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Urban Enemies

(The Dresden Files #11.6 - Even Hand)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,396 ratings  ·  274 reviews
Villains have all the fun—everyone knows that—and this anthology takes you on a wild ride through the dark side! The top villains from sixteen urban fantasy series get their own stories—including the baddies of New York Times bestselling authors Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire, and Jonathan Maberry.

For every hero trying to save the world, there’
ebook, 448 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Gallery Books
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Dianne You may have already read the Jim Butcher story


“Even Hand” — originally from Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by Pat Elrod. Rep…more
You may have already read the Jim Butcher story


“Even Hand” — originally from Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by Pat Elrod. Reprinted in Beyond the Pale, edited by Henry Herz, and Urban Enemies, edited by Joseph Nassise.
Gentleman Johnnie Marcone clashes with a rival supernatural power. Told from Marcone’s point of view.
Takes place between Turn Coat and Changes.(less)

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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Disclaimer: there are seventeen short stories in this collection. I only read one of them so far. Craig Schaefer's. Because I'm despicably selective like that. And also because DUH.

Sixty-Six Seconds: 4 stars.

This is a delightful little short about the yummiest corpse highjacker demonic bounty hunter in the Schaeferverse, aka my boyfriend Fontaine. I wouldn’t have minded if my boyfriend Danny Boy had made an appearance here as well, but I guess he’s gotta take some rest from my lurving ministra
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
I liked the concept of this anthology: villains from various UF series getting their own novellas. Unfortunately that did not work out so well in practice as it did in theory as tons of stories from, mostly, horrible characters resulted in a bit of burnout as I ended up not being able to invest in any of the characters!

I mostly just picked it up this anthology for the Craig Schaefer novella about Fontaine but figured the others were at least worth a chance regardless of them all sounding a bit
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love a good villain? I mean come on, we all love to hate them and even sometimes, hate to love them. When I found out some of the top authors in the urban fantasy genre were going to be writing not only short stories set in some of the best series out there, but also in the point of view of their villains, I was so all over it. And even though some of these series I have yet to try, it didn't stop me from diving right in and seeing what their writing and bad guys were all about.

Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent compilation of stories into the worlds of a variety of writers. But from the pov of the villains. How cool is that? Some of them try to make them seem redeemable and others a just deliciously evil. 😈 Excellent stories!
Michael Britt
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the Publisher for approving me for this ARC, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating: 3.75 rounded up to 4

Urban Enemies is an awesome collection of 17 Urban Fantasy short stories told from the POV's of the villains of various UF series. I am only familiar with 3 of these authors (Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, and Craig Schaefer) but this has helped me find a few new authors worth looking in to.

My obvious favorite was Even Hand by Jim Butcher. Mainly beca
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Urban fantasy anthologies are always great fun to read. It doesn't matter if you haven't read anything by most of the authors before, heck, it's a great way to be introduced into series.

This anthology appealed to me because I recognized authors like Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire and Kevin Hearne. The rest were new ones for me, but for the most part did all of the stories work, even though most of the series in this book were new for me, like even though I have read books by Seana
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

This anthology included some really excellent stories... and added quite a few series to my TBR pile. Can't wait to pick some of them up!
Even Hand by Jim Butcher
Villain & Series: Gentleman John Marcone, The Dresden Files
My Series Status: Devoted Follower/Obsessee
Stars: Five

Even Hand was a great little story, but way too short. I've always been intrigued by Gentleman John Marcone, and seeing
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
There's just something about fictional baddies that fascinates and they provide a brilliant hook for an urban fantasy short story collection. Some of the authors I knew, lots I didn't, but this was an intriguing look into each created world from a perspective not usually seen. For the series I'd read before, it was fun to delve into the minds of the other side, a bit of blood and mayhem and a whole lot of attitude. For the ones new to me, it was a great way to evaluate the strengths and weakness ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, net-galley
I really enjoyed this anthology. It was a very fun read and it gave me a chance to check out many authors I had not heard of or read previously. I'm excited to be able to check out some of the full length novels! Plus, there's something refreshing about reading the stories of villains instead of heroes.

Even Hand - Jim Butcher - From the world of Harry Dresden, we follow John Marcone. This was an interesting read. I know that Marcone was supposed to be a villain, but in this short story he played
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I was only going to listen to two story's Jim Butchers and Faith Hunter. They are two of my favorite authors that I never miss. I ended up listening to the whole thing. I enjoy the little tidbits from the above two authors the rest meh...I didn't know their characters, didn't have any feel for them. So meh
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
“Even Hand” by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files)
This story is shared from Dresden’s long-time nemesis, John Marcone.

Justine shows up with a baby and asks for sanctuary from Mag, a powerful fomor wizard. Marcone isn’t one for making bad business decisions, but takes Justine in because one of Marcone’s rules is no harm to children. Mag is extremely determined to get back Justine and brings all his power to bear down on Marcone, Gard, and Hendricks.

While the tale doesn’t directly tie into the overall D
Most fantasies concentrate on the heroes & heroines. The bad guys (& gals) are often 2D, obviously evil with no redeeming features. That's OK, but it gets old. Bad guys generally aren't bad guys in their own eyes, so it's nice to read some stories from their point of view. I'm sure these will help create better stories in the future, too.

