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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. . . 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


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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. . . 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

30 review for Heroic Hearts

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    This is the way an anthology should be done. I was surprised at how much I liked it. Maybe it's because I'm familiar with half of the series in this book. LITTLE THINGS by Jim Butcher Toot-Toot is a sprite that protects Harry in the way he can. Toot-Toot also loves that Harry can provide him with his favorite food: Pizza. So Little things have Major General Toot-Toot Minimus defend Harry, his friends, and pizza from evil gremlins. Glad I didn't have to wait to read this one. James Marsters does the This is the way an anthology should be done. I was surprised at how much I liked it. Maybe it's because I'm familiar with half of the series in this book. LITTLE THINGS by Jim Butcher Toot-Toot is a sprite that protects Harry in the way he can. Toot-Toot also loves that Harry can provide him with his favorite food: Pizza. So Little things have Major General Toot-Toot Minimus defend Harry, his friends, and pizza from evil gremlins. Glad I didn't have to wait to read this one. James Marsters does the perfect voices in the Dresden world. I couldn't listen to a book without his voice. I also love Toot-Toot and his attempts to gain the love of Lacuna. THE DARK SHIP by Anne Bishop The Others is at the top of my favorite fantasy series. The Dark Ship just made me want to be in this world again. Vedetta "Dett" is the protagonist of this short story. She has "feelings" about boats. She saves a pony and knows that she will be punished by the evil man who rules Pyetra, Captain Starr. What she wasn't counting on was the Black Ship and Corvo Sanguinati. Loved it! I just wished that it was a full novel. I can get behind these new Others characters. COMFORT ZONE by Kelley Armstrong Chloe Saunders is a necromancer who is contacted by a ghost named Justin who asked for help saving his sister from the people who killed him. She and her boyfriend Derek Souza will decide to help find the 13-year-old girl and save her. I read The Darkest Powers series so many years ago. I almost didn't remember who Chloe was. I remembered that I did like her and at that time she was not with Derek yet. I do remember loving Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series. Elena and Clay were my favorite couple. TRAIN TO LAST HOPE by Annie Bellet Raina comes looking for Cassidy and asks her to follow her. She believes she has found the trail to find their missing daughter, Mairi. I'm not familiar with this series but the horse "Nightmare" intrigued me. FIRE HAZARD by Kevin Hearne I haven't read this series in a while. I do remember loving Oberon and I see now that Atticus, the druid has another dog, Starbuck. This short story is told from Oberon's POV. By the end of it, Oberon will know that courage and sausages are not the same. GRAVE GAMBLES by R.R. Virdi Vincent Graves can move his soul into a recently departed corpse and bring it back to life. He has a time limit where he needs to find the monster who killed the body he is inhabiting and dispose of him. I can see myself reading more about this character. SILVERSPELLby Chloe Neill I used to love Merrit and Ethan until something happened that made me stop reading the Chicagoland Vampire series. Now, I see this is a new series, a spin-off where Elisa Sullivan and her boyfriend Connor are the main characters. After, reading this short story, I'm tempted to give Merrit and Ethan another try. TROLL LIFE by Kerrie L. Hughes I loved this one. The Troll, Harzl Hellirverja was nice, he had a dog, Snori, and communicated with the trains. I will look into this series further. THE RETURN OF THE MAGE by Charlaine Harris After a beacon is activated and the majority of the team dies, Batanya and Clovache decided to follow the beacon signal accompanied by Vandler to look for the rest of the team. This was my least favorite series in this book. It was hard to follow all these different characters or care about them in such a short time. THE VAMPIRES KARAMAZOV by Nancy Holder Alexie is a vampire who used to be a monk. He worries about the sins of his father and brothers who are all vampires. He knows his brothers are planning something and he must find the courage to stop them. I haven't read this series but I did like Alexei and I'm intrigued by another one of his brothers, Dmitri. THE NECESSITY OF PRAGMATIC MAGIC by Jennifer Brozek Two witches trying to stop a daydream nightmare from happening. I like the two ladies. She seems to be fierce and determined. DATING TERRORS by Patricia Briggs Love Asil and him finding a good date was the best!! My only wish would have been for his story to be 6 more hours. He deserves some happiness and so does his wolf. As a huge Dresden and Alpha and Omega fan, I knew I needed to read this one. The audible version helped so much in helping keep track of all the characters, new and old. Of note, the sad thing about this book is that Rachel Caine was supposed to be part of it but she died before she could join them. She was a good writer and she will be missed. Cliffhanger: No 4/5 Fangs A complimentary copy was provided by Ace