Even Hand by Jim Butcher


Urban Enemies

By: Joseph Nassise, Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, Kelley Armstrong, Jonathan Maberry, Jeff Somers
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 448
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published on: August 1st 2017
Even Hand by Jim Butcher

Villains have all the fun—everyone knows that—and this anthology takes you on a wild ride through the dark side! The top villains from sixteen urban fantasy series get their own stories—including the baddies of New York Times bestselling authors Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire, and Jonathan Maberry.
For every hero trying to save the world, there’s a villain trying to tear it all down.
In this can’t-miss anthology edited by Joseph Nassise (The Templar Chronicles), you get to plot world domination with the best of the evildoers we love to hate! This outstanding collection brings you stories told from the villains’ point of view, imparting a fresh and unique take on the evil masterminds, wicked witches, and infernal personalities that skulk in the pages of today’s most popular series.
The full anthology features stories by Jim Butcher (the Dresden Files), Kelley Armstrong (the Cainsville and Otherworld series), Seanan McGuire (October Daye), Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles), Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger), Lilith Saintcrow (Jill Kismet), Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville), Joseph Nassise (Templar Chronicles), C.E. Murphy (Walker Papers), Steven Savile (Glasstown), Caitlin Kittredge (the Hellhound Chronicles and the Black London series), Jeffrey Somers (The Ustari Cycle), Sam Witt (Pitchfork County), Craig Schaefer (Daniel Faust), Jon F. Merz (Lawson Vampire), Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock), and Diana Pharaoh Francis (Horngate Witches).

Also by this author: Urban Enemies

 

I received Urban Enemies, an anthology of mainstream best-selling authors who are writing about their villians, not the heroes of their series.  So it is a little twist on what you normally would think.

 

The first story in the series is Even Hand by Jim Butcher, the author of the Dresden Files.  So if you don’t know that series, it was also a TV show about Dresden who is a warlock in a major city.  He is good but at odds with others who are good, and he has a skull who talks to him.  It is a really good TV show and I have just started reading the books, I have up to 14, but have only read the first two.

 

The villian in the short story is not someone I knew so this was a unique perspective.  Even though a villian may be a bad guy in the main series but not all bad men are always bad, or even deeply bad.  Even those who are, at times have rules, just like Marcone has, and it appears that some may know his weaknesses.

 

This story is about a man who is bad, who wants to kill the main character of the Dresden Series, and who for all intents and purposes is someone that many are afraid of, and rightfully so, since Marcone is a human and it seems like everyone else is not.

 

I really enjoyed this story, it had so much information and characterization that it pushes in a few short pages makes you understand why people may hate him, but you also start to like him, which I am sure is going to make it hard once I read enough Dresden stories to get to Macrone.

 

 

This book isn’t out until August, but you can pre-order it through Barnes & Noble and Amazon.  Trust me, it is worth it, I read more than 50% last night, and I am almost done with it.

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