Review – Heroic Hearts edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes

Posted May 2, 2022 by Carole in Reviews / 16 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – Heroic Hearts edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. HughesHeroic Hearts by Jim Butcher, Kerrie L. Hughes
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on May 3, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
Pages: 367
Format: ARC
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five-stars

An all-star urban fantasy collection featuring short stories from #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, and more . . .

In this short story collection of courage, adventure, and magic, heroes—ordinary people who do the right thing—bravely step forward.

But running toward danger might cost them everything. . . .

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s “Little Things,” the pixie Toot-Toot discovers an invader unbeknownst to the wizard Harry Dresden . . . and in order to defeat it, he’ll have to team up with the dread cat Mister.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs’s “Dating Terrors,” the werewolf Asil finds an online date might just turn into something more—if she can escape the dark magic binding her.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’s “The Return of the Mage,” the Britlingen mercenaries will discover more than they’ve bargained for when they answer the call of a distress beacon on a strange and remote world.

And in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s “Comfort Zone,” the necromancer Chloe Saunders and the werewolf Derek Souza are just trying to get through college. But they can’t refuse a ghost pleading for help.

ALSO INCLUDES STORIES BY Annie Bellet * Anne Bishop * Jennifer Brozek * Kevin Hearne * Nancy Holder * Kerrie L. Hughes * Chloe Neill * R.R. Virdi

What a great anthology! When I pick up an anthology, I always expect that I will find a story or two that just doesn’t work all that well for me. It is almost an unwritten rule but this collection broke that rule because I liked every single story. Yes, every single one! I did like some stories more than others but there wasn’t any part of this book that I didn’t enjoy reading which was a real treat.

This collection features stories from some of my favorite series written by some of my favorite authors. I loved the story featuring Asil from Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson world. It was a fun surprise to find a story from Oberon’s point of view written by Kevin Hearne. We also got a short story from the world of The Others by Anne Bishop. I was thrilled to get a little bit of The Dresden Files with a story from Toot Toot’s point of view. The stories by Kelley Armstrong and Chloe Neill were also a real treat.

I liked the variety in the collection. There was a little bit of everything from the genre of urban fantasy in this group of stories. I have read quite a few books written by the authors featured in this anthology. While some of the stories were a part of a long-running series, everything in this collection would work as a stand-alone so it is a great way to sample the writing of this group of authors.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. I found this to be a very impressive collection of stories and had a hard time putting the book down because I was having such a good time with it. Urban Fantasy fans will not want to miss this anthology.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.

About Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and the Cinder Spires novels. He lives in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

About Kerrie L. Hughes

Kerrie L. Hughes is a paranormal girl in a way too normal world. She’s primarily known as an anthologist and short story writer but recently ventured into novels. Cauldron: Tales from the Great Lakes Grimoire is her first series, featuring witches, wizards, shifters, dragons, ghosts, and the Fae.

16 responses to “Review – Heroic Hearts edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes

  1. It’s always nice to find a collection where you like all the books. I’ve found new authors to read from reading anthologies.

  2. what a great way to widen my fantasy experience and meet some authors that I have really been wanting to read. Thanks Carole

  3. I’ve got this one to review still so I only snuck a peek at your rating. I’ll have to come back after for your review. So glad to see how much you loved it.

    • I am really curious which story didn’t work for you. I liked some more than others but I did like them all. It was really a great collection.