Urban Allies edited by Joseph Nassise
Published by: Harper Voyager
Edited by: Joe Nassise
Review by: Dani Hoots
From the Back Cover
In this impressive anthology, twenty of today’s hottest urban fantasy authors pair up to write ten new and original stories featuring beloved characters from their own bestselling series
Urban Allies unites two beloved characters from two different urban fantasy series in each of ten electrifying new stories. Each story melds the talents of two high-profile authors—many working together for the first time—to give readers a chance to see their favorite characters in an imaginative and fresh way. Peter Octavian and Dahlia Lynley-Chivers are imprisoned in an inescapable dungeon together; Joanne Walker and Harper Blaine must defeat a sinister pair of sisters in a haunted house; Joe Ledger and Agent Franks team up to annihilate a bloodthirsty demon in the hellish Iraqi desert.
Edited by 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, seven USA Today bestselling authors, and three Bram Stoker Award winners.
Contributors include: 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
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!