Shadowed Souls Edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes

Posted October 17, 2016 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Shadowed Souls Edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes Shadowed Souls by Jim Butcher, Kerrie L. Hughes, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, Rob Thurman, Tanya Huff, Kat Richardson, Jim. C Hines, Anton Strout, Lucy A. Snyder, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Erik Scott de Bie
Series: The Dresden Files #14.5
Also by this author: The Aeronaut's Windlass
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Roc
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 352
ISBN: 0451474996
Purchase at: Amazon
Minx's Rating:

In this dark and gritty collection—featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman—nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil..

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s Cold Case, Molly Carpenter—Harry Dresden’s apprentice-turned-Winter Lady—must collect a tribute from a remote Fae colony and discovers that even if you’re a good girl, sometimes you have to be bad...

New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s Sleepover finds half-succubus Elsie Harrington kidnapped by a group of desperate teenage boys. Not for anything “weird.” They just need her to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman. No biggie.

In New York Times bestselling Kevin J. Anderson’s Eye of Newt, Zombie P.I. Dan Shamble’s latest client is a panicky lizard missing an eye who thinks someone wants him dead. But the truth is that someone only wants him for a very special dinner...

And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman’s infernally heroic Caliban Leandros takes a trip down memory lane as he deals wih some overdue—and nightmarish—vengeance involving some quite nasty
Impossible Monsters


Tanya Huff * Kat Richardson * Jim C. Hines * Anton Strout * Lucy A. Snyder * Kristine Kathryn Rusch * Erik Scott de Bie *

From the Trade Paperback edition.


Writing a review on a collection of short stories is something of a challenge. I am a huge Jim Butcher fan and to be able to read a short story from The Dresden Files featuring Molly was definitely a draw for me. Luckily there were ten other stories that were full of action and magical elements to keep me entertained throughout the rest of the book.

The story that had the greatest impact to me was Cold Case by Jim Butcher and not just because it was written by Jim Butcher. *smirk* It comes down to the fact that I have read every Dresden Files book and I am fully invested in the characters in that series and to see how things are progressing with Molly Carpenter in her new role as a Queen of Faerie was a treat for me. It also cemented my feelings that Mab is just awful, terrible, and dang if I am not feeling sorry for Molly after reading this story. It was a fantastical read that gave further insight into the workings of the Winter court and I just don’t know how much more I can take, lol, which means damn this was good!

I was not familiar with a few of the writers in this collection. Sad I know, but now I am and WoW! is all I can say. There is a great sampling of supernaturals so without being a spoiler here is some of what you can expect: Fae, succubi, bogeymen, genie, vampire, empath, ghost, half-dead, zombie, amphibian, twin-soul warriors, and many other supernatural beings. Each story in this book is unique and has its own flavor. Some I enjoyed more than others but I can appreciate every one of them for their creativity and uniqueness. For fans of urban fantasy this is a truly must have collection.

*Thank you to ROC & NetGalley for this eARC of Shadowed Souls*

About Jim Butcher

Author Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri.

Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990’s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.

All the same, he refuses to change his nickname.

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