via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I knew I had to request this one when I saw who some of the authors were!!! Overall score: I have to give this one 5 stars, because the 4 and 5 star stories were just THAT GOOD. --- Little Things by Jim Butcher Series: The Dresden Files My Series Status: Devoted Follower/Obsessee Stars: Four NOTE: Do not read this without having read the series up to Battle Ground. Spoilers, people, spoilers. I love Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I knew I had to request this one when I saw who some of the authors were!!! Overall score: I have to give this one 5 stars, because the 4 and 5 star stories were just THAT GOOD. --- Little Things by Jim Butcher Series: The Dresden Files My Series Status: Devoted Follower/Obsessee Stars: Four NOTE: Do not read this without having read the series up to Battle Ground. Spoilers, people, spoilers. I love Toot-Toot. Seriously, he's the reason I requested this anthology. Sure, there are plenty of great authors contributing to it, but a story from Toot's perspective was NECESSARY in my life. I loved this one! It was really cool to be in Toot-Toot's head and see how he views Dresden, Mister, feelings, and the world around him. --- The Dark Ship by Anne Bishop Series: The Others My Series Status: Devoted Follower/Obsessee Stars: Five (I'd give more if five weren't the limit) Absolute gem of a story. We get a story set in the world of The Others, but this time, it's in Cel-Romano and revolves around a separate cast in the Mediterranean Sea area. This story was fantastic - I loved the characters, the buildup, and the way she ended it just right. --- Comfort Zone by Kelley Armstrong Series: Darkest Powers/The Otherworld Universe My Series Status: New to me and Devoted Follower/Obsessee Stars: Four New characters in a side story from The Otherworld. A necromancer and a werewolf. Honestly, I feel like they might have been from the secret lab in Stolen. But it's been a long time since I've read the early books. Either way, we get a brief mention of the Nasts too! These two characters decide to start using their powers for good, and this is their first case. Really enjoyed it. --- Train to Last Hope by Annie Bellet Series: N/A My Series Status: N/A Stars: Five I have no idea if these are side characters from her Twenty-Sided Sorceress world or not, as this is my first time reading Annie Bellet, but I very much enjoyed this one. It threw you right into the story and built the history up as you went along, but it worked really well and showed pretty damn deep characterization for such a shorty. Nailed it. --- Fire Hazard by Kevin Hearne Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles My Series Status: Read through book 7 (currently two books behind) Stars: Three I liked the first few books in this series, but the last few haven't been as fun or as exciting. Maybe it's just me, but I grew kinda bored of the whole series, which is a shame, because I love Oberon and Granuaile. This one is from Oberon's point of view, which made it more entertaining, but I also am missing a few things for this one since I haven't read the last two books of the series. --- Grave Gambles by R.R. Virdi Series: The Grave Report My Series Status: New to me Stars: Four Umm, wow. That was a great story! Definitely going to have to pick up this series. I loved the premise - body-hopping soul jumps into murdered people's bodies and solves their murders! --- Silverspell by Chloe Neill Series: Heirs of Chicagoland My Series Status: New to me Stars: Three and a half It was a little predictable, but it was also interesting enough that I will definitely be checking out the main series (though I'll start with the series Chicagoland, as this Heirs series is a followup/spinoff). --- Troll Life by Kerrie L. Hughes Series: N/A My Series Status: N/A Stars: Four I'd read more about this world! I loved the development in such a short story. Excellent job building the world. I really liked all the different supernaturals in one story! --- The Return of the Mage by Charlaine Harris Series: Southern Vampire Mysteries/Sookie Stackhouse Universe My Series Status: Devoted Follower/Obsessee Stars: Three Batanya and Clovache, Britlingen Mercs from All Together Dead, are back in this shortie. It was a very strange story, but oddly intriguing. I'd read more about these Britlingens! :) --- The Vampires Karamazov by Nancy Holder Series: N/A My Series Status: N/A Stars: Two and a half I really didn't care much for this one. I liked Alexei's struggle with good/evil, but I thought the ending was contrived and just wasn't a fan. --- The Necessity of Pragmatic Magic by Jennifer Brozek Series: N/A My Series Status: N/A Stars: Four First, I want more Maureen and Felicia. They were hilarious and brave. Second, I want to know what "Him" was. This story was super fun! --- Dating Terrors by Patricia Briggs Series: Alpha & Omega (Mercyverse) My Series Status: Devoted Follower/Obsessee Stars: Five Asil is such an interesting character, and these little side shorts reveal so much more of who he is at his core. His gracious protection of the characters in this book really make his personality shine, and I very much enjoyed meeting Ruby and her team. I also loved seeing Asil's wolf become his partner again after so long... and the claim it made... I'm gonna need so much more of this story! Please give us more, Patty!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wanda Pedersen

