I love short story compilations for several reason, but their biggest draw for me is that they are an opportunity to step into new worlds and find new authors to love and feed my small (who am I kidding) huge addiction to reading.
Shadowed Souls, featuring short stories from several of my favorite authors is definitely on my too buy list. The book, which is slated for release November 1, 2016 features works by Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Rob Thurman, Kevin Anderson, Tanya Huff and six other powerhouses of the Fantasy genre. The synopsis indicates that the stories in this book are dark, gritty and complex. Storylines and characters with depth and real consequences for their characters are a treat to read and these authors know how to deliver. Be prepared for worlds where nothing is simple and the lines between black and white, good and evil are blurred and easily crossed.
- Jim Butcher – Cold Case: featuring Molly Carpenter, Harry Dresden’s former apprentice turned Winter Lady, learns that sometimes good girls have to be bad.
- Seanan McGuire – Sleepover: half-succubus Elsi Harrington is kidnapped by a group of teenaged boys. Surprisingly it’s not for anything “weird” but to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman.
- Kevin J. Anderson – Eye of the Newt: Zombie P.I. Dan Shamble takes on a panicky lizard missing an eye as a client, who thinks someone wants him dead. Instead the truth is someone wants him for a special dinner.
- Rob Thurman – Impossible Monsters: Caliban Leandros takes a down memory lane as he deals with some overdue, and nightmarish, vengeance.
- Shawdowed Souls: Roc