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Hexed Mass Market Paperback – June 7, 2011
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"All four [novellas] feature strong female characters and unusual world-building with broad appeal." ---Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Together, they are the coauthors of the #1 New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels urban-fantasy series, including Magic Rises, Magic Slays, and Magic Bleeds and the romantic urban-fantasy novels of the Edge, including Steel's Edge, Fate's Edge, and Bayou Moon. They currently reside in Texas with their two children and numerous pets.
Award-winning author Allyson James writes romances as both Allyson James and Jennifer Ashley. She has lived in the Southwest for twenty years and enjoys exploring its mountains, deserts, and ancient ruins. More information on this series and Allyson’s other books can be found on her website.
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This book contains four novellas in established series. There is one by Ilona Andrews set in the Kate Daniels series sometime after the fourth book. The second story is by Yasmine Galenorn and is set in her Otherworld series. The third story is by Allyson James and is an early Stormwalker story, and then the last (and shortest) is by Jeanne C. Stein from her Anna Strong series.
Of these authors, I've only ever read any Andrews, and of "her" (it's a husband-wife team) I've read all of the Kate Daniels books. This story takes a side track and follows two were-people on a separate adventure from Kate. Dali the tiger and Jim the panther try to destroy a curse. Like many short stories, the ending assumes too much reader knowledge that we don't have - whether due to editing or just storycrafting - but the action is good and the banter is fun.
The other three stories are fun, interesting, and do not presuppose reader knowledge of either the characters or the universe. I was interested enough in all of them to add all three series to my reading list for sometime. I'd like to try full-length novels of all of the authors, and see if I like the characters with more development and depth.
I recommend this book to Urban Fantasy readers who like any of the four authors/series mentioned and are looking to take similar writers out for a test drive.
Why I picked it: I like the Kate Daniels series, and I wanted something lighter and less demanding than a full-length book.
Galenorn was the only series in this book I read on a normal basis, and it was a nice filler. I enjoyed getting to see the loyal house sprite's backstory, but at the same time I admit to be of the mind that her sister's series is becoming a bit repetative. I'd love to see things mixed up a little for it seems like the same recipe is used for each draft. Still, I do love a good fae series so I'll stick with it at least through the next book.
As for the other three, my favorite of them was Andrew's tale. None of them stood out enough to get me to pick up the series. And while I loved the wolf den and the interaction of Howl and his court, were I not already reading Galenorn's series I'm not sure this would have encouraged me to do so.
Three stars. Not really rememberable, but far better than many books in the genre that are out there. Unless you follow and collect one of the series, I'd see if the local library has a copy before commiting to a purchase.