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Dark and Stormy Knights (Kitty Norville 0.6 - God's Creatures)

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"It was a dark and stormy knight, and nine dark defenders are about to embark upon a perilous quest..."


They’re the ultimate defenders of humanity—modern day knights who do dark deeds for all the right reasons. In this all-star collection, nine of today’s hottest paranormal authors bring us thrilling, all-new stories of supernatural knights that are brimming with magic myst
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Paperback, 357 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published July 1st 2010)
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Werner
Mar 28, 2014 Werner rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of dark urban fantasy or supernatural fiction who can tolerate bad language
Feb. 28, 2014
This is a collection of nine original stories in the urban fantasy genre, so reading it continues the broadening of my acquaintance with that field that I began last year. It's been on my radar for some time; I snagged a copy with a gift card I got for my most recent birthday, and used an interval this past week between novels I'm reading for common reads in two of my groups to get a start on it.

Besides her presumed role in selection, Elrod's contribution as editor only consists of
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Bark's Book Nonsense

3 out of 5

I read this book on audio during my too long ride to work. Each story seems to have a different narrator and I enjoyed the change of voice for each story (even if every story wasn't so great).

The first story A Questionable Client by Ilona Andrews is a prequel to the Kate Daniels series featuring Kate's first run-in with sexy, shady shifter Saiman. I loved it. It's filled with sarcasam, gore and Saiman doing his creepy shifting thing and attempting to find the perfect form that'll make
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Bry
Do you ever read anthologies and by the time you are done only remember 1 story?



Like all anthologies 1 was awesome, a couple were ok, 1 I skipped, and the rest I thought was some of the stupidest stories I had ever read. Meh. But I feel this way with every anthology. I read them to read my fave authors additions, but short stories just aren't my thing. Just too few pages to understand an entire universe especially if I haven't read anything from that author before.



I did particularly like 1 stor
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Lightreads
Anthologies, you know. It’s like asking people to throw random things at your head and hoping they pick cotton balls instead of rocks.

The good

Rachel Caine, “Even a Rabbit Will Bite” – A surprise standout. I’m not a Rachel Caine fan (hello, deliberate impregnation without consent plotline in her series, unclean unclean!) but this really worked. Very ancient dragonslayer teaches the trade to her apprentice. There’s just one dragon left in the world now, and only on the brink of extinction can you
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All Things Urban Fantasy
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A Questionable Client by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels prequel)

Review:
I would have bought the whole anthology for this story alone. We get an early glimpse at Kate’s life and find out how she met the shapeshifter Saiman. Sadly, no Curran, but we do get a fun bit of Russian mythology. If you haven’t tried this series yet, you get a great sense of the humor, characters, and world that Kate lives in all packed into 46 excellent pages….5/5 bats

Clic
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Lora
Note: This review is only for Ilona Andrews' short story, A Questionable Client.

Length: 45 pages

Call me strange if you'd like, but I found Saiman interesting in the short glimpses we get of his character in Magic Bites and Magic Burns. Since I've been devouring each installment in the Kate Daniels series with vigor lately, I figured I should read the series prequel before moving any further. And when I found out that this prequel is Saiman and Kate's back story, I knew I had to check it out.

In A
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Kathy Davie
Series: A Questionable Client (Kate Daniels, 0.5)
Even Hand (Dresden Files, after Marcone has signed the Unseelie Accords)
Dark Lady (Vampire Files: Jack Fleming, 2 years after his "death" and Lady Crymsyn is open)
Shifting Star (Zodiac, 4.75)
God's Creatures (Kitty Norville, ?)

An anthology of stories with a central theme of the dark, stormy protector. A person who will fight to save but not always in the most scrupulous manner.

The Stories
Ilona Andrews' A Questionable Client fills in the background
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Melindeeloo
Dark and Stormy Knights had some good short stories - The best of the bunch was the Iona Andrews short - Kate meets Saiman - if you are a Kate fan this may make the book worth buying. Also fun but not earthshattering were a Dresden universe short starring Johny Marcone and Vauhn's Cormac getting his own tale.

I was disappointed in Shannon Butcher's short - I was hoping for a Sentinels story. The two vampire detective shorts by PN Elrod and Lilith Saintcrow were so so, but if you are a fan of Elr
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♥ Sarah ♥
*Note: This rating/review is only for A Questionable Client by Ilona Andrews. If/when I read the others I will revise my rating/review accordingly.

