Dark and Stormy Knights

Dark and Stormy Knights

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harstan More than 1 year ago
This fine nine urban fantasy collection focuses on dark knights who protect the innocent and the not innocent from dark nights. The anthology contains five strong entries and four solid contributions. The best two tales are "Even Hand" by Jim Butcher with a Dresden connection as his enemy Marcone has a grudge match with an inhuman sorcerer and Carrie Vaughn's "God's Creatures" with a Kitty connection as Cormac the hunter searches for a werewolf at a reform school. Also top quality are "Even a Rabbit Will Bite" by Rachel Caine starring a dragon slayer who faces unemployment and a fear what next since her prey are almost extinct; Vicki Pettersson's Shifting Star has a female lead who stalks a predator kidnapping young girls; and Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels assigned to protect "A Questionable Client". The entertaining compilation also includes fun tales from Shannon K. Butcher, P.N. Elrod (a Jack Fleming thriller), Deidre Knight and Lilith Saintcrow. Harriet Klausner
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
Ilona Andrews "A Questionable Client" I really enjoyed this novella. It reads like a prequel as Kate's first encounter with Saiman. It was interesting creative and action-packed. I am a huge Kate Daniel's fan; however this novella just didn't feel the same without Curran. 4.5/5 Jim Butcher "Evenhand" Mr. Marcone, a crime lord assists a desperate woman n the run whose plight is not as it seems. I haven't enjoyed many of Jim Butcher's novellas but I did enjoy this short story. The novella was interesting, felt hard-boilish and was full of action. 3/5 Shannon K. Butcher "The Beacon" Ryder is a hunter walking a fine line between villain and hero. This was my first experience reading any of Shannon's work and I enjoyed this novella. It was entertaining and fast moving. 3.5/5 Rachel Caine "Even a Rabbit Will Bite" This story really grabbed my attention in the beginning but after a quarter of the way through, the story just seem to drag on and on. Nothing exciting seemed to happen and the story became more about a dragon slayer's long and grueling training, than the exciting and dangerous profession of being a dragon slayer. I am not a fan of Rachel's Weather Warden series. I stopped reading it simply because there were too many convenient coincidences and it was becoming completely unbelievable, even for fantasy. 2/5 P.N. Elrod "Dark Lady" I've never clicked with P.N. Elrod's novellas in the past and this short story is no different. Even though this novella had a nice 1930s detective feel to it, the plot was completely predictable and boring. 1/5 Deidre Knight "Beknighted" This short story was way too bad paranormal romance for me and I just couldn't get into it. 0/5 Vicki Pettersson " Shifting Star" Skamar learns what it means to be human, with human frailties. This story was well done and extremely interesting. I am a huge Joanna Archer fan and this tease of a story made me salivate for the next book in the Sign of the Zodiac series The Neon Graveyard. 4/5 Lilith Saintcrow "Rockwood & Mrs. King" Rookwood, a vampire PI finds himself in a bind when a mysterious widow shows up with deep pockets and trouble. 3.5/5 Carrie Vaughn "God's Creatures" I just couldn't get into this short story, it was so boring. 0/5 Authors rarely seem to impress me these days and as far as anthologies go, this was ok. The only exceptions were Ilona Andrews and Vicki Pettersson's short stories. Without those novellas this anthology would have been a bust.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rainclan is a beautiful place, located in a forest filled, mountainous area, making the ground often sloping in one way or another. Camp is nestled at the very middle of two mountains, on the only level ground for miles. The Camp Barrier is made with bracken and underbrush, tightly woven together all around the perimeter. In the corner of the camp, a large tree rises, with one branch just low enough for an adult cat to spring to. This is High Branch. On the diagonal corner, is the Warriors' Den, a large green bush that flowers in new leaf. Next to it is the Apprentices' Den, which is based on the same type of bush, but smaller. The Leader's Den is not far from High Branch, in the back part of camp. It is a pricker bush, with a hole just wide enough for a cat to fit though. Inside is large enough up to threecats can sleep comfortably. Used as a hideout during attacks at some times. Next to the Leader's Den, but farther back in the corner, is the Elders' Den, a area with a boulder against the back, and the one spot in camp the sun hits perfectly, the boulder providing shade to hide under if one gets tired of the rays. The den itself is a bush with an arching open, the nests made of soft moss and any feathers not used in the nursery. The Nursery is a ways away from the Elders' Den, in between there and the Apprentices' and Warriors' Dens. It is also a pricker bush, with a wider entrance protected by bracken, and an inside area completely coated with bracken so kits don't hurt themselves. The nests are made off moss and feathers from prey. The Medicine Cat Den is across from the Warriors' Den, on the same side as High Branch. It's the largest den in camp, one large bush for sick cats, a circle of mossy nests, with three smaller bushes attatched. One smaller bush is used for herb storage, another as the Medicine Cat's Den, and the third as the Medicine Cat Apprentice's Den. The Main Clearing is a grassy clearing, with the center being the Fresh-Kill Pile. The entrance to camp is a hole in the bracken, with a pile of bracken beside it on the outside for extra wall support, or a blockage for the entrance if needed. Not far from the camp is the river, which bends around the camp, and can be reached easily from both back and front,but far enough away the camp is safe from the new leaf floods. Along the back bend of the river is Sunning Rocks, a sunny area with large flate stones along a stretch from the forest to the river bank. The training area is near the front of camp, a little ways away from the river. It is a short stretch of dirt, hard packed fom cats of many generations trodding across it. The dirtplace is not far from camp, though in the opposite direction of the river and training area. The rest of the territory is a fresh green forest. The border is a long ways from camp in both directions. May Starclan light your path, and may you never lose your way in your own territory!!
JrDCT More than 1 year ago
The stories are all very good. Unfortunately I've read almost all of them in other anthologies. Which makes me feel very taken advantage of. I read two to three books a week and can't remember the titles of short stories I have read a year ago and shouldn't be expected to. In the past I've used anthologies to discover new and talented writers but after having this experience three times now I will no longer be buying them. I think it is unethical, if not downright dishonest, for writers and editors to put the same story in multiple collections. Just put me down as an unhappy customer. A very unhappy customer.
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Sits
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Will you be my mate dreamwing
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Goes to the northclan border.
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I am here.
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For when you really cannot sit and read a book cover to cover. I think I have one of these as a novella from before.
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MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
I bought this book. Anthologies are increasingly serving as "samplers" for hungry paranormal readers, but books like this one prove anthologies can be more. In fact, the tales in this book all carry such depth and weight it's hard to choose a favorite. I'd advise readers to make this anthology one of the ones you pick up first.
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