    This anthology is very astutely structured, leading with Jim Butcher (Harry Dresden) and ending with Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega). It’s like good vacation tours, where you start in a nice hotel and end in a really nice hotel, with some less comfortable places in between. The leader knows that first and last impressions are important to how the clients feel about the tour. The deck is also stacked with many popular urban fantasy authors. It was better suited to my tastes than many of these col This anthology is very astutely structured, leading with Jim Butcher (Harry Dresden) and ending with Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega). It’s like good vacation tours, where you start in a nice hotel and end in a really nice hotel, with some less comfortable places in between. The leader knows that first and last impressions are important to how the clients feel about the tour. The deck is also stacked with many popular urban fantasy authors. It was better suited to my tastes than many of these collections. Having said all of that, Patricia Briggs’ story about her werewolf character Asil was definitely the highlight of the volume for me. I love the direction that Briggs is taking Asil and I am now, more than ever, looking forward to the next Alpha & Omega book. However, if you haven't read any of that series, some of the fun of this little tale may evade you. As always, your mileage may vary, but urban fantasy fans will no doubt find a story or two that will please them in these pages.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life)

    This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ 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 f This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ 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. Initial Thoughts What a great anthology! 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 Mery 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 Too's point of view. There were a couple of stories that I didn't like quite as much as the others but this was a very solid collection.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    3.5 stars Advance copy from NetGalley Uneven collection, closer to 3 stars than 4, but that fabulous story about Asil can’t be in a collection I give a 3 to. Here’s the rundown: Little Things—Butcher 3.5 stars Fun to get a story from Toot Toot’s POV, and Mister and Bob were in it too, so yay! I think it’s the shortest story in the collection, and the length works fine, but I would have liked to hang out with these characters a little longer. The Dark Ship—Bishop 4 stars Interesting to revisit the O 3.5 stars Advance copy from NetGalley Uneven collection, closer to 3 stars than 4, but that fabulous story about Asil can’t be in a collection I give a 3 to. Here’s the rundown: Little Things—Butcher 3.5 stars Fun to get a story from Toot Toot’s POV, and Mister and Bob were in it too, so yay! I think it’s the shortest story in the collection, and the length works fine, but I would have liked to hang out with these characters a little longer. The Dark Ship—Bishop 4 stars Interesting to revisit the Others after quitting the series so many years ago. This story had me second-guessing that decision. Comfort Zone—Armstrong 3 stars Darkest Powers isn’t a series I read, and the story was only OK to someone reading it as a newcomer. I can imagine fans of the series will be excited to see Chloe and Derek. Train to Last Hope—Annie Bellet 3 stars This one was more about relationships and healing grief than anything else. It was moving, but I think I was expecting more details about confronting what happened to their daughter. My lukewarm rating is maybe a case of my expectations not being in line with author’s focus. Fire Hazard—Kevin Hearne 3 stars Reading this reminded me of the roller coaster of emotions I felt reading the first Iron Druid book—enjoying the humor, cringing at the humor, enjoying Oberon, thinking Oberon was too silly, etc. Grave Gambles—R.R. Virdi 2 stars I’ve read positive things about the novel series this story is set in, so maybe this type of plot didn’t work as a short story. The motive for the kidnappings came from nowhere, and the hero’s and villain’s actions didn’t make sense. Why play along? That’s my vague question since this isn’t out yet. I didn’t love it. Silverspell—Chloe Neill 4 stars I enjoyed this quick mystery. Neill worked well in the space she used to tell the story, and it renewed my interest in her vampire series. Troll Life—Kerrie L. Hughes 3 stars I liked main character Harzi, the subway setting, and the sentient trains, but there was no story or character development. Everything was just rather simply explained. Return of the Mage—Charlaine Harris 3 stars Pretty high learning curve for the amount of vocabulary and strange names to remember in a story that took 30 minutes to read. I am curious about Vandler’s fate, though, so it grabbed my interest that much. As far as I can tell, these characters and this setting aren’t a part of longer works. The Vampires Karamazov—Nancy Holder 4 stars I’m sure this would mean more to me if I’d ever read The Brothers Karamazov, but I still appreciated the writing. It was pretty grim, and I’m not sure I understand the ending. The Necessity of Pragmatic Magic—Jennifer Brozek 3.5 stars Short little ditty with two elderly witches combating a cursed object in a museum. I liked the setting and the protagonists. The resolution was rather speedy and underdeveloped. Dating Terrors—Patricia Briggs 5 stars I expected this to be my favorite of the collection, and it absolutely was! The editors saved the best for last, placing it at the end of the collection. The longest of the offerings, it had space for a little more development, and I loved seeing the wolves from the Emerald City pack. I can’t wait to see how this plot plays out in the Alpha and Omega series. Asil fans are going to lose their minds.

