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New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter presents a stunning collection of stories from the world of shape-shifting vampire hunter Jane Yellowrock and beyond. Collected together for the first time, this volume contains shorter works featuring heroines Jane Yellowrock and Nell Ingram, as well as a host of other characters from the Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood series. F New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter presents a stunning collection of stories from the world of shape-shifting vampire hunter Jane Yellowrock and beyond. Collected together for the first time, this volume contains shorter works featuring heroines Jane Yellowrock and Nell Ingram, as well as a host of other characters from the Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood series. Faith Hunter is “an expert at creating worlds filled with intriguing supernatural elements and exciting scenarios”* and her skills are on full display in this collection. From a vampire-filled Halloween evening in New Orleans to the searing tale of how a certain were-leopard first got his spots, this collection has something for everyone, and each story is sure to put the super in supernatural. With eighteen stories in all, Of Claws and Fangs will enrich and entertain—it’s a must-have for Faith Hunter’s readers and all lovers of fantasy.


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New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter presents a stunning collection of stories from the world of shape-shifting vampire hunter Jane Yellowrock and beyond. Collected together for the first time, this volume contains shorter works featuring heroines Jane Yellowrock and Nell Ingram, as well as a host of other characters from the Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood series. F New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter presents a stunning collection of stories from the world of shape-shifting vampire hunter Jane Yellowrock and beyond. Collected together for the first time, this volume contains shorter works featuring heroines Jane Yellowrock and Nell Ingram, as well as a host of other characters from the Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood series. Faith Hunter is “an expert at creating worlds filled with intriguing supernatural elements and exciting scenarios”* and her skills are on full display in this collection. From a vampire-filled Halloween evening in New Orleans to the searing tale of how a certain were-leopard first got his spots, this collection has something for everyone, and each story is sure to put the super in supernatural. With eighteen stories in all, Of Claws and Fangs will enrich and entertain—it’s a must-have for Faith Hunter’s readers and all lovers of fantasy.

30 review for Of Claws and Fangs

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I've read many of these short stories before, as this anthology is a compilation of all the shorties that she's put out since the release of her first compilation anthology, Blood in Her Veins. But of course, revisiting Jane's world is always a pleasure and it's been a long time for most of these stories, so I'm reading them all again! Yay! ALL of these stories were good, most of them I'd call Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I've read many of these short stories before, as this anthology is a compilation of all the shorties that she's put out since the release of her first compilation anthology, Blood in Her Veins. But of course, revisiting Jane's world is always a pleasure and it's been a long time for most of these stories, so I'm reading them all again! Yay! ALL of these stories were good, most of them I'd call great. --- Story: Candy from a Vampire I love Leo and I love Del, and I liked this glimpse of seeing Leo's growth. I also really loved getting the story of Leo's decision to give Del real responsibility. Plus, I love Halloween! --- Story: Make It Snappy We get another glimpse of Leo in this one, and it has a fantastic twist. I also love seeing some of Leo's history come back to haunt him. --- Story: It's Just a Date Wish we'd had a little more of the date before the stuff happens... or a little more of the date after. But it was cute to see Wrassler and Jodi so nervous. :) --- Story: Life's a Bitch and Then You Die Hard to read, but great history of Wesa and Cat working together for the first time and understanding the origin of the "Beast" moniker. --- Story: Black Friday Shopping I love me some Nell and Occam, but this story just left me wanting more - more explanation, more resolution, more! --- Story: How Occam Got His Name Devastating story. But I sure do adore Occam. --- Story: Shiloh and the Brick Leo always has plans within plans within plans, years ahead. --- Story: Beast Hunts Vampire with Jane It's always fun to be in Beast's thoughts. --- Story: Of Cats and Cars Do you know how much I love Edmund? SO MUCH. And Beast has always wanted to ride in that car... deals and hinjinx ensue, obviously. I really enjoyed getting Edmund's POV - especially his grief over you know who's death - juxtaposed with Beast's. --- Story: Beast Hunts Pie-Bald Deer That was a cute interaction between Beast and Faith Hunter, told from Beast's perspective. --- Story: Jane Tracks Down Miz A What a truly sad tale. :( --- Story: Anzu, Duba, Beast Gee is a very interesting character. Feathers and lightning and Mercy Blade status. Plus, it's really fun to see Jane get to shift into new things. Plus who doesn't love a good zombie were-bear-hyena story? --- Story: Eighteen Sixty Ayatas is so interesting and I loved getting to see some of his backstory... also, Everhart reference!!! --- Story: Wolves Howling in the Night More of Ayatas and Etsi Everhart. A little harder to read, based on the subject matter (potential trigger warning!), but a good story and shows Ayatas' sense of justice and morality. --- Story: Death and the Fashionista My favorite supernaturals to read about are... witches! And I adore the Everharts. Personality-wise, they're fantastic. Power-wise, they're badass. This story is no exception. We get to see a handful of the Everhart Trueblood clan go up against Death, Fear, and demon of dark magic... and it's a BLAST. --- Story: My Dark Knight Witch stuff AND Edmund? Yes please! Angie and Edmund's bond is such good reading. I can't wait to see future books after Jane ends. I need to see Angie grown up! --- Story: Bound into Darkness Eli + Liz 4eva. I love them together!!! Definitely one of my favorites of the anthology. Plus it was way longer :) --- Story: The Ties That Bind Whaaaat? We get a story with the famous Everhart daughters' MOTHER!? Awesome! :) We get to see a little bit more of what's going on in Bound into Darkness, but events that took place elsewhere. I love Faith's witch lore.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anniken Haga

