For every hero trying to save the world, there’s a villain trying to tear it all down.
In this can’t-miss anthology edited by Joseph Nassise (The Templar Chronicles), you get to plot world domination with the best of the evildoers we love to hate! This outstanding collection brings you stories told from the villains’ point of view, imparting a fresh and unique take on the evil masterminds, wicked witches, and infernal personalities that skulk in the pages of today’s most popular series.
The full anthology features stories by Jim Butcher (the Dresden Files), Kelley Armstrong (the Cainsville and Otherworld series), Seanan McGuire (October Daye), Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles), Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger), Lilith Saintcrow (Jill Kismet), Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville), Joseph Nassise (Templar Chronicles), C.E. Murphy (Walker Papers), Steven Savile (Glasstown), Caitlin Kittredge (the Hellhound Chronicles and the Black London series), Jeffrey Somers (The Ustari Cycle), Sam Witt (Pitchfork County), Craig Schaefer (Daniel Faust), Jon F. Merz (Lawson Vampire), Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock), and Diana Pharaoh Francis (Horngate Witches).
Hmm how do I start? Well, if I review each and every story this review would be far too long and tedious to read so I will sum up my thoughts. Quite often in urban fantasy we see the bad guys but are not always sure just why they act as they do. It's easy say with a demon to understand they are by nature evil incarnate but when faced with more human villains I always have questions. So, it was interesting to occasionally see a different side with the baddies having standards of their own!
We have characters trying to use magic for good and realising that some things really shouldn't be taken for granted. So many variations in play here from the more humourous and frankly quirky to tales with a bitter twist. Prideful men who underestimate others and even angels realising even they are perhaps not infallible. Yes, there's a simple truth throughout these stories and that is you should always be careful what you wish for!
I'd read books by several of these authors and had heard of some others and this was a delightful way to sample their styles. In fact, one or two actually surprised me as I hadn't kept checking the authors' names as I sailed through so got completely blindsided. Okay, not everyone will enjoy all these stories and yes, of course, I had favourites but as an introduction to new authors' work this was an entertaining collection. All in all, I thought this anthology had lots of variety and definitely held my attention.
This voluntary review is of a copy I requested from NetGalley and my thoughts and feelings are I believe honest and fair.