I always like reading anthologies. You can get different glimpses into your favorite author’s world or looks at totally new characters from authors you don’t normally read. Such is the case with Unbound.The only author I read with any regularity from this anthology is Kim Harrison. I’ve read short stories from some of the other authors and always liked them. Here’s the scoop on each one.
Ley Line Drifter by Kim Harrison: I’ve always liked the pixy character of Jenks from the Hallows series and he finally gets his due in a story all about him. Another pixy comes to Jenks for help with an unusual problem. Something is killing his tiniest children and he wants Jenks to stop whatever is doing it before all his children are gone. This story also features juvenile gargoyle Bis as Jenks backup on his first solo run. What a great fun read!
Reckoning by Jeaniene Frost: This story features the vampire Bones from the Night Huntress series. Bones has been called to New Orleans to hunt for a pair of sadistic killer ghouls who eat their victims while they’re still alive. But Bones finds himself also the prey of another hunter, which can only hinder his own hunt.
Dark Matters by Vicki Pettersson: In Pettersson’s Sign of the Zodiac world, a warrior of Light will find himself attracted to an agent of Shadow who he first encountered when he was just a child. He will risk everything he believes in to be with her, but will she feel the same in the end?
The Dead, the Damned, and the Forgotten by Jocelynn Drake: Dark Days vampire Mira must figure out who’s committing murder in her domain and setting her up to come under the notice of the Coven, a place who’s cruelty she has no desire to return to.
Two Lines by Melissa Marr: Unrelated to the Wicked Lovely series, Two Lines introduces us to Eavan, a still human Glaistig who wants to stay that way. The only problem is that she’s having trouble not giving in to the two things that will seal her fate: Sex and murder. Will she be able to resist when her own grandmother is conspiring against her?
Overall, this was a great read and I highly recommend it to fans of any of these five authors. You won’t be disappointed.