  6. 5 out of 5

    aarya

    Short stories read so far: - The Dark Ship by Anne Bishop (stand-alone in Others world) - Comfort Zone by Kelley Armstrong (college mystery with Derek/Chloe from The Summoning) - Silverspell by Chloe Neill (Heirs of Chicagoland adventure with Elisa and Connor) Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress

    Heroic Hearts is a collection of short stories about heroism that comes in different forms. Its heroes are far from stereotypical, but instead are the ones who are in the right place at the right time. In Jim Butcher’s “Little Things,” brave pixies in the service of wizard Harry Dresden protect his stronghold from evil, formidable goblins. “The Dark Ship” by Anne Bishop is a dark fantasy with a scarred young woman who makes a selfless choice that garners her a favor from the leader of inhuman pi Heroic Hearts is a collection of short stories about heroism that comes in different forms. Its heroes are far from stereotypical, but instead are the ones who are in the right place at the right time. In Jim Butcher’s “Little Things,” brave pixies in the service of wizard Harry Dresden protect his stronghold from evil, formidable goblins. “The Dark Ship” by Anne Bishop is a dark fantasy with a scarred young woman who makes a selfless choice that garners her a favor from the leader of inhuman pirates. In “Comfort Zone” by Kelley Armstrong, a young psychic and her werewolf boyfriend are recruited by a ghost to protect a loved one from human predators. Annie Bellet’s “Train to Last Hope” is the story of two estranged spouses who unite to find their long-lost child, using their magical skills in an Old West set adventure. Kevin Hearne’s “Fire Hazard” is from the point of view of druid Atticus O’Sullivan’s devoted Irish Wolfhound Oberon, as they work to stop unnatural fires in the Australian wilderness. “Grave Gambles” by R.R Virdi features a man whose unique ability to reanimate the body of a recent murder victim to solve the crime, on a case to find missing children. “Silverspell” by Chloe Neill’s latest story in the Heirs of the Chicagoland Vampire series involves a vampire sentinel and her werewolf boyfriend solving a series of ritual sacrifices of urban-dwelling supernaturals. In “Troll Life” by Kerrie L. Hughes, Harzl is a troll who works an unglamorous job in an underground train system who intervenes to protect a gargoyle child from slavers. Charlaine Harris’ “The Return of the Mage” intertwines low fantasy and science fiction as between warriors and mages who form an uneasy to rescue the lost members of their battalion. With “The Vampires Karamazov”, Nancy Holder asks the reader to ponder how the famous Dostoyevsky novel would look if the family were all vampires. In “The Necessity of Pragmatic Magic” by Jennifer Brozek, Maureen is a 71-year-old docent who may look mild-mannered, but she has some hidden skills to help protect her coworkers at the Stewart Historic Museum from a dangerous magical artifact. Longtime fans of Asil the Old Wolf from Patricia Briggs’ werewolf series have the privilege to accompany with him on a special kind of date that involves his unique set of skills in “Dating Terrors.” Heroic Hearts has a little something for everyone in this wide variety of stories. It may involve some knowledge of the series to fully appreciate all the nuances, but even for new to the series readers, there are plenty of enjoyable moments. While a few of the stories were unimpactful, most showcase their writers’ enviable skills at telling a short, satisfying, engrossing story. Overall, this is a recommended read for fantasy lovers.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linden

    This anthology contains urban fantasy stories by some of my favorite authors. Each story, by such notables as Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Anne Bishop, Kelley Armstrong, and Patricia Briggs, share the theme of a hero, and the heroes include trolls, werewolves, and a variety of others. My absolute favorite in the collection was the story by Patricia Briggs. I've read all of her books, and I hope maybe she will start a new series with the characters presented in this story. Thanks to Netgalley a This anthology contains urban fantasy stories by some of my favorite authors. Each story, by such notables as Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Anne Bishop, Kelley Armstrong, and Patricia Briggs, share the theme of a hero, and the heroes include trolls, werewolves, and a variety of others. My absolute favorite in the collection was the story by Patricia Briggs. I've read all of her books, and I hope maybe she will start a new series with the characters presented in this story. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    I picked up this anthology just to read the Jim Butcher and Patricia Briggs stories, and both were... fine. Nothing to dislike, but neither feels entirely essential. For the Briggs story, it's about the werewolf Asil and a new love interest -- so if she carries over into the main series books, then I'd consider this story more important for fans to read. I picked up this anthology just to read the Jim Butcher and Patricia Briggs stories, and both were... fine. Nothing to dislike, but neither feels entirely essential. For the Briggs story, it's about the werewolf Asil and a new love interest -- so if she carries over into the main series books, then I'd consider this story more important for fans to read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Read this review on Fresh Fiction HEROIC HEARTS is an all-star anthology put together by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes. It contains many bestselling authors in the Urban Fantasy genre, including Patricia Briggs, Chloe Neill, Anne Bishop, Kelley Armstrong and Charlaine Harris. If that’s not enticing enough already for you, then there are plenty more stories from amazing authors included in this collection. It’s hard to pick my favorite ones from the bunch, but Patricia Briggs and Jim Butcher’s s Read this review on Fresh Fiction HEROIC HEARTS is an all-star anthology put together by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes. It contains many bestselling authors in the Urban Fantasy genre, including Patricia Briggs, Chloe Neill, Anne Bishop, Kelley Armstrong and Charlaine Harris. If that’s not enticing enough already for you, then there are plenty more stories from amazing authors included in this collection. It’s hard to pick my favorite ones from the bunch, but Patricia Briggs and Jim Butcher’s stories always stand out to me as favorites, particularly if you love their books already. I’m also a big fan of Anne Bishop’s story too, which was straightforward but also oddly mysterious at the same time. That being said, it’s clear to see that there are a lot of amazing stories included here, so I would definitely check it out, especially if you are an Urban Fantasy reader. These anthologies are also an amazing way to discover new authors that you may not have tried before. You definitely don’t want to miss HEROIC HEARTS!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I only read two of these stories! "Comfort Zone" by Kelley Armstrong 3 stars I was sooooo looking forward to revisiting Chloe and Derek, but this just SO short. I've liked Armstrong's short stories before, but this just needed more space. "Dating Terrors" by Patricia Briggs 4 stars Now THIS worked for me as a short story. I thought it worked well as a stand alone, but it's also extra fun if you know Asil. (Though I haven't read the other blind date stories, which I only just now learned existed!) I only read two of these stories! "Comfort Zone" by Kelley Armstrong 3 stars I was sooooo looking forward to revisiting Chloe and Derek, but this just SO short. I've liked Armstrong's short stories before, but this just needed more space. "Dating Terrors" by Patricia Briggs 4 stars Now THIS worked for me as a short story. I thought it worked well as a stand alone, but it's also extra fun if you know Asil. (Though I haven't read the other blind date stories, which I only just now learned existed!)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Heroic Hearts edited by Jim Butcher is a great urban fantasy short story collection featuring some of my favorite authors and others I'd like to get to know better in the future. My favorite stories featured here were Little Things by Jim Butcher (Toot-toot gets his own story!), The Dark Ship by Anne Bishop, and Fire Hazard by Kevin Hearne. I need more Kelley Armstrong one of these days. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Heroic Hearts edited by Jim Butcher is a great urban fantasy short story collection featuring some of my favorite authors and others I'd like to get to know better in the future. My favorite stories featured here were Little Things by Jim Butcher (Toot-toot gets his own story!), The Dark Ship by Anne Bishop, and Fire Hazard by Kevin Hearne. I need more Kelley Armstrong one of these days.

