Huntress arrived quite unexpectedly in my mailbox but I was very happy to see it. Caitlin Kittredge had revealed on her blog that a Jack Winter story was waiting for me inside the pages of this anthology. If you haven’t read Street Magic, first in the Black London series you might not understand my anticipation. Oops, got distracted by thoughts of Jack. Each story involves a huntress, but each unique.
I must confess that I read Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go by Caitlin Kittredge first. We get to see Jack in all his glory before he meets Pete and goes down the dark road of addiction. Very unique story and I was riveted until the end.
Then I went back to the beginning and read Devil’s Bargain by Christine Warren. I hadn’t read Ms. Warren since she first broke into big time publishing. I enjoyed this story with its geeky hero Aaron Bullard and Lilith Corbin, the huntress. Lilith needs to retrieve a book that Aaron owns to return it to the devil Samael in order to end her bargain with said devil. But it turns out that it isn’t just a book and Lilith isn’t just a huntress.
The Robber Bride by Marjorie M. Liu was so good, words escape me. I would love LOVE love to see more of these characters. After a horrible virus wipes out a large portion of the population, people make do with what they have, what they can grow, and what they can trade or scavenge. Maggie is a fixer, collecting pieces of civilization that was and making it functional or using the pieces to make something new. One day a strange man on a motorcycle shows up and changes the course of Maggie’s existence. In order to save a friend, Maggie sets out to find the man on the motorcycle and finds more that she bargained for.
Sin Slayer by Jenna Maclaine rounds out this collection. Cin Craven is on the hunt for a vacation with her husband Michael in 1889 Paris. Then she receives a summons from the Regent of London, who begs their help in ridding the town of Jack the Ripper. It seems that Jack has moved on from killing humans to vampires to increase the challenge. Cin and company arrive and discover that the situation is more dangerous than they thought. This is the second Cin Craven story I have read and I will be looking forward to more.
Book Blurb for Huntress
It takes a real man to satisfy the powers and passions of the HUNTRESS
Supernatural bounty hunter Lilli Corbin made a pact with the Prince of Hell: She agreed to recover a book of prophecies. When she learns it could trigger the apocalypse, Lilli is forced to make the ultimate choice: save her soul, or the man she loves?
Marjorie M. Liu
“The Robber Bride”
Welcome to a post-apocalyptic world where women are fed on for their life forces. Now it’s up to Maggie, one of the last female survivors, to hunt down and destroy an army of darkness…
“Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go”
Ava is a demon slayer who needs help from mage Jack Winter to reach the demon underworld—a place of dark seduction…and, maybe, one of no return.
London 1889. Jack the Ripper is killing off the city’s vampire population, and now it’s up to Cin Craven to hunt him down—and save the infected Michael, the love of her undead life.
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