Friday, September 9, 2016

REVIEW: Modern Magic: 12 Tales of Urban Fantasy

Modern Magic: 12 Tales of Urban Fantasy
Various Authors

**I received a copy of this book from Falstaff Books via NetGalley in exchange for a fair, honest review**

There are times when more actually is better. When it's donuts or ex-wives -- no. But when it's tales of urban fantasy? Yes, all day long!

Modern Magic is an anthology of novel-length urban fantasy tales available in digital format for a limited time. I knew when I opened the book and started reading the first story (Cellar by Karen E.Taylor) that this book is a treasure trove of quality fantasy! Ranging from urban fantasy to paranormal romance, sci-fi and horror, this collection is amazing! And the price is right -- only $1.99!

I know I'm using a lot of exclamation points, but I'm really enjoying this book. (There. That's a period...I have gained some control over myself.) I'm a big fan of Jim Butcher, Simon Green and others who write urban fantasy series. When I saw the listing of authors for this collection, I saw several who are new to me. I'm always willing to expand my reading horizons! (There I go again....)

All of the novels included in this collection are first in a series. Many of them I had not read before. My TBR list is definitely increasing!

Here is the list of authors and novels in this collection:

Cellar - Karen E. Taylor. Originally published as Twelve Steps From Darkness, is the tale of addict Laura Wagner. Laura is battling her demons, both inner and supernatural. Taylor is also the author of the Vampire Legacy Series.

Hard Day's Knight (Black Knight Chronicles, Vol 1) - John G. Hartness.  Children are missing. The police are baffled by the serial kidnapping case. Halloween is coming, and Vampire detectives Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood are on the case to stop an ancient evil bent on destroying the world. Harkness also writes the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter series.

Tainted (The Blood Lily Chronicles, Book 1) by Julie Kenner. When her little sister is raped, Lily Carlyle wants revenge. She gets it, but at the cost of her own life. Then she is resurrected into the body of a waitress named Alice, and becomes an assassin in the battle of good vs evil. Kenner also writes the Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series, and the Codebreaker Trilogy.

Days Gone Bad (Vesik #1) by Eric R Asher. Damien Valdis Vesik is a necromancer. Vesik has battled evil many times, but now he's up against an ancient darkness beyond anything he has faced before. Asher also wrote the Steamborn trilogy.

The Tentacle Affaire (A Slip Traveler Novel) by Jeanne Adams. Slip Traveler Cait Brennan is on a mission to retrieve a lost octopus-like creature but ends up embroiled in an insidious alien plot. Adams is the author of several sci-fi and suspense novels.

Bill the Vampire (The Tome of Bill, Part 1) by Rick Gualtieri. Bill is a nerd. And a vampire. A master vampire has put him on 90-day probation. He has to prove his worth as a vampire, or die, permanently this time.

Touch a Dark Wolf by Jennifer St  Giles. (Shadowmen #1). Nurse Erin Morgan finds herself on the run in the Tennessee mountains after witnessing a murder. When she hits a wolf with her car, she discovers not everything is as it seems.

Southern Bound (A Max Porter Paranormal Mystery) by Stuart Jaffe. Max Porter relocates to North Carolina to start over. When he discovers his office is haunted by the spirit of a 1940's detective, he finds his new job takes him in directions he never imagined. Jaffe also writes the Malja Chronicles, an apocalyptic fantasy series.

The Soul Cages by Nicole Givens Kurtz. Sarah lives in disembodied misery in Valek's soul cages, until she escapes. Now she must go back to save the others trapped in that hell. Kurtz also writes the Cybil Lewis sci-fi series.

Nobody Gets the Girl (Whoosh! Bam! Pow! #1 A Superhero Novel) by James Maxey. Accidentally erased from time by a a super-genius, Richard Rogers becomes Nobody, the world's ultimate spy. Maxey also writes the Dragon Age and Dragon Apocalypse fantasy series.

Trifles and Folly (A Deadly Curiousities Collection) by Gail Z. Martin. A collection of short stories from the Deadly Curiosities' universe, where dangerous magical and supernatural items must be found and protected. Martin writes several sci-fi/fantasy series, including Chronicles of the Necromancer.

The Nimble Man (A Novel of the Menagerie) By Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski. The Menagerie is a group of supernatural and other-worldly beings who must come together to battle the forces of darkness. Evil is working to resurrect the most evil of all the fallen angels. The Menagerie is the only thing standing in the way of the total annihilation of the human race. Golden and Sniegoski have both written several novels in the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres.

So, this collection covers a wide range of fantasy from superheroes to shapeshifters, fallen angels and disembodied souls. All for $1.99!

I definitely recommend this collection to all lovers of sci-fi, urban fantasy and horror!

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