A Questionable Client by Ilona Andrews: (3 stars)
(Kate Daniels, #0.5 Prequel)
This story is a prequel that takes place before all the other books in the Kate Daniels series. It shows us how Kate and Saiman first met when she's hired to be his bodyguard against a group of creatures that's after him.

It was good and it was good to see how they first met.
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Cathy
Overall, the best anthology I've read. I read every story except for one and enjoyed all to a greater or lesser degree. Kudos to Elrod for choosing authors who write short stories well (a tricky job) and good stories.

For those who are interested in more details:

I enjoyed the Ilona Andrews story very much. It was a prequel to their Kate Daniels series (the series is actually written by husband and wife team Gordon and Ilona). I finally know why Kate gets reduced rates from Saimon! I can't tell if
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Emily
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Nora
It's a good collection of stories, I'm not a big fan of anthologies because it's like putting your finger in cake frosting, why have just a taste when you can eat an entire piece. But, I liked the stories and got to read a few authors that weren't on my radar, and that I liked.



I just finished reading the first story, "A Questionable Client". Although I enjoyed it, (because I'm a fan of the Kate Daniels series) I think that if you read it on its own you don´t know what's going on, nor who everyon
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♆ BookAddict ♨ ✒ La Crimson Femme❇ ♐
See, now this is why I don't like anthologies like this. There are too many authors in here and it pulls down the rating. Overall I liked this anthology. I give it a 3.5 star overall.

I borrowed it SPECIFICALLY to read the Ilona Andrews - Questionable client story. I liked it! I give it a 3.5 star. It's not my favourite novella of theirs, but it was pretty darn good. "Would you like some milk?"

The Rachel Caine one I give a 4 star. It kind of bruised my heart. Her's why. I love dragons. To read th
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Kat
Concept: short stories based on the idea of the modern knight, who isn't exactly bright and shiny, but a little more tarnished and dented up. I largely read it for the Jim Butcher Dresden Files contribution, but I always read the whole book when I pick up short stories. Good for reading in between potty training sessions over Spring Break. :) I'm just going to give some highlights here.

"Even Hand" by Jim Butcher is set in the Dresdenverse, but doesn't actually feature our favorite snarky wizard.
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Callista
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Dan Guajars
Es una colección de cuentos interesante, en la que NO encontré nada nuevo, tal vez alguna manera especial de justificar el uso de la magia y las criaturas mágicas, pero nada realmente destacable.

Para los seguidores de Harry Dresden, hay un cuento que enlaza entre el último libro y el que viene, y no es un gran cuento, es un relato forzado para mostrarnos un arma que tendrá valor estratégico en la historia.

Si lo encuentran y son fanáticos de la fantasía urbana, pues les va gustar. No me gustó ta
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SA
Oct 27, 2010 SA rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
Read this primarily for the Butcher short story "Even Hand," a Marcone story. Butcher is clearly gleeful when he gets to speak from another character's point of view, and you realize just how tunnel-visioned Harry Dresden is about life in general when you read these other POVs. Marcone was brilliant (definitely my favorite character) and it was well worth picking this up to read since "Even Hand" isn't included in Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files.
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
Only read Ilona Andrews' "A Questionable Client."

I really enjoyed it and I would definitely recommend it to anyone that is going to read the series ~ and to read it first. It really gave some background information on how things came to be and a little more understanding of Kate. Saiman was really interesting and left me wondering if he's going to show up in the future books.
Carolyn F.
Audiobook. Anthology. I also have the paperback. Rating average 3.67 stars and then I averaged up to 4. Better than average anthology. I didn't know if I'd like the various narrators but ended up doing so. The problem I had was when a story would end I had no internet access sometimes and I'd have to try to remember what I thought of each story. I stopped listening when I had 2 stories to rate so I wouldn't screw this up.

