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- Print Length: 225 pages
- Publication Date: October 23, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B076QHYY52
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In The Shadow of Monsters: An Anthology Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The second story, Highborn (R.T. Donlon), is very good. Very reminiscent of the Dresdon Files, so readers of that might enjoy this story of a monster-hunter tracking down some urban vampires and taking them out with a pretty clever twist at the end. Solid four stars for this one.
Third story, Death's Seduction (Stefani Jolicoeur) is a well-paced murder mystery that drew me in very quickly. Very solid, lifelike dialog and a fascinating point-of-view. The ending was a little bit weak, but mainly just because it happened so fast. It almost felt like some kind of word limit was nearing and the author had to quickly cram in the last few things but didn't get to take the time to really fill them out. Also warning for some pretty harsh language, if that bothers you. Three stars here.
The last story, She-Bear (Ariele Sieling) was probably my favorite. I loved the setup of this ice-bound world, and the mythology of the bear(s) that end winter. The worldbuilding felt a little patchy -- not like the author/characters didn't understand it, but that it was never revealed to the reader, and some things were still somewhat confusing by the end. But the characters were distinctly lovable/admirable, and the last part had me tearing up a bit. Again, a bit abrupt on the ending, but I'd give this one a good four stars.
Overall, a fun, interesting short-story anthology. Recommended; a fun bouquet of urban fantasy.