Most of the narrators were good to excellent. Early on, the lead-ins tell us just enough about the world to make sense of the stories yet don't provide any spoi
Marta Cox
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
I do love a good anthology and seeing this advertised I couldn't wait to read it. Now I will be frank and say I'm not sure if all these short stories are new and have a feeling that perhaps one or two have been released before so I'd suggest checking the titles and comparing with books you already own . That being said all were fresh to me and as it included works by six authors I follow for me this was an excellent read.
Hmm how do I start? Well if I review each and every story this would be far
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Urban Enemies is a collection of seventeen short stories from Joseph Nassies, Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, Kelley Armstrong, Jonathan Maberry, Jeff Somers, Steven Savile, Caitlin Kittredge, Sam Witt, Craig Schaefer, Jon F. Merz, Faith Hunter, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Lilith Saintcrow, Carrie Vaughn, & Domino Finn.

This collection of short stories was an ok read. They are all a little dark and deal with the villains of many different series. I think this collection is great for librari
Erin Dunn
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review to come! Eventually! :P
Judy Lesley
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an e-ARC of this anthology through NetGalley and Gallery Books, Threshold Pocket Books. Thank you.

This was one of those books where I got what I had been wishing for and then wondered if I really appreciated what I got. For me the unremitting villainous focus was harder to enjoy than I had expected (so probably a 3 star rating would express that better), but the writing for each story is excellent so I'm going with the 4 star rating to reflect that aspect. I found that I needed to tak
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Audible version. 08/2017. I'm not reading the anthology as a whole or in any particular order. The reason I purchased this was for Leo's story.

Only read 2 stories in this anthology.
“Kiss” by Lilith Saintcrow. Is 44:39 mins long. I rate it 3 stars
“Make It Snappy” by Faith Hunter. Is 42:56 mins long. I rate it 3 stars

A few authors I'm familiar with & may eventually go back to read:
“Unexpected Choices” by Diana Pharaoh Francis
“Bellum Romanum” by Carrie Vaughn
“The Resurrectionist”by Caitlin Kit
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Truth be told, I lost interest a few stories into this anthology, but I got what I wanted; the stories of Perry and Leo Pelissier.

Ah, Perry, you are my darling creep, as alway, even though there was no boner present this time. I would have given the story five stars, had it centered around Jane and not her predecessors. Still, learning the story of his making was interesting enough. Given his proclivity for creating aspects of himself, I'm more certain than ever that he is still around... Somewh
I only read the Kelley Armstrong, which was maybe 10 pages long, but my records must be exact! It was unpleasant. It was meant to be, but that doesn't make it NOT unpleasant.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was so excited to read this anthology. While, it has been a while since I have read some of these authors' series, I was happy to see so many of the authors I am familiar with in this anthology. I agree with other readers that the first story Even Hand by Jim Butcher was a let down as it has been produced before. So not a new story. That is kind of the point of an anthology is that readers are exposed to new short stories.

The read the next four stories. They were ok but not one of them except
Jennifer McLean
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I decided to take and review this from Netgalley because of the stories by Butcher and Armstrong. I also figured if they were in any anthology, I'd probably love the other writers. I could use an influx of new blood to my reading list as I've read every book all my favorite authors have written so far. I must admit, I was slightly disappointed. I don't have high expectations for anthologies as I assume a great short story can be as hard to write as a great novel but I did hope to be entertained. ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars again
So this doesn't have any of our favorite characters but is an Incryptid story about a coo coo and her thought patterns while taking over people's minds and lives. I wish I knew who the hunter was and where he came from.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read, 2017-read
** Reading in progress **
Rating will be updated as I read more of the stories.

Feb 2018: Sixty-Six Seconds by Craig Schaefer: 3.50

AUg 2017: Even Hand by Jim Butcher: 4.00
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiotheater
3.5 stars
Quality of stories are uneven (isn't it usually like that?), but I'm happy with the collection nonetheless.
Doug Browne
Some stories are great, but they are wildly uneven
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I just read Seanan McGuire's short story, Balance! Good cuckoo story!
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review is just for Faith Hunter’s short-story, “Make it Snappy,” found in the Urban Enemies anthology.

This story introduces a number of characters from the Jane Yellowrock urban fantasy series:
- Leo Pellesier, Mithran (vampire) Master of the City and anti-hero
- Katherine Fonteneau, Leo’s heir and the madam of Katie’s Ladies, the longest continuous running brothel in New Orleans
- George Dumas, Leo’s human Primo
- Derek Lee, African-American military veteran running a cleaning business—later
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: readtoreview
Thanks to NetGalley and to the editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

It's not often that I give 4 out of 5 stars on a short stories book, but this one is really good! It's good the idea because come on! You have to love a book written all by villains' POV. And they are all urban fantasy's villain, so if you love this genre (and I love it a lot! It's my guilty pleasure and my comfort reading) you simply have to read this book.
There are a lot of great writes in thi
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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I have a bit of a bone to pick with Urban Enemies, because of reading this book I have now added TEN more books to my to-be-read list (TBRL). Most of these books are also part of a series, so the potential for even more books is high. I will never get through my TBRL, and that's ok. To be honest, If I don't have a few hundred books on this list I start to get a little antsy and start the search for more.

I have admitted in the
Anne - Books of My Heart


The anthology includes seventeen short stories from many authors which I have mentioned in the order within Urban Enemies.  I have read only five of these authors but they are some of my favorites so I was excited. After all, reading an anthology like this, which was edited by a mystery author, was what took me out of over ten years of reading only mysteries. It turned out to be more science fiction, paranormal romance and urban fantasy stories. I enjoyed many of the stories even thoug

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Joseph Nassise is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty-five novels, including the Templar Chronicles series, the Jeremiah Hunt trilogy, and the Great Undead War series. He has also written several books in the Rogue Angel action/adventure series from Gold Eagle. He is a former president of the Horror Writers Association, the world's largest organization of profess ...more

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