    Considering this is an anthology, I wrote individual reviews for each story, and rated each story. I based my rating for the whole book on those ratings. Generally, I can say that I enjoyed most of the shorts. Well written, and Kristine does an amazing job, as always! Many of the shorts made me want to reread the main series, but considering I did that just last year, and realized that I found the books to be somewhat slow on a reread, I won't do it again. I don't want to destroy the joy I feel Considering this is an anthology, I wrote individual reviews for each story, and rated each story. I based my rating for the whole book on those ratings. Generally, I can say that I enjoyed most of the shorts. Well written, and Kristine does an amazing job, as always! Many of the shorts made me want to reread the main series, but considering I did that just last year, and realized that I found the books to be somewhat slow on a reread, I won't do it again. I don't want to destroy the joy I feel around this world and its characters. CANDY FROM A VAMPIRE It was interesting to read another short from Leo's POV. Especially one that talked about my fave holiday - All Hallows Eve - and how it had changed for Leo over the years. As well as how Leo had changed over the years, and stayed the same. Nothing negative to say at all, really. 5/5 MAKE IT SNAPPY Another story from Leo's POV, and a longer one, at that. This one actually tells a story, and it both answered questions and created new ones. 4/5 IT'S JUST A DATE A fun little snippet of the magical life in New Orleans, as well as us finally getting to see how one of the couples in the later part of the series got together! 4/5 LIFE'S A BITCH AND THEN YOU DIE A story focusing on 1 of the memories Beast keeps hidden from Jane. I love Beast, and really enjoy any story set in her POV. This one also included WeSa, which was interesting. Found myself very entertained and currious about everything in this story, and would be interested in any sequel. 5/5 BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING A short story about Nell early in the Soulwood-series. I really like Nell, and find her side of this world interesting and scary. This story was a heartbreaking one, and did such a good job of showing different types of empathy and pain. I need more Nell books! 5/5 HOW OCCAM GOT HIS NAME Another Soulwood story, but this was about how Occam got turned into a were, and where his name came from. Like the last story, this one was heartbreaking, but in a different way. I have to admit I never wondered about the details of him being bitten, but it was still an interesting story. Nothing negative to say, it just didn't grab me the way the others have. 3/5 SHILHO AND THE BRICK I never much cared for vampires, even in this series, but I do love witches, and Shilho has been an enigma for some time. Seeing a story about her was interesting, but unfortunately nothing more 3/5 BEASTS HUNTS VAMPIRE WITH JANE A fun little short from Beasts POV, as Jane hunts rouge vamps. I think it must have been set pretty early in the series. Fun and sexy 5/5 OF CATS AND CARS I actually read this when it was first released in 2019, and while I don't remember any big details, I remembered I enjoyed it - I do love Beast, after all. Reading this extended version was an experience. It felt a lot more personal, somehow, like I was being invited into an inner circle of these characters, and I greatly enjoyed that 5/5 BEAST HUNTS PIE-BALD DEER Not sure how to rate this one. Random, but fun. Not much of a story, tho. I don't think I'll rate it JANE TRACKS DOWN MIZ A A story about human (vampire) error, love, and hope. It was a little heartbreaking, as someone who's been in Katies shoes - to some extent - but I didn't feel like there was much of a story 4/5 ANZU, DUBA, BEAST I finally got to read this! I've been curious for ages! The story is interesting. It fulfills one of the promises given in the original series, as well as introduce new creatures and vampires to the world. I'm very curious about the Duba an where they came from, originally, or if it was just a fluke of the location. Nothing bad to say, but it didn't quite pull at my feels, so ''just'': 4/5 1860 I never liked Firewind - I don't know why - so this story didn't really do much for me. The only good thing I found was the witch, although she didn't have a lot of page time. It did raise a question about the blood line and such, but that was about it. Well written, and all the technical stuff was also good, just the story that didn't work for me. 2/5 WOLVES HOWLING IN THE NIGHT Another story set from Firewind's POV, but this one was more to my liking, as it actually had an interesting story. It also gave us some more info about the Everheart witch we saw in the previous story, although I'm still left with some questions. 4/5 DEATH AND THE FASHIONISTA Molly! We got a full on witch story, with demons and vamps and everything. And it actually drove a bit of Molly's personal ARC as well, which was nice 5/5 MY DARK KNIGHT Angelina is an OK character, and I recognize she's a child, but I never much cared for her. Edd, on the other hand, I always liked! He's one of the few vampires I enjoy reading about. The story was interesting, but also painful, and something about it felt strangely relevant to the current US political scene 5/5 BOUND INTO DARKNESS I've read this before, and couldn't bring myself to reread, so here's (parts) my original review: There were repetitions and events coming out of thin air, makimg me feel like I'd skipped a page. I had so many problems with this 1, and I'm so sad about that! I like Eli as a character, but this story reduced his whole personality into being a veteran. And it was really slow 2/5 THE TIES THAT BIND My original review fits here as well: This story was everything the other wasn't. Not only was the action intense, but the underlying plot was very interesting! It may also explain why there was so little cancer in the Everheart-sisters. I'm so hyped to learn more about this! 4/5

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    Not sure if I'll be getting this. I've been burned before. Bought a compilation of shorts from the world of Jane Yellowrock with the promise that it was never before released stories. Turned out it contained a couple of new short stories and everything else I had already bought previously. So I need to investigate and make sure it's original material and not just repackaged stuff I already own. Not sure if I'll be getting this. I've been burned before. Bought a compilation of shorts from the world of Jane Yellowrock with the promise that it was never before released stories. Turned out it contained a couple of new short stories and everything else I had already bought previously. So I need to investigate and make sure it's original material and not just repackaged stuff I already own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Urban Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 overall (will break down each story soon) *Thoughts* Candy from a Vampire: This story was first published on the authors blog as a serial for a blog tour for Halloween 2017. This story features Leo Pellissier, a story that lots of readers requested from the author to write. Halloween in the French Quarter without all the notable chaos and bloodshed and a happy ending. Make it Snappy: First published in Urban Enemies, an anthology from Gallery Bo *Source* Publisher *Genre* Urban Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 overall (will break down each story soon) *Thoughts* Candy from a Vampire: This story was first published on the authors blog as a serial for a blog tour for Halloween 2017. This story features Leo Pellissier, a story that lots of readers requested from the author to write. Halloween in the French Quarter without all the notable chaos and bloodshed and a happy ending. Make it Snappy: First published in Urban Enemies, an anthology from Gallery Books in 2017. The story is again from Leo's point of view. The story is set a few years before Jane and Leo meet. I've reviewed this story previously under Urban Enemies. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I love Faith Hunter books, but as they are written in first person POV sometimes you miss things that are going on with the other characters. I like these short stories because they give you a better look at some of my favorites. I had read most of these as they were in other anthologies but some of them were new to me. If you are a fan of the Jane Yellowrock series and want more of the other characters including Beast I would recommend this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    WycEd Reader

    Check out our full post for OF CLAWS AND FANGS on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Erica – ☆☆☆☆☆ OF CLAWS AND FANGS is a short-story compilation from Faith Hunter, featuring stories mostly set in the Jane Yellowrock universe, as well as the sister series, Soulwood. While this is a collection of short stories, I would suggest being current on both series to avoid spoilers, as the stories span the timeframe from predating the debut novel to the most current release. Since I'm not Check out our full post for OF CLAWS AND FANGS on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Erica – ☆☆☆☆☆ OF CLAWS AND FANGS is a short-story compilation from Faith Hunter, featuring stories mostly set in the Jane Yellowrock universe, as well as the sister series, Soulwood. While this is a collection of short stories, I would suggest being current on both series to avoid spoilers, as the stories span the timeframe from predating the debut novel to the most current release. Since I'm not one to hunt down short stories in a massive series, these were all new-to-me, even though they were previously released in newsletters and websites, most of them taken down after a short period of time. Even if you've read some, you may have missed others. The heading of each story explains its origin (where it was posted and how it fits into the overall series). Whether you've had the opportunity to read them or not, I appreciate them all being in one handy location, easily accessed to get a hit of my favorite characters in one of my all-time favorite series. I thoroughly enjoyed picking up the collection, where I immersed myself in the point-of-view of Jane's cohorts, being inside their thoughts for the first time. Each story is of variable length, where if you have five to ten minutes to spare, it's an excellent way to de-stress and relax while being entertained. Of all the stories, OF CATS AND CARS was my favorite. It was also one of the longest stories. Nothing is as enjoyable as Beast, especially a trixsy Beast in love with Edmund. This is set in the timeframe when Jane is ill, where she was in beast-form more often than not, but Jane was deep healing in the background, allowing Beast free-reign. Beast wanted to hunt cows with trees on their heads in a car with no head, and Jane allowed the bargain. Poor Edmund's Maserati. Watching Beast be flirty and manipulative with such a powerful man, a man she sees as her mate, even though Jane sees Edmund as her subordinate. Delightful, adorable, and laugh out loud hilarious, I will be rereading this short many times to come. Leo, Master of the City of New Orleans (along with a good paragraph of other titles) was predominant is many of the stories, sure to please fans. We see things predating Jane, events which were mentioned or glossed over in previous installments. Being inside Leo's head was exciting and refreshing. Other notable mentions were cameos from the Everhart witches, along with Leo, Beast, Edmund, and others. The connection Jane has fostered with her made family and friends is one of the highlights of the series, and these shorts showcase her nearest and dearest, filled with humor, emotion, and action & adventure, set to the backdrop of the Jane Yellowrock universe. While I am sad that the Jane Yellowrock series will be coming to a close with the next novel, I cannot wait to see what other projects Faith Hunter has in store for us. This series is on my reread list, and I'm happy to add OF CLAWS AND FANGS to the collection. Reviewers received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erica Chilson

