Home Series Ratings - Quick View Excerpts Anxiously Awaiting Review Policy Disclosure Policy

Reviews of books in a series, with a focus on urban fantasy.
Other genres include mystery, paranormal romance, and crime thrillers.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Must Love Hellhounds (Anthology) by Ilona Andrews, Charlaine Harris, Nalini Singh, and Meljean Brook

The first story in this anthology, The Britlingens Go to Hell, is from Charlaine Harris and comes from Sookie's world. Sort of. Remember the Britlingens? The guards from another dimension that were so expensive? Well, this story has them being hired to go to hell for a client. It's not a great story, but it's good. I'll give it an 8 of 10.

The second story is part of Nalini Singh's new Guild Hunter's Series and is called Angels' Judgment. It took me a bit to figure out that this is a prequel to the first book and doesn't come after the books I've already read in the series. Once I figured that out, it was a good story. A 10 of 10, in fact.

The third story is Magic Mourns and it is part of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. I loved this story. It is told from Andrea's point of view and immediately follows the most recent book in the series, Magic Strikes. This story also gets a 10 of 10, but I wouldn't expect anything else from the couple that make up Ilona Andrews.

And the final story, Blind Spot, is by Meljean Brooks and is part of her Guardian series. I've not read anything by Meljean Brooks before, and I enjoyed this story. I enjoyed it enough to take a look at the other books in this series to see if perhaps it is a series I want to read. Unfortunately, it looks like a good percentage of the books in this series are part of anthologies. I've got those books on my list to keep an eye out for at the used book store, but I'm not intending to purchase this many anthologies as new books. But, back to the story in this anthology, it was really well done. I enjoyed the world building, the plot, and the characters. I'll give it a 9 of 10. I did feel lost a few times, like there were things I would understand if I'd read the series.

Here's the blurb:

In these hound-eat-hound worlds, anything goes... and everything bites.

Follow paranormal bodyguards Clovache and Batanya into Lucifer's realm, where they encounter his fearsome four-legged pets, in Charlaine Harris's The Britlingens Go to Hell. Seek out a traitor in the midst of a guild of non- lethal vampire trackers, one that intends to eradicate the entire species of bloodsuckers, in Nalini Singh's Angels' Judgment. Find out why the giant three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hades has left the underworld for the real world—and whose scent he's following—in Ilona Andrews's Magic Mourns. Embark on a perilous search for the kidnapped niece of a powerful vampire alongside her blind— and damn sexy—companion and a hellhound in Meljean Brook's Blind Spot.

In the end, I'll give the total book a 9 of 10, and for an anthology, that's saying a lot coming from me.

Book Rating: Must Love Hellhounds: 9 of 10

For more information about the other books in the series discussed here, you can click on these links for my reviews of the series:

No comments:

Post a Comment