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Urban Allies: Ten Brand-New Collaborative Stories based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I received a free digital copy of Urban Allies from author Joe Nassise with the promise that I would give a fair and impartial review. My rules for a good read are simple. Interesting characters. Good plot. Nicely paced. Well written and edited. Urban Allies is an anthology of 10 short stories, with 2 authors collaborating to write one story. I like anthologies. They are a great way to satisfy my love of reading fantasy when I can't get into a long book because of life interruptions. Even better, short story anthologies are excellent introductions to a variety of authors I might not read otherwise. I have discovered some very good longer works by authors I did not know before reading their short stories in anthologies. Not every story in Urban Allies made me interested enough to go read more by the author, but that has more to do with my tastes than anything to do with the story or the writing. I am not a fan of stories centered around werewolves or zombies or vampires or other super, non-human, almost evil but benevolent beings. However, that is just MY reading preferences. I know many like to read about such characters. Individually, each story was a well told complete tale. Some were clearer about who the characters were and gave better descriptions of backgrounds and purpose of being. The stories which gave some nice details of the characters and their back stories were the most interesting and better understood. They were also the ones which tweaked my interest the most to look into the other works by that author. Overall, Urban Allies complied with all my rules for a good read. Even the stories which did not make me want to read an author's other works were nicely told stories.
This is a great anthology for both big fans of each or any of the series, and those who haven’t had the chance to read any of the series but love urban fantasy. I had only a read a couple of these series but still really enjoyed all of the stories that it held. And if you haven’t had the chance to check out these authors, you will be able to read a snip bit and discover maybe some new authors that you will enjoy. Even though all these characters have ongoing series, I was still able to be introduced to the ones I didn’t know and follow along without any trouble. The settings was well described as well and I didn’t feel I was missing out on anything coming in cold. The great part about this series is that each crossover takes place in a different city, so the background is always different. I love crossovers, especially when it’s with favorite characters, so this anthology is definitely a favorite. Readers always wonder what would happen if two characters met each other, and this solves that question. So all in all, I give this series a 5/5. It is very creative, has some great authors, and you won’t want to put it down for a second!