    I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads OF CLAWS and FANGS is a short-story compilation from Faith Hunter, featuring stories mostly set in the Jane Yellowrock universe, as well as the sister series, Soulwood. While this is a collection of short stories, I would suggest being current on both series to avoid spoilers, as the stories span the timeframe from predating the debut novel to the most current release. Since I'm not one to hunt down short stories in a massi I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads OF CLAWS and FANGS is a short-story compilation from Faith Hunter, featuring stories mostly set in the Jane Yellowrock universe, as well as the sister series, Soulwood. While this is a collection of short stories, I would suggest being current on both series to avoid spoilers, as the stories span the timeframe from predating the debut novel to the most current release. Since I'm not one to hunt down short stories in a massive series, these were all new-to-me, even though they were previously released in newsletters and websites, most of them taken down after a short period of time. Even if you've read some, you may have missed others. The heading of each story explains its origin (where it was posted and how it fits into the overall series) Whether you've had the opportunity to read them or not, I appreciate them all being in one handy location, easily accessed to get a hit of my favorite characters in one of my all-time favorite series. I thoroughly enjoyed picking up the collection, where I immersed myself in the point-of-view of Jane's cohorts, being inside their thoughts for the first time. Each story is of variable length, where if you have five to ten minutes to spare, it's an excellent way to de-stress and relax while being entertained. Of all the stories, Of Cats & Cars was my favorite. It was also one of the longest stories. Nothing is as enjoyable as Beast, especially a trixsy Beast in love with Edmund. This is set in the timeframe when Jane is ill, where she was in beast-form more often than not, but Jane was deep healing in the background, allowing Beast free-reign. Beast wanted to hunt cow with trees on their heads in a car with no head, and Jane allowed the bargain. Poor Edmund's Maserati. Watching Beast be flirty and manipulative with such a powerful man, a man she sees as her mate, even though Jane sees Edmund as her subordinate. Delightful, adorable, and laugh out loud hilarious, I will be rereading this short many times to come. Leo, Master of the City of New Orleans (along with a good paragraph of other titles) was predominant is many of the stories, sure to please fans. We see things predating Jane, events which were mentioned or glossed over in previous installments. Being inside Leo's head was exciting and refreshing. Other notable mentions were cameos from the Everhart witches, along with Leo, Beast, Edmund, and others. The connection Jane has fostered with her made family and friends is one of the highlights of the series, and these shorts showcase her nearest and dearest, filled with humor, emotion, and action/adventure, set to the backdrop of the Jane Yellowrock universe. While I am sad that the Jane Yellowrock series will be coming to a close with the next novel, I cannot wait to see what other projects Faith Hunter has in store for us. This series is on my reread list, and I'm happy to add OF CLAWS AND FANGS to the collection.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Simona

    Actually, 4 and a half. Mrs Hunter is a talented writer and these short stories are fun. I may have to re-read my Jane Yellowrock books..I missed Beast.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    NOTE TO SELF: Per author's 3/8/22 newsletter, "There is almost nothing new and never read by anyone, but it does contain ALL of the Jane Yellowrock world short stories and novellas that I can (contractually) print in 2022." NOTE TO SELF: Per author's 3/8/22 newsletter, "There is almost nothing new and never read by anyone, but it does contain ALL of the Jane Yellowrock world short stories and novellas that I can (contractually) print in 2022."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Louisa

