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Villains have all the fun—everyone knows that—and this anthology takes you on a wild ride through the dark side! The top villains from seventeen urban fantasy series get their own stories—including the baddies of New York Times bestselling authors Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire, and Jonathan Maberry.
For every hero trying to save the world, there’s a villain trying to tear it all down.
In this can’t-miss anthology edited by Joseph Nassise (The Templar Chronicles), you get to plot world domination with the best of the evildoers we love to hate! This outstanding collection brings you stories told from the villains' point of view, imparting a fresh and unique take on the evil masterminds, wicked witches, and infernal personalities that skulk in the pages of today’s most popular series.
The full anthology features stories by Jim Butcher (the Dresden Files), Kelley Armstrong (Cainsville), Seanan McGuire (October Daye), Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles), Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger), Lilith Saintcrow (Jill Kismet), Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville), Joseph Nassise (Templar Chronicles), Domino Finn (Black Magic Outlaw), Steven Savile (Glasstown), Caitlin Kittredge (Hellhound Chronicles), Jeffrey Somers (The Ustari Cycle), Sam Witt (Pitchfork County), Craig Schaefer (Daniel Faust), Jon F. Merz (Lawson Vampire), Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock), and Diana Pharaoh Francis (Horngate Witches).
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About the Author
#1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri.
Kevin Hearne is the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles. He’s a middle-aged nerd who still enjoys his comic books and old-school heavy metal. Visit him online at KevinHearne.com.
Seanan McGuire is the author of Every Heart a Doorway, the October Daye urban fantasy series, the InCryptid series, and several other works, both standalone and in trilogies. She also writes darker fiction as Mira Grant. She was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot.
Kelley Armstrong is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Otherworld series, as well as the New York Times bestselling young adult trilogy Darkest Powers, the Darkness Rising trilogy, and the Nadia Stafford series. She lives in rural Ontario, Canada with her husband and three children.
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and adventure; and he writes for adults, teens, and middle grade. His works include the Joe Ledger thrillers, Glimpse, the Rot & Ruin series, the Dead of Night series, The Wolfman, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, Mars One, and many others. Several of his works are in development for film and TV, including V-Wars, which will be a Netflix original series. He is the editor of high-profile anthologies including The X-Files, Aliens: Bug Hunt, Out of Tune, Hardboiled Horror, Baker Street Irregulars, Nights of the Living Dead, and others. He lives in Del Mar, California. Visit him at JonathanMaberry.com and on Twitter (@JonathanMaberry) and Facebook.
Jeff Somers was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. After graduating college he wandered aimlessly for a while, but the peculiar siren call of New Jersey brought him back to his homeland. Visit him at JeffreySomers.com and WeAreNotGoodPeople.com, and on Twitter at @JeffreySomers.
Joseph Nassise is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the internationally bestselling Templar Chronicles series, the Jeremiah Hunt trilogy, and the Great Undead War series. He also writes epic fantasy under the pseudonym Matthew Caine. He’s a multiple Bram Stoker Award and International Horror Guild Award nominee and his work has been translated into seven languages.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Short and sweet, this is a good set of authors. Even on a few I didn't get into, they held intrest to finish them.
This Urban Fantasy anthology has an interesting twist as the protagonists of the stories are, shall we say, less than upright moral people or supernaturals as the case may be. These bad guys and gals get to have their say from sixteen very well know authors including Faith Hunter, Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, and Kelley Armstrong. I am most familiar with Faith Hunter and her vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Leo Pellissier, whom we see with his heir, Katie. Fans of the series will enjoy being in his devious head in this story set before Jane Yellowrock comes on the scene. Leo has been quite an enigma throughout the JY world where many readers often wonder about his behavior and motivations so here is a chance to get a glimpse of life in Leoworld. Jim Butcher’s contribution from the world of Harry Dresden is another standout. His story focusing on John Marcone shows that bad guys are not all one dimensionally evil even though their behavior at times might suggest otherwise. I imagine it was quite a challenge for the authors to so fully inhabit the heads of their baddies as well as making the stories interesting to readers who may be a bit skeptical of wanting to see inside some really dark folks. The best part of anthologies besides getting extra insight into characters from favorite series is meeting new authors and finding more works to enjoy. These stories are very well done so now I have a whole new list of series to add to my TBR pile.
Urban fantasy anthologies are always great fun to read. It doesn't matter if you haven't read anything by most of the authors before, heck, it's a great way to be introduced into series. This anthology appealed to me because I recognized authors like Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire and Kevin Hearne. The rest were new ones for me, but for the most part did all of the stories work, even though most of the series in this book were new for me, like even though I have read books by Seanan McGuire before haven't I read anything before from her October Daye series, and I have only read the first book in the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (and a short story) before so the villain in the book was pretty unknown for me. But, it worked. Most of the stories worked, despite the fact that I had pretty much zero knowledge before I read them. Then again, I love interesting villains so that helped. The best story was without doubt Kelley Armstrong's. But, I started to read her Cainsville series a while back, and I love it so that's not really a big surprise. It did spoil the series a bit since I have only read the first two books, but that's alright. It doesn't put me off reading the next books. If I had been wise would I have taken notes of every story, but I was too lazy for that so I will not comment on every story. However, I will say that it's a great collection whether or not you have read anything by the others before.
A hero in a book is only as good as their villain. This collection centers not on the efforts of the hero, but on the adventures of the villains from some of Urban Fantasy's biggest series. Now, to be honest, it was Jim Butcher's Even Hand that attracted me towards this collection, but a few other stories have me running to read the rest of their series. A few of my other favorites-Nigsu Ga Tesgu by Jeff Somers, The naughtiest Cherub by Kevin Hearne, Down Where the Darkness Dwells by Joseph Nassise, Chase the Fire by Jon F. Merz, Reel Life by Steven Savile and Balance by Seanan McGuire. In some I wish to walk through the world these villains inhabit and create, in others the character itself draws me, wishing to see the hero that must battle this villain. Still, with only some of these series known to me, and fewer read, this collection opened up whole new worlds of reading that I am racing to get me hands on.
Everybody has a story and their own point of view, even the bad guys. In this fantastic anthology we get to hear from some bad guys that occupy the very best of the Urban Fantasy world. In these sixteen stories we struggle with the reality that good and evil are two sides of the same coin. These sixteen fabulous authors get to play on the dark side for a change. If you haven’t read these authors this anthology is a great way to get your toes wet as there isn’t a bad story in the lot.