Thursday, October 11, 2007

Holidays Are Hell - Anthology

Holidays Are Hell
Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Marjorie M. Liu & Vicki Pettersson
Harper Collins
November 1, 2007
ISBN# 978-0-06-123909-0

Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel by Kim Harrison: It’s the solstice and Rachel takes her brother, Robbie, up on a bet. If she wins she can join the I.S. with his support, if she loses she’ll go to the West coast with her brother and continue schooling. Things don’t quite go according to plan.

Run, Run, Rudolph by Lynsay Sands: Jill finds herself changed and pursued by a madman who wants to use her as a guinea pig. With Nick by her side, Jill will have to make use of her new abilities in order to escape the deranged scientist’s clutches and stop him from ever doing it again.

Six by Marjorie M. Liu: Six is an undercover government agent when she teams up with Joseph, a necromancer. Their separate goals become one and together they plan to stop the terrorist cell that has ties to vampires. Surviving unscathed may not be so easy.

The Harvest by Vicki Pettersson: Having already passed on her chi, Zoe returns to the zodiac agents of Light as a mortal. Surprised and wary of her arrival, they allow her to explain. She needs their help to save innocent lives from the Tulpa and the zodiac Shadows. Zoe knows that their only chance of success is as a team.

Holidays Are Hell is an anthology of four entertaining urban fantasy tales that are a fun visit with favorite characters, and the chance to meet new ones. Fast action, dangerous adventure, a touch of humor and some steamy romance make it well worth the read. If you’re already a fan of any of the series that are represented you’ll love getting the back-history on these characters, and if you’re new to them it’s a wonderful place to start.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

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