Published by Gallery Books on August 1, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Supernatural, Suspense, Urban, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kristina
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).
URBAN ENEMIES is a pretty fun romp into the twisted minds of the bad guys from various urban fantasy series. There were of course some characters who I had no clue about as I didn't read the series they are from. Luckily each story starts off with a general summary of the series the character(s) appear in so there was some idea of what was going on. Most of the stories were of antagonists and anti-heroes and were entertaining stories in their own right. I didn't like all of them but that's not really a big deal when you are dealing with so many stories of vengeance, evil, gore, and sadism!
One of my favorites was Jim Butcher's EVEN HAND, which gets us into the mind of Gentleman Johnny Marcone. It was fun to see someone so utterly human dealing with the magical hi jinks of the Dresden Files. Marcone has a calculating mind and is ruthless even when confronting a being that can destroy him so easily. I'd love to learn more about what makes him tick. While I haven't read Kelley Armstrong's Cainesvile series, I loved getting a taste of the series through the Huntsman, on his search for a hellhound. They way he gets one is super creepy. Kevin Hearne's story sees Loki making a deal with the devil who is so old that he only does things that amuse him. It's sort of a funny story in a dark way and seeing Loki have to jump through some hoops was pretty amusing. In BALANCE by Seanan McGuire, we get to take a journey through the life and mind of a cuckoo incryptid. These monsters are seriously creepy and their philosophy of life and view of humans is down right scary. I loved learning more about how they function as a species and also love that they are fictional characters.
URBAN ENEMIES has so many wonderful stories filled with very evil people. Each story gives you a taste of the mindset of some of the bad guys in your favorite series and some peeks at series you may have not tried or even heard of.Series Titles:
For more urban fantasy stories in an anthology try Carniepunk by Rachel Caine, Jennifer Estep, Kevin Hearne