Print Length 384 pages
Publisher Tachyon Publications
Published September 15, 2015
Two brand new tales anchor this wide-ranging collection from one of urban fantasy's most successful authors. Here is the first time that best-selling fantasy, YA, and crime author Kelley Armstrong has had her stories collected from Otherworld and beyond. With her signature twists and turns, Armstrong gives a fresh spin on city-dwelling vampires, werewolves, and zombies, while also traveling further afield, to a post-apocalyptic fortress, a superstitious village, a supernatural brothel, and even to feudal Japan.
With tales that range from humorous to heart-stopping, these are the stories that showcase Kelley Armstrong at her versatile best.
Normally, when I read a collection of shorts I do a review of each of the shorts. I am not going to do that here. This book is a collection of 23 novellas by Kelley Armstrong. Some belong to the Otherworld universe, some to Cainsville, others to the Darkest Powers as well as the Age of Legends series. All but two the fans/readers have seen or should have seen. It is because of this that I will be reviewing a few of them instead of all 23 of them.
Kat (Darkest Powers)
Kat and Marguerite are on the run- from vampire hunters. Or at least that is what Kat believes until she finds out it is the Edison Group. For the first five years of her life Kat’s parents took her once a month to the Edison Group, where they conducted test. Marguerite her school librarian, offered her a way out and Kat agreed. This story is a tale of what happens when you are on the run.
The Door (standalone)
This is about a family and the sacrifices that are made when you love your family. There was a door, a door you are not supposed to go through. This door, what lies behind it? Why mustn’t we touch it? I was intrigued. I had no clue what was going on-until the end. Then it all made sense.
Gabriel’s Gargoyles (Cainsville series, Gabriel)
This is a sweet story about a neglected boy who wants so badly to give his great aunt a nice Christmas gift.
Devil May Care (Cainsville series, Patrick)
Patrick is a permanent resident of Cainsville- as a fae he struck a deal. If he helped them he got permanent residency. So they are now stuck with him. Just because he is a permanent resident of Cainsville does not mean that he lives there all the time. Patrick gets a vision of an ole fae legend- he has no clue what it has to do with him, but he needs to find out, fast. Patrick’s response to what he finds is amusing.
The collection of short stories was a perfect way to go back into the world of several series. The stand alones allowed the reader to be emerged in a world that only a talented writer could create. Overall, a good compilation of stories.