1. A Questionable Client by Ilona Andrews. Very good story, prequel to the
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Anthony
As I've already reviewed each story individually on the Livejournal [info]365shortstories community, I won't retread those thoughts here in any detail. Of the nine stories in this collection, five are definitely part of existing fictional worlds: Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels books, Carrie Vaughn's "Kitty" books, Vicki Pettersson's "Sings of the Zodiac" series, and editor P.N. Elrod's Jack Fleming mysteries. I was already very familiar with the Dresden books and have a ...more
Sylvia Sybil
"A Questionable Client" by Ilona Andrews - Five stars. An interesting short from the world of Kate Daniels. Regular readers gain a new perspective on Saiman and new readers are introduced to one of my favorite female protagonists. Kate's innovation and the villain's casual cruelty make this piece shine.

"Even Hand" by Jim Butcher - Five stars. Narrated by a villain slash uneasy ally from The Dresden Files, John Marcone. His quiet ruthlessness is a nice contrast to the series' white knight. Hints
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Cecilia Quick
I enjoyed this anthology. It had one great novella by one of my favorite authors, and several entertaining stories by authors with whom I was unfamiliar but whose books I now want to read.
First, the best: "A Questionable Client", by Ilona Andrews. This was the main reason I wanted to read the book, and the authors did not disappoint. I've been intrigued by Saimon since I read the Kate Andrews series, and this is a fine introduction. He is at once amoral, vain, cowardly, smart, and amusing. I lau
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Angie (Mind Malfunction)
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Sharon
I am not really a short story fan ordinarily, but these stories got me carried away & gave me an idea of the other writers style that I had not read before and I'll admit I cheated & listened to them on audio, each short story had a different narrator & the production was really great.
My favoutrites definately are 'Questionable Client' & 'Even Hand', but most have their merits, the most haunting had to be 'Even a rabbit will Bite', which stayed with me long after.
Here's a snap s
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Michelle
I'm not sure if it's because I'm so used to reading all the wonderful snippets Ilona Andrews posts on her blog or if the husband-wife writer duo is just excellent at writing period (I'm thinking it's the latter), but I was exceptionally pleased their latest novella "A Questionable Client" found in the Dark and Stormy Knights anthology. After Magic Bleeds rocked my world earlier this year, I was in need of another Kate fix and this short and sweet little story did the job nicely.

"A Questionable C
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Joel Neff
A Questionable Client by Ilona Andrews

Interesting new take on the vampire hunter trope. Lots of fun. I hadn't heard (read) any stories featuring Kate Daniels but I'm very interested in checking a few out after hearing this one. 4/5


Even Hand by Jim Butcher

This is a look into one of my favorite baddies from the Dresden books, John Marcone. We find out just a little bit more about the Gentleman, and his particular code. And what he'll do to keep it. Fun and easy to listen to. 4/5


The Beacon by Shann
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The Flooze
4 stars for A Questionable Client by Ilona Andrews.
As a prequel story, it works well. It details Kate's first encounter with Saiman, showcases her wit and fighting ability, and offers a brief introduction to magic-devastated Atlanta. It also incorporates Russian folklore and the events here seem to have some bearing on the plot of book five, Magic Slays. Well-worth reading.

4 stars for Even Hand by Jim Butcher.
I love the Gentleman Gangster Johnny Marcone, so it's a treat to get a story told from
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Kim
Please note: I received an ARC of this book through the Librarything Early Reviewers program. The anthology itself is due out in August.

Dark and Stormy Knights is an anthology of paranormal stories written by some of the most popular authors in the genre. In fact, I assume that most of its readers will be attracted due to the popularity of its contributors, rather than its theme, to which some of the stories seem only tangentially related. Which is fine; overall, it's a good selection of stories
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Liv
I am giving this book a 3-star rating for the short stories that I actually read - I skipped over quite a few in this book. I particularly targeted the stories by Ilona Andrews, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine and Carrie Vaughn. I must say that my favourite was the one by Ilona Andrews, in which I got to see some Kate actions and how she actually met Saimon before the Kate Daniels series began. It was awesome and in typical Kate fashion!!! The one by Jim Butcher was great too even though it was writte ...more
Lady Jaye
Most definitely not one of the better anthologies out there. I loved the Kate Daniels novella, which I'd already read, and Shannon K. Butcher's entry made me very interested in the series, but that is just about it. Every other short story I found flat and dull an boring. Rachel Caine's left me unmoved, and I DNFed Deidre Knight's story: just couldn't be bothered with it. I skimmed chunks of Jim Butcher's entry and did not even bother with Carrie Vaughn's because Kitty Norville isn't my cup of t ...more
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