    Loved reading this collection of stories, being in this world at various points! Really enjoyed having all the stories at this point in this anthology and Blood in Her Veins!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    Yes, a million times yes! Fans of Faith Hunter absolutely need to make time on their calendars to read Of Claws and Fangs. This anthology collects over a dozen stories from all over the Jane Yellowrock Universe, and it was such a delight to read. Included in this anthology, readers will find: Candy from a Vampire, Make It Snappy, It's Just a Date, Life's a Bitch and Then You Die, Black Friday Shopping, How Occam Got His Name, Shiloh and the Brick, Beast Hunts Vampire with Jane, Of Cats and Cars Yes, a million times yes! Fans of Faith Hunter absolutely need to make time on their calendars to read Of Claws and Fangs. This anthology collects over a dozen stories from all over the Jane Yellowrock Universe, and it was such a delight to read. Included in this anthology, readers will find: Candy from a Vampire, Make It Snappy, It's Just a Date, Life's a Bitch and Then You Die, Black Friday Shopping, How Occam Got His Name, Shiloh and the Brick, Beast Hunts Vampire with Jane, Of Cats and Cars: A Story of Beast and Cows with Trees on Heads, Beast Hunts Pie-Bald Deer, Jane Tracks Down Miz A, Anzu, Duba, Beast, Eighteen Sixty, Wolves Howling in the Night, Death and Fashionista, My Dark Knight, Bound in Darkness, and The Ties that Bind. See below for individual reviews on each. “Of Claws and Fangs is a fun hodgepodge of stories from many characters within non-linear timelines of the Yellowrock world, and the Soulwood world.” Candy from a Vampire Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ It's a Halloween story from Leo! Essentially, this is a story about Leo and Del trying to work out their well, working relationship. It's nice to see Jane's words having an effect on Leo. “Halloween in the French Quarter of New Orleans had been changed forever when Marilyn Monroe had attempted to turn John Kennedy in the Oval Office and been staked for her trouble.” Make It Snappy Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Okay, this one is going to hit readers hard. It's a Leo-centric story, showing both the best and the worst that this vampire has to offer – hence why it's going to hit hard. Yet it does a fantastic job of reminding readers about just how dimensional this character is. “I shall do more than remember. I shall accomplish your request before the sun, ma cherie. Marcoise will no longer have the power to cause pain.” It's Just a Date Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I love it. Jane, Bruiser, Jodi, Wrassler, Eli, and Sylvia walk into a restaurant – and no, this isn't the beginning of some joke. Though it is the beginning of another witchy adventure, one that Jane has a talent for finding herself in the middle of. It starts off sweet and funny, but quickly turns tense. “Jane Yellowrock, I swear by all I hold holy that I will shoot you if you say another word.” Life's a Bitch and Then You Die Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ If you love Beast, then you're going to have to read this one! It features her perspective heavily, as this story is set during the time that Jane is sick and seeking a way to recover. But that's really only the foundation for this story, as it causes Beast to remember back to the early days of her and Jane. “Would be better to hunt bison with Ed, in Ed car.” Black Friday Shopping Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Nell! I love, love, love that Nell stories made it into the mix! This one is set in a Walmart of all places, as she and Occam try to get to the bottom of some weird curses that keep cropping up. I adored the twist and conclusion – it is very in keeping with this world. “Nell, sugar. You never been in a Walmart?” How Occam Got His Name Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ This is probably one of the harder to read stories in the collection, and not because it's poorly written or anything like it. It's Occam's origin story, of a sort, and it weighs heavy on the hearts. Yet it is brilliantly done, making readers feel for this beloved character. “I think this bobcat would eat us for dinner and still be hongry.” Shiloh and the Brick Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I wish I could rate this story higher than five stars, because it is freaking brilliant. I have always loved the vamp politics (and all other forms of politics) in this series, and I feel like this short captures the nature of it perfectly. More, please! “The Charlotte coven accepted you as a student for six weeks and assured us of your safety. You. Need. Training.” Beast Hunts Vampire with Jane Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Another short story from Beast's point of view. The title says a lot for this one, but it is still a lot of fun to read – with a few surprises along the way, of course. “Nope. This is a false hunt. Like leading predators away from your den to protect your kits. Acting weak.” Of Cats and Cars: A Story of Beast and Cows with Trees on Heads Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I distinctly remember when this short came out – and just how excitedly the fandom had waited for it. It lived up to the expectation then, and it did so again now. Definitely worth the re-read. “There is no way beneath heaven's sun that I will allow...that...cat creature to hunt from my car.” Beast Hunts Pie-Bald Deer Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ The sense of humor in this one is absolutely precious! It's another Beast-centric story, but it is also pretty tongue-in-cheek at times. I love it. “Beast chuffed quietly, thinking of picture of Reader Humans rolling down long hill. Is funny.” Jane Tracks Down Miz A Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Ow. My heart. Readers beware, this one is going to hit you right in the feels – much like it did for Jane, come to think of it. “I was feeling guilty enough to go into a grocery store and buy flowers, which I had never done before, but there was a first time for everything.” Anzu, Duba, Beast Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Ever wanted to read a story of Jane and GeDiMercy (aka the Mercy Blade) going hunting? If so, look no further. This story is everything we could have hoped for, and arguably a little bit more. “Bad place, Beast thought at me. Do not go in.” Eighteen Sixty Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I was not expecting to see a story from Ayatas' perspective in this collection, though I should have! It's more backstory for Ayatas, which is going a long way in explaining his perspective within this world. “Jaguar claws were better for what he had planned this night.” Wolves Howling in the Night Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This is the second Ayatas story in this anthology, and I really loved it. It's set long before Ayatas and Jane are reunited, though there will be a familiar name thrown into the mix. Worth the read. “Son of a witch on a switch.” Death and Fashionista Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Time for Molly to take the lead! This one is all about Molly and her death magics – reminding us just how much of a struggle it was for her to cope with all of that. “But I was paying attention to one thing only – the forest I had killed.” My Dark Knight Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Aww, Angie baby is the sweetest. This story is from her perspective, mostly. Her family is under attack, and the first person she thinks to call if Edmund. Sweet, but with a heavy dose of danger for good measure. “It sings like a wolfie and a bird and the bells in the church.” Bound in Darkness Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This short is set sometime between Shattered Bonds and True Dead, and focuses on Eli and Liz Everhart. This one was included in another anthology recently, but I still loved reading it again. It's one of my favorites. “He'd been there for her while she recuperated, then he'd pulled back.” The Ties that Bind Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Last, but not least, we have The Ties that Bind. An appropriate conclusion to this anthology. This time Bedelia Everhart takes centerstage, and boy does this story have interesting implications for some of the Everhart sisters. I love it. “A frisson of danger climbed up her spine on hooked spider feet.” Thanks to ACE and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own. Read more reviews over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hobart

    This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- WHAT'S OF CLAWS AND FANGS ABOUT? It's a collection of 18 shorter works in the Jane Yellowrock/Soulwood universe—one novella, a couple of very short vignettes, and several short stories. This is the second collection of such works (and I really should get that first one, I'm not sure how I've managed to miss it), and brings in material from a variety of collections and some things published online and brings them all together in one handy vol This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- WHAT'S OF CLAWS AND FANGS ABOUT? It's a collection of 18 shorter works in the Jane Yellowrock/Soulwood universe—one novella, a couple of very short vignettes, and several short stories. This is the second collection of such works (and I really should get that first one, I'm not sure how I've managed to miss it), and brings in material from a variety of collections and some things published online and brings them all together in one handy volume—which is great, most readers are like me and we're not going to be able to get all these various collections, but you put them in a book like this, and we're going to have a good time. I briefly considered giving a sentence or two about each piece, instead, I'm going to focus on just a few: JANE TRACKS DOWN MIZ A This is the sole bit of new material for the book—it's described as a "short-short story." It's a little longer than a vignette, but not quite a short story. It was originally written for someone who won a charity auction, and Hunter re-worked it for this collection. I wasn't sure what to think of it originally, but by the time it was over I wanted it to keep going. BOUND INTO DARKNESS This novella is the longest piece in the book, and as such, seems like it should get a little more attention than the rest. The story centers on Eli and Molly's sister Liz Everheart. Several other characters get involved by the end, but it's primarily about these two and one of the worst dates (that really wasn't a date) in history. There were plenty of good character moments, a few good supernatural baddies, and a lot of Eli doing his thing. The nicest touch, if you ask me, was the short story that followed it in this collection. It ties into the novella, talking about something that happens behind the scenes. It doesn't really alter your understanding of the novella, it just adds a little color. I really liked it—not just because of the added color, but the story was nice, too. I didn't realize I wanted to know more about Lincoln Shaddock, but I was wrong. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS I'm a big Soulwood fan, so I was pleased to run into two stories from that series here. There's a cute story about Nell's early days with PsyLED and Black Friday, which is followed by Occam's origin story. There's a great story where Angie Baby gets to shine. I've been thinking it for a while, but this story ("My Dark Knight") confirms it for me—I need a stand-alone novel featuring her, either at her current age or as a young adult. She's possibly the most interesting character in this series that features several interesting characters. Of course, there's plenty of good material featuring Jane and Beast—it's pretty much a requirement. My one note on "Life's a Bitch and Then You Die" was that it would justify the book's purchase price by itself. Then I read "Of Cats and Cars" (I posted an excerpt from that earlier today), "Anzu, Duba, Beast" and "Shiloh and the Brick"—I think I'd have said the same about any of them. LOWLIGHTS? Really, there weren't any—not many collections like this can say that. For me, the collection started off rough—but I'm going to be in the distinct minority on this. The first vignette and the story that followed focused on Leo Pellissier, and he's really never been my cup of tea. I can enjoy him as an antagonist to Jane, and even a benefactor, but that's it—as a secondary character, basically. But even then, I thought the story, "Make it Snappy," ended well, with a nice reveal at the end. SO, WHAT DID I THINK ABOUT OF CLAWS AND FANGS? I had more fun with this than I expected. I expected to have a good time with it, don't get me wrong, but with short story collections, I try to go in with low expectations (and usually have those met). Like I said above, there's not a bad one in the batch—sure, there were a few I could've liked more, but none of the stories were disappointing or dull. For readers of Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood, this is a must. You'll enjoy the time with your favorites, get a new perspective on a handful of them, and will be exposed to a variety of adventures that wouldn't fit into a novel. There's nothing to complain about here, and plenty to enjoy—go get your paws on Of Claws and Fangs. My thanks to Let's Talk! Promotions for the invitation to participate in this tour and the materials (including the book via NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group) they provided.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    I really liked this one, despite all of the stories having been published before, I seemed to miss quite a few of them, so it was nice to get to see them. Often these shorts are with secondary characters a great way to see them in a different light. I loved the Halloween one with Leo. I also liked that some of them were just random scenes showing the characters living their lives, like the crazy triple date. And the one with Angie baby, realizing she was not going to be able to marry her prince. I really liked this one, despite all of the stories having been published before, I seemed to miss quite a few of them, so it was nice to get to see them. Often these shorts are with secondary characters a great way to see them in a different light. I loved the Halloween one with Leo. I also liked that some of them were just random scenes showing the characters living their lives, like the crazy triple date. And the one with Angie baby, realizing she was not going to be able to marry her prince. That girl is much too smart for her own good and will be a force to be reckoned with as she grows older. It's good thing she has good adults around her to keep her grounded.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bambi Unbridled