  13. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Brand-new stories from my favorite authors with a few new to me authors to sample- a feast from beginning to end. If you love urban fantasy, this is a must have collection. Little Things by Jim Butcher read by James Masters (The Dresden Files, standalone)– First kudos to Masters for keeping in character. I love the pixie Toot-Toot and this is his heroic tale. When enemy forces breach the castle walls, not even Bob believes Toot. This event takes place about a fortnight after the battles. Harry is Brand-new stories from my favorite authors with a few new to me authors to sample- a feast from beginning to end. If you love urban fantasy, this is a must have collection. Little Things by Jim Butcher read by James Masters (The Dresden Files, standalone)– First kudos to Masters for keeping in character. I love the pixie Toot-Toot and this is his heroic tale. When enemy forces breach the castle walls, not even Bob believes Toot. This event takes place about a fortnight after the battles. Harry is recovering from injuries and dealing with loss. It was a clever way to give us an update and give our Pixie the spotlight. The Dark Ship by Ann Bishop read by Alexandra Harris (Others World, standalone) I loved this! The Others is one of my favorite urban fantasy series. This takes us to a port city in one of the human areas and a young girl with a gift finds herself at significant risk after aiding a pony. Alexandra Harris was wonderful and the reason I listen to the series on audio first before diving into my hardcover editions. I want more!! Comfort Zone by Kelley Armstrong read by Cassandra Morris (The Summing Series, standalone) I love this author, but have not read the Summoning series. I found myself engaged and enjoyed spending time with Derek and Chloe as they help a ghost who is worried about his little sister. Cassandra Morris provided the voices and did a wonderful job. Train to Last Hope by Annie Bellet read by Maggi-Meg Reed (new to me author) An interesting story involving witches, demons and grim reapers. We travel with a mother and daughter as they try to discover what happened to their daughter. Not sure if this is tied to a series, but I found the world fascinating and enjoyed the narration. I would dip into this western world again. Delightful narration by Reed. Fire Hazard by Kevin Hearne read by Luke Daniels (Iron Druid Chronicles, standalone) It was wonderful spending time with Atticus, Oberon and Starbuck, as they investigate a forest fire. The story told from Oberon’s POV had me snickering with delight. Luke Daniels as always did a stellar job with the narrator and is the reason I listen to all of Hearne’s series. Grave Gambles by R.R. Virdi read by Travis Baldree – (Grave Beginnings, standalone) I have not read this author, but loved the concept of Grave Gambles. The protagonist wakes up in a body and has a limited amount of time to determine how the person was murdered. Travis Baldree was a new to me narrator who did a stellar job from voices to tone. I am adding this series to my wishlist. Silverspell by Chloe Neill read by read by Suzanne Elise Freeman (Heirs of Chicagoland, standalone) I am enjoying the Heirs of Chicagoland and this was a nice short. Elisa and Connor are investigating a series of ritualist murders. It was an intriguing case, and I enjoyed watching Elisa do her thing. Suzanne Elise Freeman was delightful with the narration and has me curious about the series on audio. It was the perfect teaser to hold me over until the next release. Troll Life by Kerrie L. Hughes read by Sean Patrick Hopkins (new to me author) The world made me curious enough to see if there was a series tied to it. Trolls, vampires and more await you at the train station where trouble lurks. I liked Sean Patrick Hopkins narration and added him to my list of narrators to look for. Return of the Mage by Charlaine Harris read by Johanna Parker – I’ve read some of the author’s work but was not familiar with these characters or world. I listened twice and felt a tad lost. There are mages, rituals, combat and a distress call answered by the Britlingen mercenaries. Johanna Parker gave a delightful narration that fit the tone and characters. The Vampires Karamazov by Nancy Holder read by Daniel Henning (The Brothers Karamazov) This is another new to me author and my least favorite story of the collection. It was dark, old school and grim. The writing is good, I just felt like I would have enjoyed it more if I knew the series. Daniel Henning is a new to me narrator, but has a pleasant tone and I would listen to him again. The Necessity of Pragmatic Magic by Jennifer Brozek read by Nancy Linari. (new to me author) The story held my attention as an evil entity caused problems at a museum. I would like to read more about these witches. The story was engaging despite the quickly ending that left me flat. This has a cozy mystery vibe you might like, and the narrator was perfect for this story. Dating Terror by Patricia Briggs narrated by Holter Graham (Alpha & Omega, standalone) Both Briggs and Graham are favorites of mine and I slipped right into this story. This is another adventure involving dating for Asil and is set in the Mercy Thompson world. As always, I had a blast listening. Briggs has a way of pulling you in and making you laugh. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  14. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    This review is for the following stories only. Little Things—Jim Butcher I loved how Toot Toot and Mister were able to save the day. That by being small they saw dangers others didn't think about. The Dark Ship—Anne Bishop I liked seeing this different part of The Other's world. Once again, this story proves that being kind to others will reap rewards. But when you are a horrible person there will be repercussions. Comfort Zone—Kelley Armstrong It was nice to catch up with the Chloe and Derek, to see This review is for the following stories only. Little Things—Jim Butcher I loved how Toot Toot and Mister were able to save the day. That by being small they saw dangers others didn't think about. The Dark Ship—Anne Bishop I liked seeing this different part of The Other's world. Once again, this story proves that being kind to others will reap rewards. But when you are a horrible person there will be repercussions. Comfort Zone—Kelley Armstrong It was nice to catch up with the Chloe and Derek, to see them thriving as they live their lives. While it makes sense to ignore ghosts most of the time, I'm glad that Chloe talked to this one and how they were able to help. I also like that they are going to see about helping others too. Silverspell—Chloe Neill I liked that with this one we got to see more of the next generation, more than Connor and Elisa, that despite friendships fracturing, Connor and Elisa were there for someone from their past. Return of the Mage—Charlaine Harris I always liked the Britlingens when they showed up in the Sookie books, they were so fierce and managed to save a lot of people. I liked this little glimpse into more of their life. I found it funny how all of them has such disdain for the King, have a feeling that going home won't be a good thing for him. Dating Terrors—Patricia Briggs I love all these dating adventures of Asil! He is a pretty good guy for going through with it. I liked that Asil realized something more was going on and got those around him to tell him the truth and that he was more than happy to help. I really hope that there is a second date, would love to see Asil let himself be happy again.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    An irresistible anthology loaded with urban fantasy from so many favorite and new to me authors compelled me to pick it up and dive into the riches within. My full review will post at The Reading Frenzy TBA.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alayna Payton

