“Balanced and entertaining . . . Fans of urban fantasy can read stories from some of their best-known names in the genre and discover new writers in this well-arranged anthology, which focuses on villains. In Jim Butcher’s “Even Hand,” the human crime lord who has been a thorn in wizard Harry Dresden’s side gets his due in an amusing story that pokes some fun at the long-running Dresden Files series. Other highlights include “Hounded” by Kelly Armstrong; Carrie Vaughn’s “Bellum Romanum,” featuring an immortal Roman centurion who wants to see the world burn; and the deliciously wicked “Balance” by Seanan McGuire, set in her InCryptid world.” (Publishers Weekly)
"Helmed by editor Joseph Nassise, these tales plunge readers into the world of each series featured—from Jeff Somers' Utsari Cycle to Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles to Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville series—these stories are sure to appeal to fans and series newcomers alike!" (RT book reviews)
“Butcher is the dean of contemporary urban fantasy.” (Booklist on Jim Butcher)
“Storytelling doesn’t get much better than this, folks. The author has caught lightning (pun intended) in a bottle and he keeps doing it again and again. If you haven’t caught on to the joy that is the Iron Druid Chronicles, you should remedy that post-haste.” (My Bookish Ways on Kevin Hearne’s Hunted of the Iron Druid Chronicles)
“A wondrously gothic hybrid horror-thriller in the grand tradition of Dean Koontz and Stephen King.” (Providence Journal on Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series)
“Heartbreaking . . . Somers conjures a riveting setting that bends and breaks time and again, each iteration raising the stakes for his accidental hero. By turns frightening and sorrowful, this is a story that offers no good choices to its characters. The ever-present violence is balanced by compassion, which in turn is eroded by the grim fight to save humankind.” (Publishers Weekly on Jeff Somers’ Ustari Cycle)
“The only thing more fun than an October Daye book is an InCryptid book. Swift narrative, charm, great world-building . . all the McGuire trademarks.” (Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Sookie Stackhouse series on Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid series )
“Top grade horror fiction.” (Booklist, Starred Review on Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger series)
About the Author
#1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri.
Kevin Hearne is the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles. He’s a middle aged nerd who still enjoys his comic books and old school heavy metal. Visit him online at KevinHearne.com.