5 stars, Anne Bishop, Annie Bellet, anthology, Book Review, Charlaine Harris, Jennifer Brozek, Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, Kerrie Hughes, Kevin Hearne, Nancy Holder, Patricia Briggs, R.R. Virdi, urban fantasy
Review of Heroic Hearts
This collection of stories is about the unlikely heroes. We all know them. We see them every day. They don’t even know they are heroes. Until they need to be. Heroes.
I wanted to read this for Patricia Briggs’ story about the werewolf Asil, a recurring character in her Alpha and Omega series. In Dating Terrors, Asil goes on a date (arranged through a dating app) only to find out that he was picked as a date because of his superior strength and lethal talents. But there is also Ruby, who almost immediately regrets using Asil and wants to back out. As you can imagine, events are propelled toward a showdown that doesn’t work out how Ruby imagined it would. The question is, will Asil ever find true love? This is a great story for Ruby, but even more so for Asil. Over the series, he has grown as a character and will not disappoint Briggs’ fans in this short story.
Believe it or not, before I read Little Things, I had not read anything by Jim Butcher before. This story is from the viewpoint of a sprite who must save the day while the giants (humans) around him don’t even know anything bad is happening. I loved this story of the tiny little one using all available resources (even a cat) to overcome danger.
Kerrie Hughes is another new to me author and I was delighted with Troll Life, the story of a train station attendant, Harzl, who is a disappointment to his family because he has not become a station manager yet. But he is intuitive and strong, so with his pet barghest (large, black, toothy dog) at his side he faces down evil to protect two innocents running for their lives. Another great thing about this story – sentient trains.
Irish Wolfhound Oberon is the hero of Kevin Hearne’s Fire Hazard. Perhaps other Iron Druid series readers will also feel that Oberon has always been great hero, but in this story, he proves that to himself.
I found several new to me authors and enjoyed long-time favorites. Every single story in this collection is great! They all stand alone, even if they are part of a series and there are no cliffhangers, so you will get your money’s worth on this anthology. The collection includes:
Little Things by Jim Butcher
The Dark Ship by Anne Bishop
Comfort Zone by Kelley Armstrong
Train to Last Hope by Annie Bellet
Fire Hazard by Kevin Hearne
Grave Gambles by R.R. Virdi
Troll Life by Kerrie Hughes
The Return of the Mage by Charlaine Harris
The Vampires Karamozov by Nancy Holder
The Necessity of Pragmatic Magic by Jennifer Brozek
Dating Terrors by Patricia Briggs
Heroic Hearts is glorious proof that urban fantasy is alive, kicking and entertaining readers everywhere!
Through Netgalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
About Heroic Hearts
In this short story collection of courage, adventure, and magic, heroes—ordinary people who do the right thing—bravely step forward.
But running toward danger might cost them everything. . . .
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