Review: Shadowed Souls ed. by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes


I love urban fantasy anthologies and Jim Butcher is one of my favorite authors so I couldn’t pass up on reading SHADOWED SOULS. And oh, what a treat SHADOWED SOULS is for readers! Eleven phenomenal urban fantasy authors have joined forces to compile a fascinating taste of their worlds for us to explore.

Jim Butcher’s “Cold Case” is obviously my favorite story in SHADOWED SOULS, as I’ve been following the Dresden Files for many years and I love this glimpse into Molly’s role in Mab’s court.  Jim Butcher ensures that the story stands on its own merits but I suspect that anyone who gets even the tiniest taste of Jim Butcher’s world is going to want more!

Seanan McGuire is a more recent addition to my favorite urban fantasy authors and boy, what an interesting twist on the succubus theme. Elsie Harrington just wants to support her cousin’s derby game and get over a broken heart. Instead, she finds herself aiding in a rescue. I’m still working my way through Seanan McGuire’s backlist but “Sleepover” is further proof that I will read anything Seanan McGuire writes- and like it.

Tanya Huff’s Vicki Nelson series is another one I’m a fan of so I was pleased to see her story, “If Wishes Were”, included in SHADOWED SOULS. Mike has been injured and the trail leads Vicki in an interesting direction, one that will put Vicki’s skills to use if she is to resolve the problem. I love that this series has shown back up, even if only in a short story. Vicki is a great heroine and I suspect readers of “If Wishes Were” will want to read her Vickie Nelson series immediately to enjoy the character in a longer format.

Anton Strout, Kat Richardson, Kevin J. Anderson, Lucy A. Snyder, Jim C. Hines, Erik Scott de Bie, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Rob Thurman round out the rest of this anthology. Each one is fascinating and I intent to read more by these authors soon. However, I have to mention the Kristine Kathryn Rusch story, “Sales. Force”, in particular. From the clever concept to the powerful emotional impact, “Sales. Force” hooked me!

If you love urban fantasy and are a sucker for anthologies (like I am), then SHADOWED SOULS is a must-read for you. Urban fantasy continues to thrive as a genre and SHADOWED SOULS collects together eleven outstanding stories by a nice variety of authors. Highly recommended!

*copy received from Netgalley*

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