    I'm not usually a fan of short stories, but this compilation was great. I loved spending more time with Beast. And I really enjoyed the stories with Edmund and Angie Baby. This compilation was a great precursor to True Dead. I'm not usually a fan of short stories, but this compilation was great. I loved spending more time with Beast. And I really enjoyed the stories with Edmund and Angie Baby. This compilation was a great precursor to True Dead.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alisha Carderella

    3.25 🌟 If you’re a fan of Faith Hunter you will love this compilation. It’s also great for new readers as as you’ll get a glimpse into Hunter’s characters (especially Leo and also the Everhart witches), and will definitely find yourself wanting to read more from her series! While nothing here is new, it is still an enjoyable read and great to have these stories in one place, and be able to dive deeper into some of the characters readers have come to love! *Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group- A 3.25 🌟 If you’re a fan of Faith Hunter you will love this compilation. It’s also great for new readers as as you’ll get a glimpse into Hunter’s characters (especially Leo and also the Everhart witches), and will definitely find yourself wanting to read more from her series! While nothing here is new, it is still an enjoyable read and great to have these stories in one place, and be able to dive deeper into some of the characters readers have come to love! *Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group- Ace, and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tori

    Of Claws and Fangs is the perfect anthology for new readers and longtime fans alike. Hunter's skills as an author are on full display as she curates a feast that offers tantilizing bites and sips of life with the people from multiple series-Soulwood and Jane Yellowrock- whose lives intertwine with our heroine, Jane Yellowrock. Eighteen short but robust stories in all makes this well worth the purchase. Of Claws and Fangs is the perfect anthology for new readers and longtime fans alike. Hunter's skills as an author are on full display as she curates a feast that offers tantilizing bites and sips of life with the people from multiple series-Soulwood and Jane Yellowrock- whose lives intertwine with our heroine, Jane Yellowrock. Eighteen short but robust stories in all makes this well worth the purchase.

