This book contains four novellas in established series. There is one by Ilona Andrews set in the Kate Daniels series sometime after the fourth book. The second story is by Yasmine Galenorn and is set in her Otherworld series. The third story is by Allyson James and is an early Stormwalker story, and then the last (and shortest) is by Jeanne C. Stein from her Anna Strong series.
Of these authors, I've only ever read any Andrews, and of "her" (it's a husband-wife team) I've read all of the Kate Daniels books. This story takes a side track and follows two were-people on a separate adventure from Kate. Dali the tiger and Jim the panther try to destroy a curse. Like many short stories, the ending assumes too much reader knowledge that we don't have - whether due to editing or just storycrafting - but the action is good and the banter is fun.
The other three stories are fun, interesting, and do not presuppose reader knowledge of either the characters or the universe. I was interested enough in all of them to add all three series to my reading list for sometime. I'd like to try full-length novels of all of the authors, and see if I like the characters with more development and depth.
I recommend this book to Urban Fantasy readers who like any of the four authors/series mentioned and are looking to take similar writers out for a test drive.
Why I picked it: I like the Kate Daniels series, and I wanted something lighter and less demanding than a full-length book.
New-to-me Books for 2012
House of the Star by Caitlin Brennan, YA fantasy. 282 pages; hardback; stand-alone. 3/5 stars on Goodreads (3 = "liked it"), 4/5 stars on Amazon (4 = "liked it"); straight into the giveawaybox
Gwenhwyfar by Mercedes Lackey, Fantasy. 404 pages; hardback; stand-alone. 2/5 stars on Goodreads (2 = "it was OK"), 3/5 stars on Amazon (3 = "it was OK"); straight into the giveawaybox
Blood Engines by T.A. Pratt, Urban fantasy. 336 pages; paperback; first in the series. 3/5 stars on Goodreads (3 = "liked it"), 4/5 stars on Amazon (4 = "liked it"); going to keep it around and loan it to friends
Hexed edited by uncredited, listed under the first author, Ilona Andrews. Urban Fantasy, 326 pages. Paperback; anthology of four novellas. 3/5 stars on Goodreads, 4/5 stars on Amazon; going to loan it to friends who like Kate Daniels, then likely give it away.