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Urban Allies: Ten Brand-New Collaborative Stories

Urban Allies: Ten Brand-New Collaborative Stories

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by Joseph Nassise

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In this impressive anthology, twenty of today’s hottest urban fantasy writers—including Charlaine Harris, Jonathan Maberry, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan Mcguire, and C. E. Murphy—pair together to write ten original stories featuring their favorite series characters.

Worlds collide when two different urban fantasy series meet in each of the ten


In this impressive anthology, twenty of today’s hottest urban fantasy writers—including Charlaine Harris, Jonathan Maberry, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan Mcguire, and C. E. Murphy—pair together to write ten original stories featuring their favorite series characters.

Worlds collide when two different urban fantasy series meet in each of the ten electrifying stories in this collaborative project, featuring beloved characters such as Peter Octavian and Dahlia Lynley-Chivers, Joanne Walker and Harper Blaine, Joe Ledger and Special Agent Franks, Sabina Kane and Ava. Urban Allies melds the talents of some of the most high-profile authors in the genre today—many of whom are working together for the first time—to give readers a chance to see their favorite characters in an imaginative and fresh way.

Edited by acclaimed bestselling author Joseph Nassise, who is also a contributor, this outstanding collection showcases the brilliant storytelling talents of some of the most acclaimed urban fantasy writers working today—among them seven New York Times bestselling authors and one USA Today bestselling author.

Contributors Include:

  • Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden
  • Carrie Vaughn and Diana Rowland
  • Jonathan Maberry and Larry Correia
  • Kelley Armstrong and Seanan Mcguire
  • Joseph Nassise and Sam Witt
  • Steven Savile And Craig Schaefer
  • David Wellington and Weston Ochse
  • Stephen Blackmoore and Jeff Somers
  • C. E. Murphy and Kat Richardson
  • Jaye Wells and Caitlin Kittredge 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An all-star roster of 20 urban fantasy authors headlines this collection of 10 crossover adventures, each of which sees two writers pitting their signature heroes against shared threats. Verity Price from Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid series encounters Elena Michaels from Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld while both are investigating mysterious events in the woods. Jonathan Maberry’s Capt. Joe Ledger teams up with Larry Correia’s Special Agent Franks to fight demons in the Middle East. C.E. Murphy’s Joanne Walker runs into Kat Richardson’s Harper Blaine while checking out a haunted house. The reasons for each team-up and the methods by which it’s accomplished vary from one story to the next (and are often awkward). Each work stands on its own, acting as an introduction to the characters and their respective concepts. Nassise (Midian Unmade) has assembled an admirable group of contributors who do a good if sometimes uneven job of blending both styles and toy boxes. The tales lean more toward the darker fantasy or horror end of the spectrum, making for an occasionally gory spectacle. Readers will undoubtedly get a kick out of seeing their favorite heroes solving cases together and will enjoy being introduced to new characters and settings. (Aug.)
RT Book Reviews (top pick)
“Literary mashups are no easy feat, but thanks to some excellent pairings and the work of a group of wonderfully talented writers, this collection is enormously fun from beginning to end, particularly for series fans. 4-1/2 stars.”
Jonathan Maberry
“BY THE BLOOD OF HEROES is a genre-twisting madhouse of horror, Steampunk SF and zombie madness that is too damn much fun to miss! Buckle up...this is a wild ride!”
Library Journal
★ 07/01/2016
These ten shared stories brings together the work of 20 different authors. "Ladies' Fight" matches up Caitlin Kittredge's hellhound Ava and reaper Leo with Jaye Wells's Chosen, Sabina Kane, her partner Adam, and demon Giguhl as they search for the Grim Reaper's scythe. In "Tailed," Seanan McGuire's Verity Price hunts a cryptid poacher and discovers a werewolf with her kids and Kelley Armstrong's Elena, Kate, and Logan. More pairings of fan-favorite characters, including Peter Octavian and Dahlia Lynley-Chivers, and Joe Ledger and Kitty Norville, bring fresh outings and fun crossovers sure to delight many readers. VERDICT This anthology highlights incredible authors and their best lead protagonists. Readers will devour these stories, which answer the question many fans pose: "What if these two characters met?"—KC

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Joseph Nassise is the author of more than twenty novels, including the internationally bestselling Templar Chronicles series, the Jeremiah Hunt series, and several books in the Rogue Angel action/adventure series from Gold Eagle. He’s a former president of the Horror Writers Association, the world’s largest organization of professional horror writers, and a multiple Bram Stoker Award and International Horror Guild Award nominee.

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Urban Allies: Ten Brand-New Collaborative Stories 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BC1130 More than 1 year ago
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.
sanshliangirl More than 1 year ago
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!