Authors: Kim Harrison, Jeaniene Frost, Melissa Marr, Vicki Pettersson, and Jocelynn Drake
Paperback: 358 pages
Source: Chicago Public Library
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
Story 1: Ley Line Drifter by Kim Harrison – Pixy Jenks faces murderous dryad locked inside statue
Story 2: Reckoning by Jeaniene Frost – Bones, faces New Orleans ghouls who eat victims alive – horror
Story 3: Dark Matters by Vicki Pettersson – JJ superhero has illicit affair with Shadow agent Solange
Story 4: The Dead, the Damned, and the Forgotten by Jocelynn Drake – Savannah vampire Keeper Mira investigates murder
Story 5: Two Lines by Melissa Marr – Eavan resists sex and murder that morph her into a glaistig until Daniel Brennan, sex slaver, tempts her into both.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5
I love anthologies for being able to be briefly introduced to other authors and possible other series without having to spend the time to read an entire book before I decide if I want to buy into the series or not. For the most part, this is an incredible anthology — I only picked it up for the Jeaniene Frost story about Bones, but I found myself enjoying almost every story within this volume. While I’ve heard of all the authors included, the only one I’ve read before was Frost, so this was a great opportunity for me to see if I want to start these different series. For that reason, “Reckoning” was my favorite series since I already appreciated the context and had an emotional buy-in for the main character; however, I also greatly enjoyed the Melissa Marr story and the Vicki Pettersson story.
None of these are overly sexy, which I actually enjoyed. I didn’t want to read about smut in these stories, I wanted actual substance, and that’s what I got from them. They definitely fall more on the paranormal thriller side, even if there is a bit of romance in some of them. I can’t speak for the other stories, but I definitely recommend reading this just for “Reckoning” if you’re a Night Huntress fan. It’s a gruesome, horrifying story, but it’s kind of fun to see Bones pre-Cat. As for the others, I can’t wait to get started on some other paranormal series that weren’t yet on my to-read list.