Got this when it came out and while I liked the story, the editing almost drove me batty. I will admit to some OCD tendencies--and am the product of aGot this when it came out and while I liked the story, the editing almost drove me batty. I will admit to some OCD tendencies--and am the product of a family of educators--so I do not handle serious editing mistakes--spelling mistakes, typos, using the wrong word--to instead of two or too, their for they're, Heir for hair, insure for ensure etc. Let's just leave it at the fact that if there hadn't been so many problems with the editing of this book it probably would have gotten at least one, maybe even 1.5 more stars. And sorry, but a spell check program does NOT do the work of a professional editor. Still, I liked the premise of the story and the characters were interesting. And it had baby werewolves in it--who can resist babies, of whatever species, right?
Hopefully they've fixed the editing problems in later editions. If not, and you have the same difficulty I have--skip this book or see if you can find it in an audio format, so that you don't have to put up with the problems....more
for an anthology this was surprisingly good. Usually there is only 1 or maybe 2 stories in an anthology that most people really like, this one all 4 wfor an anthology this was surprisingly good. Usually there is only 1 or maybe 2 stories in an anthology that most people really like, this one all 4 were interesting.
The Charlaine Harris story takes the 2 Britlingen bodyguards from Batanya and Clovache have returned home from their trip to our dimension and are about to head out on another job. They get to have fun and games protecting a thief who is sent to Hell (yes, THAT Hell) to steal something from Lucifer. Fun and games--and a little revenge for our girls.
Angels Judgment by Nalini Singh is the story of how the U.S. division of the Guild Hunters get their new Guild Leader.
Magic Mourns by Ilona Andrews is set in the Kate Daniels universe, with Archangels, demons, regular angels, vamps and weres. This is a story "featuring" Kate's friend Andrea Nash. Kate only appears in the story briefly, mostly to give advise on the phone.
Blind Spot by Meljean Brook is set in the Guardian universe. Former CIA, Senatorial bodyguard and now bodyguard to the Ames-Beaumont family, Maggie Wren (aka Winter to her employer) is out there trying to rescue the niece of her employer while protecting his nephew and trying to locate a former fellow-CIA operative who's execution she had faked several years before.
All 4 stories have hellhounds in them to some degree or other. I personally liked Sir Pup, as the one in the story by Meljean Brook was called. He had a wicked sense of humour.
Ok, before we get to the review, I have to lodge one of my "what the heck were they thinking with this cover model" rants. Why, why, why can't they atOk, before we get to the review, I have to lodge one of my "what the heck were they thinking with this cover model" rants. Why, why, why can't they at least check with the author and ask the simple question, "what do the hero and heroine look like?" But no, this seems to be an idea that publishers can NOT get into their teeny, tiny little brains. Our hero, Laurent, is a blond with long hair. The cover model is a brunette with SHORT hair. Sigh.
Ok, having gotten that rant out of the way--I enjoy Sizemore's Prime series, because she injects humour into it and doesn't take herself as a writer too seriously. And Laurent is definately a fun male to be around. He's got a sense of humour and doesn't take HIMSELF seriously. He also has all the baggage of an abused child raised by a very abusive father, this despite being a vampire. Sizemore did a good job of showing his efforts to rise above his childhood. Eden (our heroine) was just also working to over-come her upbringing--she was raised in a family of vampire hunters, and was actually "on the job" when she and Laurent met. They were a teaming of Vamp and Hunter working to keep the world safe from evil vamps. And doesn't THAT just inspire a chuckle or two. A good story, full of fun, evil vamps, good vamps, Hunters and all of the rest of the things that we fans demand from our PNR addictions....more
As with any anthology--some good stories, some ok stories and 1 not so good story.
The Butcher story was set in the world of Harry Dresden and was tolAs with any anthology--some good stories, some ok stories and 1 not so good story.
The Butcher story was set in the world of Harry Dresden and was told from the p.o.v. of one of Harry's some time ally/foe John Marcone. It tells us nothing about Marcone's motivations, but does show his dedication to his personal code and to the lengths he will go to prepare for anything.
P.N. Elrod has a short story set in her Vampire Files universe with vamp Jack Fleming receiving assistance from the ghost who haunts his 30's era speak easy.
There is a Kate Daniels short. I would advise knowing something of Kate's world to properly appreciate this story. Altho I have to admit, I DID like seeing Kate and Saimen's first meeting.
There is a story from Carrie Vaughn set in her Kitty universe and featuring Cormac the werewolf slayer.
There are a few other stories as well, by authors that I have either no familiarity with or very little. Which brings us to the one story that I didn't really care for--Rachel Caine's "Even a Rabbit Will Bite. I don't believe I've read anything else by her, so I'll reserve judgement on her skills, I just didn't like the entire tone of the story. ...more
surprisingly good for a "first book of a series." As most people do, I tend to give a first book a good bit of lee-way, since the author always has sosurprisingly good for a "first book of a series." As most people do, I tend to give a first book a good bit of lee-way, since the author always has so much world building to do, as well as introducing the main characters, having to have a plot etc. With this one Drake has done an excellent job. The world building isn't laid on quite as heavy as with some series, but it is still fairly heavy. There are twists upon twists upon twists. A bit of mystery to keep things interesting and a series of characters that keep you coming back for more.
Now, it is very definately an UF book. In this book there are vamps, were's and fae--but its the fae from the old tales, where the "wee folk" are not to be trusted. Think Unseelie and you will have the correct frame of reference. While not appearing in this book, demons and angels are also mentioned.
Oh--but be warned--there is a very definate "cliff hanger" ending in that you are left with not a great deal resolved. Fortunately, at least 4 more books are already out. I haven't done any research to see if there are more than 5 books in this series, since I didn't buy this, but was given it as a present. Fortunately, the person giving it to me knows my reading tastes, and so knew that I'd enjoy it. Now I just have to get the rest of the series (which might have been what she had in her evil, twisted mind, since the book came from my daughter. I'm wondering if she wants to read the rest of the series as well.) ...more
Well, Gail Carriger has given us another fun read in her Parasol Protectorite series.
It starts with Alexia sulking at her Mother and Step-father's hoWell, Gail Carriger has given us another fun read in her Parasol Protectorite series.
It starts with Alexia sulking at her Mother and Step-father's house--with all the annoyance from her family that that entails. From there, she heads to France accompanied by her father's manservant Floot and Madame Lefoux, heading towards Italy. Along the way there is the usual mayhem that Alexia always causes with vampires, were-wolves, mad scientists and the Knights Templar--who in this world were NOT destroyed.
I will give one small spoiler--I really want an Ornithopter. I LOVED the idea of one being powered at least partially by gunpowder. What a salute to Jules Verne. ...more