    I'll love anything written by Chloe Neill and Patricia Briggs! It was so good to read Anne Bishop's story and get a glimpse of The Others and I cried reading Annie Bellet's story. Great collection! I'll love anything written by Chloe Neill and Patricia Briggs! It was so good to read Anne Bishop's story and get a glimpse of The Others and I cried reading Annie Bellet's story. Great collection!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    Originally published at Reading Reality I was looking for a bit of a change of pace to wrap this week’s reviews, so I turned to my favorite pick-me-up genre, urban fantasy, and to this excellent collection of it, Heroic Hearts, which features stories by some of the stars in the genre, while giving me a chance to explore worlds both familiar and not. Four of the stories were set in worlds that I am at least somewhat familiar with; Jim Butcher’s Little Things, set of course in the Dresden Files, The Originally published at Reading Reality I was looking for a bit of a change of pace to wrap this week’s reviews, so I turned to my favorite pick-me-up genre, urban fantasy, and to this excellent collection of it, Heroic Hearts, which features stories by some of the stars in the genre, while giving me a chance to explore worlds both familiar and not. Four of the stories were set in worlds that I am at least somewhat familiar with; Jim Butcher’s Little Things, set of course in the Dresden Files, The Dark Ship by Anne Bishop in previously unexplored part of her World of the Others, Fire Hazard by Kevin Hearne in the Iron Druid Chronicles and Patricia Briggs’ Dating Terror in her Alpha & Omega spinoff of Mercy Thompson’s world. What made both Little Things and Fire Hazard so much fun to read wasn’t just their familiarity but the way that both stories gave that familiarity a bit of a twist by telling the story from alternate points of view. Harry Dresden is too busy to be the main character or narrator of Little Things. That role is reserved for the pixie Toot-Toot who leads the castle’s forces of pixies and other small creatures to fend off a gremlin invasion. While Toot-Toot and his minions start out just defending their beloved pizza, by the time the story is baked to its conclusion they’ve saved the whole castle and everyone in it – with a bit of assistance from Dresden’s cat Mister. Even if they can’t manage to help Dresden with his angst about the terrible “conomee” and his regular fight with the dread monster “budget”. Fire Hazard, which deals with the very serious issue of the wide-spread fires in Australia, is both lightened and made a bit more profound – surprisingly so! – by being told from the perspective of Oberon, Atticus’ Irish wolfhound. While the fires were started through either natural causes or human error, there is something supernatural that is, quite literally, fanning the flames. That Atticus can take care of. But it’s Oberon’s meditations on the nature of courage and sausage that give this story both its heart and its humor. The Dark Ship is one of the darker stories in the World of the Others, and that’s saying something because the world as a whole is often plenty dark. But what makes this one chilling isn’t the looming threat of the Others, it’s that the evil that men do is so terrible that the reader completely understands why the Others get involved – even though on this occasion the Others are not the target of that evil. I still think there’s reading crack somehow embedded into this series, because even in ebook form once I start one I can’t put the damn thing down. I haven’t kept up – at all – with the Mercyverse. I read the series as it stood a long time ago, including the first Alpha & Omega book, and that was enough to make the world of this story feel familiar. In the end Dating Terror is a story about taking control of your own life with a bit of help from your friends, but it does it through a fake dating agency scenario that blends a subtle bit of humor with the righteous takedown of a monster. The rest of the stories in this collection are either standalones or set in worlds I’m not familiar with. And for the most part that didn’t matter either way. Except for one story, Silverspell by Chloe Neill. It’s part of her Heirs of Chicagoland series. I liked it well enough as a standalone but I think there would have been more there, there if I were familiar with the series. The one story that didn’t work for me was The Vampires Karamazov. There were plenty of villains in this one, but no real hero and the story was just dark and grim. On the other hand, my favorite stories in the collection, Troll Life by Kerrie L. Hughes, Grave Gambles by R.R. Virdi and The Necessity of Pragmatic Magic by Jennifer Brozek were all set in worlds completely new to me. Troll Magic features the troll probationary station master of a train line that takes paranormal creatures from one realm to another. It’s part of his