Who really travels the road to the light all of the time?
That’s what the short story collection Shadowed Souls, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerry L. Hughes aims to explore. Sometimes the good guy isn’t always the pure hero; sometimes the good guy has a troubled past, does questionable things, or just falls into the “bad guy” category for some other reason.
There are 11 stories in this collection, but three stood out to me to highlight in this review.
First, Jim Butcher’s “Cold Case” — This is a “Molly” story, a character from his Dresden Files series, which I have not read. I include this one because even though I am not familiar with the character in the setting of the other stories, I was able to read and enjoy this story on its own. Also, it made me want to read more in Butcher’s world, so I’ve added the Dresden Files to my endless TBR pile.
Next, Jim C. Hines’ “Hunter, Healer” — I include this one because it had me hooked from the first page. A wise-cracking, foul-mouthed hearth fairy just sets the tone for the entire story: dark with a sense of gritty humor.
Finally, Kat Richardson’s “Peacock in Hell” — Holy dark story, Batman. I love dark stories, the more disturbing the better, and this one puts the reader right there in the story and hits right in the senses. Great description, great story.
Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy (ARC) from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book
In this dark and gritty collection—featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman—nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil..
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line.
About the Stories
In #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s Cold Case, Molly Carpenter—Harry Dresden’s apprentice-turned-Winter Lady—must collect a tribute from a remote Fae colony and discovers that even if you’re a good girl, sometimes you have to be bad…
New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s Sleepover finds half-succubus Elsie Harrington kidnapped by a group of desperate teenage boys. Not for anything “weird.” They just need her to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman. No biggie.
In New York Times bestselling Kevin J. Anderson’s Eye of Newt, Zombie P.I. Dan Shamble’s latest client is a panicky lizard missing an eye who thinks someone wants him dead. But the truth is that someone only wants him for a very special dinner…
And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman’s infernally heroic Caliban Leandros takes a trip down memory lane as he deals wih some overdue—and nightmarish—vengeance involving some quite nastyImpossible Monsters.
ALSO INCLUDES STORIES BY
Tanya Huff * Kat Richardson * Jim C. Hines * Anton Strout * Lucy A. Snyder * Kristine Kathryn Rusch * Erik Scott de Bie *
Edited by: Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes
Roc Trade Paperback Original
$17.00 / 352 pages
November 1, 2016
About the Editors
A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #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.
Kerrie L. Hughes has edited thirteen anthologies in addition to Shadowed Souls, including Maiden Matron Crone, Children of Magic, Fellowship Fantastic, and Dimension Next Door.