Anthology edited by P. N. Elrod
Publication: St. Martin's Griffin (July 20, 2010)
Contents and Comments:
A Questionable Client by Ilona Andrews - In which Kate meets Saiman and we see Kate's ethics and Saiman's lack of them.
Even Hand by Jim Butcher - John Marcone comes to the reluctant rescue of Justine and child fleeing from a Fomor. He tests his magical defenses.
The Beacon by Shannon K Butcher - Ryder has been traveling around killing Beacons to prevent Terraphages from coming to Earth and killing everyone in sight because Terraphages are impossible to kill. But this time the Beacon is a little girl and Ryder needs a Plan B.
Even a Rabbit Will Bite by Rachel Caine - The last dragonslayer and the last dragon meet and battle.
Dark Lady by P. N. Elrod - This Jack Fleming story concerns a damsel in distress, missing money and a bomb.
Beknighted by Deidre Knight - The artist is a knight who needs to create a puzzle box to free another knight - or does she?
Shifting Star by Vicki Pettersson - Baffling story; Skamar a Tulpa made physical is hunting other Tulpa and is assisted by a human cop who is hunting for missing girls.
Rookwood & Mrs. King by Lilith Saintcrow - A woman comes to a detective to ask him to kill her husband. He is a vampire and is turning her. The detective has also been bitten and is out for revenge.
God's Creatures by Carrie Vaughn - Cormac is on the case of a werewolf that is losing control and attacking cattle.
This was a good collection of short stories that can help introduce a reader to an author's world or style. I chose it because I am a fan of Carrie Vaughn, Rachel Caine, Jim Butcher, and Ilona Andrews. After reading these stories, I will also be looking for the work of Shannon K. Butcher.
Challenges: Paranormal Reading Challenge, RYOB Reading Challenge