  17. 4 out of 5

    BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    Desperately looking for some of the short stories Ms. Hunter wrote in the Jane Yellowrock series but cannot find them? Well look no more! This collection features a consolidation of stories posted and published in all different places. There are a few stories that cross over into the Soulwood series too. I believe there is only 1 story in here that was never published and written for just 1 fan as a prize. For me, I learned that there were more than a few I never came across so I delighted in re Desperately looking for some of the short stories Ms. Hunter wrote in the Jane Yellowrock series but cannot find them? Well look no more! This collection features a consolidation of stories posted and published in all different places. There are a few stories that cross over into the Soulwood series too. I believe there is only 1 story in here that was never published and written for just 1 fan as a prize. For me, I learned that there were more than a few I never came across so I delighted in reading this collection. To read the rest of my review, click on the image below to see it on my website.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Non-linear hodgepodge of short stories, novelettes and bits & pieces from both the Yellowrock and Soulwood worlds. Collected freebies, PR, newsletter, hard-to-find or no-longer published stories. 1) Candy from a Vampire. Jane Yellowrock 11.75. Halloween 2017 blog vignette. Leo’s POV. After handing out candy at the annual French Quarter Halloween street party, Leo realizes he needs to take Jane’s advice and treat people better. 2) Make it Snappy. Urban Enemies anthology 2017. Leo’s POV before he m Non-linear hodgepodge of short stories, novelettes and bits & pieces from both the Yellowrock and Soulwood worlds. Collected freebies, PR, newsletter, hard-to-find or no-longer published stories. 1) Candy from a Vampire. Jane Yellowrock 11.75. Halloween 2017 blog vignette. Leo’s POV. After handing out candy at the annual French Quarter Halloween street party, Leo realizes he needs to take Jane’s advice and treat people better. 2) Make it Snappy. Urban Enemies anthology 2017. Leo’s POV before he meets Jane. When doing a favor for a blood donor turns out to be a trap, Leo partners up with Derek Lee to prevent the assassination being led by an old rival mage. 3) It’s Just a Date. Jane Yellowrock 9.3. Matchmaker Jane arranges a triple date so she can bring Jodi and Wrassler together which is derailed by a magic attack. (Of course). 4) Life’s a Bitch and Then You Die. Serial short online 2017. Before ‘Of Cats and Cars’. Jane is very sick and has retreated into Beast. Beast & Wesa’s POV. Jane, as Beast is hunting deer with Brute, the werewolf, when she relives a memory of Beast being captured by white men. 5) Black Friday Shopping. Soulwood story. 2017 gift to fans. When Nell joins PsyLED. Nell and Occam shop at Walmart on Black Friday looking for the source of a possible curse. Very heartwarming. 6) How Occam Got His Name. Soulwood story. Blog tour serial short 2018. Occam’s POV about his origins. Two young idiots out in the Texas woods discover leopard tracks and ignore them. One dies and other becomes Occam, devil cat. 7) Shiloh and the Brick. Jane Yellowrock 7.6. 2016 serial short during ‘Blood In her veins’ release. Jane is an enforcer for Leo. Shiloh, Molly’s niece, a new witch-vamp. When she loses control, Leo orders her to report to Witch training school. Really cool story. 8) Beast Hunts Vampire with Jane. A rewritten 2011 Christmas serial short-short. From Beast’s POV we see Jane act like prey to hunt a vampire. 9) Of Cats and Cars: a Story of Beast and Cows with Trees on Heads. Written in 2019 as a blog event from both Edmund and Beast’s POV. Fits nowhere in timeline, but may come after Leo’s Sangre Duello and after the above short #4. Beast/Jane wants Edmund to use his Maserati so she can hunt cows. But he makes a counteroffer to hunt at a ranch in Texas using a Hummer convertible. Beast has a wonderful time as the Alpha hunter. 10) Beast Hunts Pie-bald Deer. Published 2019 on Beast’s fan page. Beast’s POV talking to Reader Humans of hunting deer near Writers house. Writer not happy. 11) Jane Tracks Down Miz A. Short-short for winner of charity auction. Timeline uncertain. Jane’s POV. When a blood servant get’s old and injured, Jane must hunt her down and deal the with the problem. Short stories and novelettes from older anthologies. 1) Anzu, Duba, Beast. Published in WERE anthology from ‘Zombies need Brains’ 2016. Sometime before Jane became Dark Queen. Gee has requested that Jane hunt with him and Leo has okayed it. Jane had had other plans, but using a new shape changer form, she ends helping a Mithran tribal woman against a dangerous, supernatural cryptid. 2) Eighteen Sixty. A Ayatas FireWind prequel. Published in 2015 Weird Wild West anthology. Takes place in 1860 in Ayatas’s, a jaguar shifter, POV. He’s following a group of cowboys herding cattle and destroying the land. Interesting take from the Cherokee’s POV. 3) Wolves Howling at Night. Story of Ayatas Firewind. Published in 2017 ‘Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier anthology. Time: 1879. Ayatas and his partner Etsi, a white reporter and witch, arrive at a western town to discover that a rancher has sold his rich wife to a saloon and stolen her money. So Ayatas and Etsi decide to fix the situation. Good insight on how women, natives and people of color were treated back then. 4) Death and the Fashionista. Published 2017 in ‘The Death of All Things’ anthology. In Jane’s friend Molly’s POV right after she found her death magics. She unexpectedly has two visitors at her home with a bargain and a warning: Sam, ‘Death of Magic’ and Sally, ‘Death of Fear’. 5) My Dark Knight. Published in ‘Temorally Deactivated’ anthology from ‘Zombies need Brains’ 2017. From Angie’s POV right after she starts calling Jane “Ant’ Jane. When the Everhart-Trueblood home is attacked by paranormal hunters, Angie creates a magic hedge but it tangles with the father and mother’s creating a dangerous mess, so Angie calls her Dark Knight Edmund to rescue them. 6) Bound into Darkness. Jane Yellowrock 13.5. Published in ‘Dirty Deeds’ anthology 2021. Liz Everhart and Eli Younger’s POV. On a search for a lost dog in the Appalachian mountains, Liz and Eli stumble onto a 2000-year-old fire demon ritualistically sealed in a cave above a ley line. After accidentally releasing it, they have to use all their resources to survive. 7) The Ties That Bind. Published 2021 in ‘Dirty Deeds’ anthology. This ties to and takes place during the end of the previous story. Tells about Bedelia and Linc taking care of Shania Mayhew who was the instigator of the plot against Liz.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    With the final book in the Jane Yellowrock series out this year, readers will want to have this anthology to complete the whole works. It also contains stories from the Soulwood series as well and it is handy to have these stories all now available in one place. Some of the tales are about other characters from each of Jane Yellowrock and the crossover Soulwood world while others focus on Jane or Nell, all but one has been previously released. Not surprisingly everyone’s favorite vampire Leo Pel With the final book in the Jane Yellowrock series out this year, readers will want to have this anthology to complete the whole works. It also contains stories from the Soulwood series as well and it is handy to have these stories all now available in one place. Some of the tales are about other characters from each of Jane Yellowrock and the crossover Soulwood world while others focus on Jane or Nell, all but one has been previously released. Not surprisingly everyone’s favorite vampire Leo Pellissier is featured more than once. While it will be hard to see the end of the series, we can hope for more stories of the ancillary characters from Jane Yellowrock will appear in the future where we might just catch a glimpse of our favorite Skinwalker. Candy From a Vampire A Halloween story with Leo, Del and the development of their working relationship. Make It Snappy Another Leo story pre-Jane where he has to confront and defeat a very serious enemy, El Mago, who has a strong connection to him, almost ending up true-dead himself. Derek Lee and his squad make an early appearance. It’s Just a Date Jane, Bruiser, Jodi and Wrassler, Eli, and Slyvia on a triple date to a restaurant where some witchy badness happens. Life’s a Bitch and Then You Die This story takes place during the time Jane is sick and living in North Carolina. She accesses some of Beast’s memories of their past together when she was Wesa as well as how Beast got her name. Black Friday Shopping A Soulwood story around the time that Nell has first joined PsyLED as a probie. Nell and Occam are sent to check out a Walmart where someone is throwing curses and causing havoc among the aisles with falling Christmas trees and exploding batteries amid the chaos of Black Friday. How Occam Got His Name Readers know Occam’s backstory of being stuck in a cage for twenty years. This is the difficult story of those early years and how he became a werecat as well as his name’s origin. Shiloh and the Brick Jane the Enforcer telling Shiloh how it’s going to be because of her out of control vampire witch teenage angst. Leo doing what he does best. Beast Hunts Vampire with Jane This story is Beast and Jane on the hunt with Jane in human form told from Beast’s point of view. Of Cats and Cars Beast finally gets her fondest wish going hunting in Edmund car morphs into a Hummer in Texas. Edmund and Beast’s point of view and the wild ride. Who can resist a big cat purring like a kitten? Edmund’s still dealing with his grief over Leo’s defeat. This one is a longer story in the anthology. Beast Hunts Pie-Bald Deer Beast and Faith Hunter interacting in this cute shorty. Jane Tracks Down Miz A – A Short Short Story The first time this story has been published. It may bring a tear to your eye. Anzu, Duba, Beast Jane and Gee DiMercy go a’huntin with shifting to new forms for Jane. Hint: think Big Bird Eighteen Sixty-A Prequel from Ayatas FireWind Jane’s brother gets his say: interesting parts of Ayatas’s backstory. Wolves Howling in the Night-A Story of Ayatas FireWind This story of Ayatas is set in 1879. An Everhart connection, his “fire woman,” their story has some grim abuses in it. Death and the Fashionista- This story takes place after Molly found her death magics and Death comes a’callin. My Dark Knight An Angie baby and her protector, Edmund, to the rescue after the family is attacked story. Bound Into Darkness Set between Jane 13 and 14 Eli Younger and Liz Everhart go on quite the adventure. This is one of the longest stories. Ties That Bind Bedelia, the Everhart matriarch is the focus of this last one in the anthology.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I was very excited to have this anthology of the "rest" of the short stories and novellas which are not in Blood In Her Veins.  I love the previous anthology but I wasn't sure how much I would like Of Claws and Fangs.  I knew some of the stories were from special anthologies like Dirty Deeds.  Others were from serials on blog tou This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I was very excited to have this anthology of the "rest" of the short stories and novellas which are not in Blood In Her Veins.  I love the previous anthology but I wasn't sure how much I would like Of Claws and Fangs.  I knew some of the stories were from special anthologies like Dirty Deeds.  Others were from serials on blog tours or in newsletters.  I do know some were edited and updated.    I am here to tell you these were fantastic! One thing I really enjoyed was the few sentences at the start of each story giving the setting and timeframe, and where it was previously available.  It helped me get right into the story and settle into them easily.  I know I would not read these if I was not a fan who had read already read the series.  There is so much background and history one wouldn't know without being a series reader.  Still, the stories are very well-written.  They also develop some characters further from the existing series books. There are a few stories with Beast's point of view, and we learn more things about her Jane doesn't even know.  We get a couple stories with Leo's thoughts as the main character.  We have the blind date between Wrassler and Jodi.  There is a story with Nell and PsyLED, and one with just Occam.  Jane appears in a  couple stories as a main character to further develop side characters, but mostly only as a supporting character.  Edmund is the main character view in two stories, one with Beast and one with the Everharts. There are two historical tales of Ayatas Firewind.  Finally, there are multiple stories about the Everharts and witches including Molly, Evan, Angie, EJ, Shiloh, Liz and Cia.  One story includes their mother and grandmother.  In two Everhart stories, we also get more information about Lincoln Shaddock and some of his point of view. Of Claws and Fangs is excellent and a real gift for fans.  I love the stories and further details about so many characters and their histories. Overall, there is very little of Jane and Nell with most of the focus on other wonderful characters.  I can't recommend this one highly enough.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barb Lie

