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.
- 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
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About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer 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!