magic to manage the station, make sure that no one is aboard who shouldn’t be, and keep the vending machines stocked. When a couple of runaways – and the villains who are chasing them – use his station for their confrontation, it’s up to the station master and his pet barghest to see justice done and evil get its just desserts, along with some help from some sentient and surprisingly gossipy trains. Grave Gambles was interesting as a kind of paranormal variation on Quantum Leap – which seems apropos as that classic series might be coming back. But instead of science powering the leaps, it’s magic. Specifically the magic of meting out deathly justice to those who have escaped the earthly kind. It’s a quietly atmospheric story with a fascinating premise. I liked The Necessity of Pragmatic Magic because it features two elderly ladies, one of whom would probably be excellent friends with the protagonist of An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good. It’s the story of two old witches who are comrades a bit more than they are friends, bringing their magical power to bear on an ancient terror that wants to consume their favorite museum – along with, most likely, the town it sits in. I had mixed feelings about Return of the Mage by Charlaine Harris, and based on the reviews I’m not alone. I did rather like it, even though it isn’t really urban fantasy, but that’s because it reminds me a lot of episodes of both Stargate and Star Trek. It’s a story about a mage who has settled down on a primitive planet and made himself king, emperor and god even though he really ought to know better. The mage/mech/merc forces that come to pry him out of his cozy, exploitative little nest certainly do. The last two stories are Train to Last Hope by Annie Bellet and Comfort Zone by Kelly Armstrong. Comfort Zone reminded me a bit of the Harper Connelly series by Charlaine Harris, in that Chloe sees – and speaks to – dead people. So the story is about helping a ghost save his little sister from the mess he got her in before he died because of said mess. Train to Last Hope is the kind of Weird West story that haunts. Two women go on a quest to find out what happened to their daughter. They broke up a decade ago, because one accepted that the girl was dead while the other refused to let go. Not that either of them truly ever has let go of the girl or each other. One became a Reaper to harvest the souls of the dead in order to extend her search, while the other waits at Last Hope, the last stop of the train of the dead, hoping that one day her daughter will pass by. This story about closure is bittersweet and sticks with the reader once it’s done. It also reminds me more than a bit of T.J. Klune’s Under the Whispering Door. Escape Rating A-: This was a collection with plenty of great reading but surprisingly just the one story that didn’t work for me. There’s always at least one, but usually it’s more, so I’m very happy to have picked this up and read the lot. I do think the ones that are set in established worlds work better with at least some familiarity, but it is a great way to sample and see if you like what those worlds have to offer. To make a long story short, if you love urban fantasy, this collection is fantastic – pun certainly intended. If you’re curious, this is a great place to start! Mister rules, as cats always do, but Oberon, as always, is a very good boy indeed.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    With anthologies, the joy for me is reading a short story by an author I love and the sad part is that I’m unlikely to have that same enthusiasm for every other story. The editors of HEROIC HEARTS found a great balance of humor and grief, serious and lighthearted which I appreciated. I was familiar with most but not all of the authors so now I have more books to add to my TBR so I can explore more of their worlds. The theme for the anthology is courage so the stories have some sort of Big Bad to With anthologies, the joy for me is reading a short story by an author I love and the sad part is that I’m unlikely to have that same enthusiasm for every other story. The editors of HEROIC HEARTS found a great balance of humor and grief, serious and lighthearted which I appreciated. I was familiar with most but not all of the authors so now I have more books to add to my TBR so I can explore more of their worlds. The theme for the anthology is courage so the stories have some sort of Big Bad to be dealt with. I loved Patricia Briggs’ story - Asil dating?! And Anne Bishop’s story about The Others - if you love the novels, this short story feels exactly like that in the best way. It was nice to see Oberon and his poodle and sausage talk in the Kevin Hearne Iron Druid story. If you’re an urban fantasy fan, this is a great way to visit with some favorite characters and possibly discover new series to love.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Coleton