    Of Claws and Fangs by Faith Hunter is a collection of her shorter books (Jane Yellowrock/Soulwood), some which were on her site. I am a big fan of all of Faith Hunter’s books, and I looked forward to reading these stories that I may have missed from her site, or I did not remember. Happy to say I loved reading these stories. Of Claws and Fangs is a wonderful Faith Hunter anthology, especially for long time fans, bringing back many memories of those stories we read before, as well as some other st Of Claws and Fangs by Faith Hunter is a collection of her shorter books (Jane Yellowrock/Soulwood), some which were on her site. I am a big fan of all of Faith Hunter’s books, and I looked forward to reading these stories that I may have missed from her site, or I did not remember. Happy to say I loved reading these stories. Of Claws and Fangs is a wonderful Faith Hunter anthology, especially for long time fans, bringing back many memories of those stories we read before, as well as some other stories I never read (which may have been on her blog). There are 18 short stories (one was fairly bigger) from her series, such as the awesome Jane Yellowrock series, and a few from her Soulwood series. Besides spending time with Jane, we got looks at many of our favorites; Nell, Eli and Alex, Edmund, Leo, Bruiser, Brute, Molly and Angie, and the Everhearts, just to name a few. If you are a fan of Faith Hunter, you need to read Of Claws and Fangs, as it was a terrific and entertaining to read. Below is a table of contents of the stories listed. Candy From a Vampire Make It Snappy It’s Just a Date Life’s a Bitch and Then You Die Black Friday Shopping How Occam Got His Name Shiloh and the Brick Beast Hunts Vampire with Jane Of Cats and Cars Beast Hunts Pie-bald Jane Tracks Down Miz (never published) From Anthos: Anzu, Duba, Beast Eighteen Sixty Wolves Howling in the Nights Death and the Fashionista My Dark Knight Bound Into Darkness The Ties That Bind Barb The Reading Cafe

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Rittschof

    One of the things I like best about a collection of short stories is how diverse and insightful the stories can be. With Faith Hunter’s collection, you get a lot of extra insight into secondary characters and even if you don’t know all the characters that well, they are still engaging. I did find it helpful that I was familiar with her work already, especially the Jane Yellowrock series. Many of the characters were already known to me and I found it especially intriguing to get the inner thought One of the things I like best about a collection of short stories is how diverse and insightful the stories can be. With Faith Hunter’s collection, you get a lot of extra insight into secondary characters and even if you don’t know all the characters that well, they are still engaging. I did find it helpful that I was familiar with her work already, especially the Jane Yellowrock series. Many of the characters were already known to me and I found it especially intriguing to get the inner thoughts of some of the multitude of characters from her worlds.  One of the skills Faith Hunter brings to the table is that her characters and her stories resonate and engage you quickly, even more so with these short stories. They are full of interesting dynamics, compelling characters, and humor, all in just the right doses. Each story has a quick pace and heart that will keep you interested whether you know the characters or the world.  While these stories in particular are most going to be enjoyed by fans of Faith Hunter’s writing and those familiar with her series, if you want a way to introduce yourself to her worlds and her characters this is a wonderful way to check them out. You get short stories with heart, that are diverse and insightful, and full of resonance. If you love Faith Hunter’s other work, you may find this a must read as it does give greater depth to her world and her characters.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Becky Baldridge

    Of Claws and Fangs has a little something for pretty much every urban fantasy fan. Eighteen short stories of various Faith Hunter characters and many of them answer questions posed by fans of her series. Now is when I admit that this collection was my introduction to this author. I know, I know, I'm not sure how I've missed her, but now that I've met a few of her characters, I'll have to do some catching up. As a newbie to Hunter's work, I wasn't sure how reading this collection would go, especi Of Claws and Fangs has a little something for pretty much every urban fantasy fan. Eighteen short stories of various Faith Hunter characters and many of them answer questions posed by fans of her series. Now is when I admit that this collection was my introduction to this author. I know, I know, I'm not sure how I've missed her, but now that I've met a few of her characters, I'll have to do some catching up. As a newbie to Hunter's work, I wasn't sure how reading this collection would go, especially with so many beloved characters starring in these stories, and what I found was a bit of a combination. What I mean by that is I got a good representation of the author's writing style, which I liked, and I now have an idea of her characters and the worlds they inhabit. I liked every story, some more than others, but they're all good. That said, I do have some questions that I feel like a regular reader of Faith Hunter's books wouldn't have. Even with that in mind, I'd still recommend this book. The stories are fast-paced and entertaining, and they left me wanting more of these intriguing characters. And I can't forget to mention that cover. It's fabulous! It caught my eye, so even before I knew anything about what was inside, I wanted to know more.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kris Sellgren

