrie L. Hughes, Kevin J. Anderson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Lucy A. Snyder, Rob Thurman, Seanan McGuire, Tanya Huff
Published by Roc on November 11, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 352 pages
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Sexual Content: kissing, references to sex
Reviewed by: Kristina
3 Stars

In this dark and gritty collection—featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman—nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil..

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s Cold Case, Molly Carpenter—Harry Dresden’s apprentice-turned-Winter Lady—must collect a tribute from a remote Fae colony and discovers that even if you’re a good girl, sometimes you have to be bad...

New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s Sleepover finds half-succubus Elsie Harrington kidnapped by a group of desperate teenage boys. Not for anything “weird.” They just need her to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman. No biggie.

In New York Times bestselling Kevin J. Anderson’s Eye of Newt, Zombie P.I. Dan Shamble’s latest client is a panicky lizard missing an eye who thinks someone wants him dead. But the truth is that someone only wants him for a very special dinner...

And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman’s infernally heroic Caliban Leandros takes a trip down memory lane as he deals wih some overdue—and nightmarish—vengeance involving some quite nasty Impossible Monsters .

ALSO INCLUDES STORIES BY

Tanya Huff * Kat Richardson * Jim C. Hines * Anton Strout * Lucy A. Snyder * Kristine Kathryn Rusch * Erik Scott de Bie *

The collection of stories in SHADOWED SOULS are dark, twisted, and filled with mayhem and magic. Each of the stories had qualities I liked, some more than others. I really enjoyed Kevin J. Anderson's EYE OF NEWT where a zombie detective is on the case of a wronged gecko. I adore a bit of the bizarre with dark urban fantasy and this story is very funny. One of my favorites was COLD CASE by Jim Butcher mainly because I am suffering from a Dresden Files withdrawal. After my initial confusion of mixing up Molly for Harry in the first few sentences, I loved being able to see Molly learn about being the Winter Lady. She struggles with her new urges and powers and tries to remain true to herself. I really enjoyed seeing her perspective on this world.

Another one I enjoyed was Sleepover by Seanan McGuire which is set in her Incryptid series world and is about a succubus whose skills are needed to resolve a kidnapping. It was neat to see a story involving a succubus that didn't actually involve sex. I enjoyed the flow of the story and the way it ended.

SHADOWED SOULS is an excellent compilation of darker urban fantasy stories that offer a number different aspects of the genre within their plots. It was really hard to pick which one I liked the best as they all had their separate charms and styles. This anthology is a great way to sample an author whose work you haven't tried yet and dip your toe in the dark twisted side of urban fantasy.

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