Shadowed Souls edited by Jim Butcher & Kerrie L. Hughes

Shadowed Souls edited by Jim Butcher & Kerrie L. Hughes Shadowed Souls edited by Jim Butcher & Kerrie L. HughesShadowed Souls by Kerrie L. Hughes, Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, Rob Thurman, Tanya Huff, Kat Richardson, Jim. C Hines, Anton Strout, Lucy A. Snyder, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Erik Scott de Bie
Published by Roc on November 1st 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
four-stars

In this dark and gritty collection—featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman—nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil..
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line.

Shadowed Souls is short story anthology, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes, featuring stories from a number of well-known authors, centred around the theme of individuals who might be doing good things, but have a troubled, or dark side to them. As with any collection of stories, there are ones which were my style, while others didn’t seem to fit in too well.

Straight out of the gate was a Jim Butcher story set in the Dresden Files universe, starring the always-interesting Molly Carpenter. It has been a while since I read a Dresden book, but reading Jim Butcher feels like slipping into a comfortable old leather duster… if you know what I mean. His contribution to this anthology was a typically stylish and entertaining read, with an emotional rollercoaster ride to the end.

I thought Seanan Maguire’s story about a roller derby-loving succubus was a light and interesting piece, although I thought it lacked the emotional depth, even with the ending. I was quite surprised that I found Kevin J Anderson’s story about a private eye tracking down a literal Eye of Newt had a fairly weak joke as the premise, and it really didn’t rise above mediocrity. I don’t mind a good joke, but it felt like a pun spread out into a too-long story.

On the other hand, I found the Tanya Huff’s take on the danger of messing with genies, and Kat Richardson’s journey through the underworld well-written and generally entertaining. The stories seemed to taper off toward the end of the collection, and perhaps that reflected my own personal taste. Judging the anthology as a whole is quite difficult, but I enjoyed about 8/11 stories, and that is how I rated the anthology overall.

I received a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

four-stars
Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Overall: four-stars

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