    I loved this collection of urban fantasy short stories, mostly set in Jane Yellowrock’s world with one or two stories from the Soulwood series. (Yes, I know their worlds overlap, but the characters generally do not). My favorite was the story about Beast finally getting to hunt cows from Edward’s car! She is especially intrigued by cows with “trees” (horns) on their head. Her negotiation with Edward over the hunting trip is awesome. The other story that stood out was the novella about Eli and on I loved this collection of urban fantasy short stories, mostly set in Jane Yellowrock’s world with one or two stories from the Soulwood series. (Yes, I know their worlds overlap, but the characters generally do not). My favorite was the story about Beast finally getting to hunt cows from Edward’s car! She is especially intrigued by cows with “trees” (horns) on their head. Her negotiation with Edward over the hunting trip is awesome. The other story that stood out was the novella about Eli and one of Molly’s sisters looking for a lost dog, which goes from fun adventure story to grim struggle against impossible odds All sorts of interesting people show up as allies. I also enjoyed the tale of Jane and Gee hunting murderous were creatures—as Anzu! The collection has a great mix of light-hearted and serious stories. Most of the stories are from the viewpoint of someone other than Jane or Nell—such as Leo, Katie, Angie, Edward, Jane’s brother Ayatas, and (best of all) Beast. I wish there had been a story about Rick now that he is more at ease with his being were. I think I enjoyed this collection more than I have enjoyed an individual novel for a long time. Please keep writing short stories, Faith!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Magen

    I love short story collections, especially when they're branched off from a main series, like with 'Of Claws and Fangs'. I've always enjoyed the world of Jane Yellowrock and the background characters (sometimes more than Jane herself) so this was a great opportunity to read or reread some of Faith Hunter's shorts. There's nothing really new here if you've kept up with Faith Hunter's website/blog but if you're like me and it's been a while since you've read them, this is a nice refresher. I loved I love short story collections, especially when they're branched off from a main series, like with 'Of Claws and Fangs'. I've always enjoyed the world of Jane Yellowrock and the background characters (sometimes more than Jane herself) so this was a great opportunity to read or reread some of Faith Hunter's shorts. There's nothing really new here if you've kept up with Faith Hunter's website/blog but if you're like me and it's been a while since you've read them, this is a nice refresher. I loved the Leo POV's and the Soulwood stories the most but it's always fun to get a small look at Jane and company outside of the main arc. Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Magen

    I love short story collections, especially when they're branched off from a main series, like with 'Of Claws and Fangs'. I've always enjoyed the world of Jane Yellowrock and the background characters (sometimes more than Jane herself) so this was a great opportunity to read or reread some of Faith Hunter's shorts. There's nothing really new here if you've kept up with Faith Hunter's website/blog but if you're like me and it's been a while since you've read them, this is a nice refresher. I loved I love short story collections, especially when they're branched off from a main series, like with 'Of Claws and Fangs'. I've always enjoyed the world of Jane Yellowrock and the background characters (sometimes more than Jane herself) so this was a great opportunity to read or reread some of Faith Hunter's shorts. There's nothing really new here if you've kept up with Faith Hunter's website/blog but if you're like me and it's been a while since you've read them, this is a nice refresher. I loved the Leo POV's and the Soulwood stories the most but it's always fun to get a small look at Jane and company outside of the main arc. Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne Rhoads

    A few stories in this collection I have read online or in other collections but there were still some I had not read yet. I absolutely love this world and I'm so sad the final Jane Yellowrock book is coming out this year. I'm glad the world continues with the Soulwood novels. I'm hoping for another spinoff series featuring The Everhart witches. This book features several short stories about the witches and they reveal some shocking subplots that could seriously be fleshed out for a new series. S A few stories in this collection I have read online or in other collections but there were still some I had not read yet. I absolutely love this world and I'm so sad the final Jane Yellowrock book is coming out this year. I'm glad the world continues with the Soulwood novels. I'm hoping for another spinoff series featuring The Everhart witches. This book features several short stories about the witches and they reveal some shocking subplots that could seriously be fleshed out for a new series. So much tea is spilled in these stories, I really hope the author follows up because I am dying to know more about these Everhart reveals. This book is a must-read for those who love the Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood novels. Thanks to Netgalley for the review copy.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beth (what.beth.reads)

    Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group - Ace and Netgalley for the advanced reading copy of this book. Review below contains my own thoughts and opinions. Faith Hunter is a new to me author - and I am sad to not have found her sooner. Of Claws and Fangs was an excellent introduction into her work, as a compilation of 18 short stories in her Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood world. As soon as I finished the first story, I immediately went to my library’s app to reserve one of Hunter’s books so that I co Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group - Ace and Netgalley for the advanced reading copy of this book. Review below contains my own thoughts and opinions. Faith Hunter is a new to me author - and I am sad to not have found her sooner. Of Claws and Fangs was an excellent introduction into her work, as a compilation of 18 short stories in her Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood world. As soon as I finished the first story, I immediately went to my library’s app to reserve one of Hunter’s books so that I could immerse myself more deeply into this fantasy universe. Her writing is engrossing, and I thoroughly enjoyed this collection. It’s such a treat for new and longtime fans of Hunter’s work to have all of these stories in one book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    Absolutely addictive. Once I started reading, I was so caught up, I kept on, and on. Each story was so good. Then the next one was better. I was totally flooded by the revelation about the Everhearts, and Lincoln Shaddock. The short stories were fun. I loved the Hunt for cows with trees on their heads. It was so great to see them all work together to give Beast her wish. Finally, I have to give big props to Faith, for The story of the blood oath between Edward, and Baby Angie Everheart. The conne Absolutely addictive. Once I started reading, I was so caught up, I kept on, and on. Each story was so good. Then the next one was better. I was totally flooded by the revelation about the Everhearts, and Lincoln Shaddock. The short stories were fun. I loved the Hunt for cows with trees on their heads. It was so great to see them all work together to give Beast her wish. Finally, I have to give big props to Faith, for The story of the blood oath between Edward, and Baby Angie Everheart. The connection is so strong, and powerful, and this child will rule them all when she's an adult. Her growing levels of magic have them all taking careful steps in how she is trained. I loved this one. It had me a little emotional at parts.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    (3.5 Stars) If you are in the mood for some novellas regarding various characters in the Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood series,”Of Claws and Fangs “ is the book for you. This collection of short stories features many of my favorite characters like Angie baby, EJ, and the Everhart sisters. There are only two stories from the Soulwood series and I truly wished there had been more. I enjoyed the stories but honestly, as much as I like Beast there were too many stories featuring her. This book would hav (3.5 Stars) If you are in the mood for some novellas regarding various characters in the Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood series,”Of Claws and Fangs “ is the book for you. This collection of short stories features many of my favorite characters like Angie baby, EJ, and the Everhart sisters. There are only two stories from the Soulwood series and I truly wished there had been more. I enjoyed the stories but honestly, as much as I like Beast there were too many stories featuring her. This book would have been amazing if it had a greater variety of characters and definitely more Soulwood storylines. Hopefully there will be new installments in both series being released shortly.

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