Hexed by Ilona Andrews, Yasmine Galenorn, Allyson James, and Jeanne C. Stein

Released: June 7, 2011
Format: Mass market paperback
Pages: 336
Publisher: Berkley

Source: Personal shelf

Four of the bestselling names in romance and fantasy come together in this collection of thrilling novellas featuring powerful women who know how to handle a hex or two…

“New York Times” bestselling author Ilona Andrews spins “Magic Dreams.” Shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau finds herself in deep waters when she must challenge a dark being to a battle of wits or risk losing the man for whom she secretly longs.

In “Ice Shards,” “New York Times” bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn returns to the Otherworld as Iris Kuusi, a Finnish house sprite, journeys to the frozen Northlands to confront the crazed shadow of her former lover and break the curse that is keeping her from marrying the man she loves.

National bestselling author Allyson James takes you to Magellan, Arizona, where Stormwalker Janet Begay and her friends are trapped by a powerful curse. It will take every bit of magic simmering beneath her skin for the Stormwalker to survive being “Double Hexed.”

From national bestselling author Jeanne C. Stein comes “Blood Debt,” in which bounty-hunter-turned-vampire Anna Strong is visited by three witches who ask her to right an old magical wrong. Anna will have to live up to her last name to make it through alive.

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It’s anthology time again so here we go:

Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews

This story is the main reason I bought this anthology, because it’s all about Dali, the timid vegetarian tigress who first showed up in Magic Strikes, and Jim, the Pack security chief. I love Ilona Andrews‘ work and I was really excited to see what she had in store for Jim and Dali.

Jim recruits Dali to help him figure out what’s going on with some missing Pack members since she’s one of the few shapeshifters that also has magic. It’s great for us as readers to see Dali and Jim centre stage since they’ve been in many stories but never the focus of the story. They’re two of the more interesting secondary characters in the Kate Daniels series and I was very happy to see them pair off.

Ilona Andrews has done an amazing job of creating a compelling novella that lets us learn more about Dali and her family’s heritage while showing us another side of the world that they’ve created. It was a lot of fun for me. The only down side? Not getting as much insight into Jim as I’d hoped since the story is told primarily from Dali’s point of view.

Ice Shards by Yasmine Galenorn

Ice Shards is set inside Yasmine Galenorn‘s Otherworld series. I read the first four books in the series but stopped reading after that. Nothing against the series or the author — the books just stopped holding my attention. But I was excited to read Ice Shards since it features Iris, the house sprite who lives with the D’Artigo sisters (the main characters in the Otherworld series). She was one of my favourite parts of the series and I’m happy that she’s getting her own moment to shine. It was great to learn more about Iris and her past since she was quite mysterious in the early books in the series.

Reading this story made me want to get back into this series so I’m going to have to check the public library asap.

Double Hexed by Allyson James

Allyson James‘ Stormwalker series is one I’ve recently gotten into and I was excited to see what she had in store for Janet Begay this time around. Double Hexed takes place between Firewalker and Shadow Walker, the latest installment in the series.

I really enjoyed Double Hexed. It’s a great entry into the series since we get to learn more about Cassandra, a character who’s been something of a mystery in the previous two novels. We also get some of the usual — sassy magic mirror, sexy scenes between Janet and Mick, and some interesting magical powers at work. If you’re a fan of the series, you’re definitely going to want to read this.

Blood Debt by Jeanne C. Stein

The final story in Hexed is part of Jeanne C. Stein‘s Anna Strong chronicles. I’ve read the first four or five novels in the series but have fallen behind because there are just so many good books out there. As a result, it was a lot of fun to get back into Anna’s world. The story obviously takes place long after I stopped reading but it wasn’t hard to figure out where things stood.

Blood Debt would probably be more meaningful if I’d read the book containing the events leading up to this particular adventure but I still found it to be quite satisfying. It might be difficult to get into for folks who aren’t familiar with the series but it’s a lot of fun if you’re at least passingly familiar with the characters.

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3 responses to “Hexed by Ilona Andrews, Yasmine Galenorn, Allyson James, and Jeanne C. Stein”

  1. Melissa (My World...in words and pages) says :

    You know I love the sounds of this anthology. But I’m waiting to get it until I get to one of the series in it. lol. I do want to read these authors, but haven’t been able to get to them yet. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the great review! I really do want it. πŸ™‚

  2. jenn says :

    Makes sense, Melissa! I bought it primarily for the Ilona Andrews story, though I’m also a fan of Allyson James.

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