It was a dark and stormy knight, and nine dark defenders embarked upon a most perilous quest….
They're the ultimate defenders of humanity—modern day knights who do dark deeds for all the right reasons. In this all-star collection, nine of today's hottest paranormal authors bring us thrilling, all-new stories of supernatural knights that are brimming with magic mystery and mayhem.
John Marcone sets aside his plans to kill Harry Dresden to go head-to-head with a cantrev lord in Jim Butcher's Even Hand. Kate Daniels is called upon for bodyguard duty to protect Saimen, a shifter she trusts less than the enemy in Ilona Andrews' A Questionable Client. Cormac must stop a killer werewolf before it attacks again on the next full moon in Carrie Vaughn's God's Creatures. And in Vicki Pettersson's Shifting Star, Skamar gets more than she bargained for when she goes after a creature kidnapping young girls—and enlists the aid of her frustratingly sexy neighbor. Shannon K. Butcher, Rachel Caine, Deidre Knight, Vicki Pettersson, and Lilith Saintcrow also contribute stories to this collection.
When everything's on the line, will these knights complete their missions and live to fight again another day? Find out in Dark and Stormy Knights!
Elrod's urban fantasy anthology has a strikingly similar vibe to 2009's Mean Streets, though the two are otherwise unrelated. The one author both volumes share, Jim Butcher, does his usual top-notch job with the Dresden Files tie-in "Even Hand," a dramatic character study of Chicago crime boss John Marcone and his little-known but powerful drive to protect small children at any cost. Equally as good is Carrie Vaughn's taut and suspenseful "God's Creatures," in which a hunter searches for a werewolf among the residents of a Catholic reform school. Rachel Caine's "Even a Rabbit Will Bite," in which a dragon slayer is rendered redundant by the near extinction of her quarry, is unexpectedly poignant. Six less memorable stories round out the volume.
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I bought the book for the story by Jim Butcher. As good as that one is, it was several ones later in the volume that made me simply pause at the end of the story and reflect on how well they'd been put together. A good choice for making a long plane ride that much shorter.