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Black Dog Short Stories II

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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Mothers and Sisters
Before the failure of the miasma that hid all supernatural darkness from the sight of ordinary humans, brutal black dogs sometimes ruled as kings—sometimes for generations. In a country where black dogs rule and the Pure are despised, even a girl as fierce and determined as Keziah finds life a precarious struggle. But after her little sister is born, she
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Published October 24th 2016 by Anara Publishing
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May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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Somehow I missed this one! (And for some reason, it isn’t available for Nook. Some of us don’t want to be entirely tied to the Amazon ecosystem! Buuut I bought this on Amazon anyway. Sigh.)

To reiterate, I’m reading this after Shadow Twin, though its events take place first. So I’ll start at the end, with the last story. It’s meant to set up the entire third book and yet I still think my criticism stands: too much new mythology! Vampires have existed for centuries but witches spring up out of the
Annie Lima
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed these stories and the essay at the end. It was great to get a closer look at some of the characters and see into their minds. Anyone who has read the novels in this series will definitely want to read the short stories to get new perspectives on some of the people we know and watch them interact with each other in new ways. I'm already looking forward to the third book of short stories! ...more
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Black Dog
Recommended to Mouselet by: Rachel Neumeier
Like with the first collection, Black Dog Short Stories II does a great job of filling the space between novels with stories that continue to flesh out the world and characters. The four stories here include Keziah and Amira's backstory, a solo adventure for Ezekiel, Ethan becoming more than just Grayson's obnoxious nephew, and Justin finally visiting his grandmother.

All of them help to illustrate something important, whether it's a character motivation, Ezekiel's badass-ness having limits, a ch
Donna Cansdale
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great back stories

Perfect fillers fot the black dog universe. Background on the how and why of relationships and personalities that enhance the reader's understanding and sympathy for the main and supporting characters. An accomplished author, doing a skillful job. Neumeier is a skilled craftsman in her field.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have run out of Black Dog for now. This makes me sad.
Cesar Avila
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I think I like these collections of short stories slightly better than the novels! This one also includes an essay about the black dog world ( not genetics this time).
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This collection of short stories expands on a few more pieces of the Black Dog universe. The book contains four short stories and a short essay on how witches, vampires, and black dogs all fit into the universe.

The first story, Mothers and Daughters (although the interior text had it titled Mothers and Sisters) is Keziah's backstory. As might be expected, it explains where she grew up and how her sister got her scar, and how and why they went to Dimilioc. This is the only story set before both B
Jo Oehrlein
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I needed another fix of Black Dog and the timing (just before Halloween) was perfect!

Mothers and Sisters
The back story of Keziah and Amira says so much about who they are and where they come from.

Unlikely Allies
I liked the interaction between Ezekiel and the police detective. It was interesting to see them form a careful partnership, neither quite sure what the other would do. And, we have an emphasis on Dimilioc's protection for women and their choices.

Bank Job
A reappearance of Colonel Herrod.
Kim Aippersbach
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love this world and this series, and short stories are a great medium for giving us little vignettes of character development and intriguing hints of a new big bad to come!

The characters are the strength of this series: they're each so well-developed, with their own character arcs that interact with each other in interesting, believable, dramatic ways. The black dog world of competing power, agendas and loyalties is a fascinating setting in which to explore different kinds of relationships, an
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm so excited for the next novel after these short stories! ...more
This was fun and whetted my appetite for the next book, Shadow Twin. I enjoyed coming back into this world.
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Rachel Neumeier started writing fiction to relax when she was a graduate student and needed a hobby unrelated to her research. Prior to selling her first fantasy novel, she had published only a few articles in venues such as The American Journal of Botany. However, finding that her interests did not lie in research, Rachel left academia and began to let her hobbies take over her life instead.

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