Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Release Date: September 15th 2015
Genres: Anthology, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal
Two brand new tales anchor this wide-ranging collection from one of urban fantasy's most successful authors. Here is the first time that best-selling fantasy, YA, and crime author Kelley Armstrong has had her stories collected from Otherworld and beyond. With her signature twists and turns, Armstrong gives a fresh spin on city-dwelling vampires, werewolves, and zombies, while also traveling further afield, to a post-apocalyptic fortress, a superstitious village, a supernatural brothel, and even to feudal Japan.
With tales that range from humorous to heart-stopping, these are the stories that showcase Kelley Armstrong at her versatile best.
I’m always a little hesitant when it comes to anthologies, as my experience with them can be varied. Still, when the opportunity to review LED ASTRAY came along, I couldn’t pass it up. I’ve fallen in love with some of Armstrong’s past novels, like her Darkest Powers series and was anxious to read more of her writing.
Usually, my main issue with anthologies is that the story can feel incomplete due to the length or the characters aren’t developed enough. I had no such problems with the majority of the stories in LED ASTRAY; each of them were entertaining, and some I now can even call favorites. Also, ironically, my favorites were sometimes the shortest ones.
There are so many different genres mixed into this anthology: fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, and even a little horror was thrown in. There are some stories more geared towards adults and some to YA, but they are all enjoyable and will appeal to multiple audiences.
Some stories from her Darkest Powers, Age of Legends, Cainsville, and Otherworld universes, plus some standalones. They all read as companions, which was incredibly helpful as I have not yet read some of her adult series. You can jump right into the narrative without confusion. Some of my favorites like Rakshashi, The Door, and Harbinger were standalones, and they stood strong enough alone and still felt like a complete story.
Armstrong’s writing pulls you in and keeps your interest. All the stories were well thought out and imaginative, and the conclusions to some will definitely not be what you expected! There are some pretty creepy ones in here as well. They might not keep you up at night, but they definitely can give you a chill and raise the hair on the back of your neck.
I would definitely recommend this to Kelley Armstrong fans, and fans of related genres.