    This review is only for the Dresden Files short story Little Things. I cannot on good conscience give it less than five stars just based on cuteness alone, but the feels... The FEELS... This takes place only two weeks after Battle Ground and the emotions that some of the very simple lines in this bring out in me are immense. Za-Lord for life! 🍕

  20. 4 out of 5

    Debrac2014

    I so enjoyed these short stories about heroes! Many authors I've read before and a few authors I haven't, but I enjoyed them all! I especially enjoyed Patricia Briggs' story with Asil! I so enjoyed these short stories about heroes! Many authors I've read before and a few authors I haven't, but I enjoyed them all! I especially enjoyed Patricia Briggs' story with Asil!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cindyg

    Great short stories. In some cases to short. But a good read for sure. Recommend!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cardyn Brooks

    The dedication to Rachel Caine is a poignant must-read along with stories from Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris, and Patricia Briggs. As with any excellent anthology, Heroic Hearts offers a compelling assortment. Patricia Briggs fans who adore Asil's circuitous path should end up very pleased. The dedication to Rachel Caine is a poignant must-read along with stories from Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris, and Patricia Briggs. As with any excellent anthology, Heroic Hearts offers a compelling assortment. Patricia Briggs fans who adore Asil's circuitous path should end up very pleased.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Storm

    Collected in Heroic Hearts, Asil, whom we have met in Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson Series and Alpha & Omega Series is set up on yet another date, this time with someone from Haunted Love.com, where "ghost hunters can hunt with like minded people who are still breathing." Unbeknownst to him, Ruby's friends have set her up with Asil, intending to use him to kill the monster stalking Ruby. Ruby is going along because she can't upset her pregnant best friend, and she's had a prophetic dream featu Collected in Heroic Hearts, Asil, whom we have met in Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson Series and Alpha & Omega Series is set up on yet another date, this time with someone from Haunted Love.com, where "ghost hunters can hunt with like minded people who are still breathing." Unbeknownst to him, Ruby's friends have set her up with Asil, intending to use him to kill the monster stalking Ruby. Ruby is going along because she can't upset her pregnant best friend, and she's had a prophetic dream featuring a black wolf with glowing yellow eyes. Out of the mud spattered car, the most beautiful man she had ever seen emerged. He glanced at them, then walked around the front of the car. He strode through the downpour with no more notice than if he'd been walking through dry sunshine as his shirt darkened and clung to every cut inch of him. It was an effect she'd expected in one of those cologne commercials, or one of those racy Calvin Klein ads. She'd never seen anything like it in real life. Ruby's first impression of Asil had me picturing Antonio Banderas in some sexy cologne advertisement. A little googling later I was not surprise to find out it actually exists, and is named Power of Seduction (click link to see advertisement). It is taking everything I have not to click buy, because his voice is sexy and whoo-eee, he is one hella attractive man. Now where was I? Oh yes, the date. Asil quickly surmises Ruby is not what she seems and her power has been "leashed" by something. She's not telling, and instead changes the subject - introducing her crew of Ghost Hunters to him, all of whom Asil begins to work his charm on as he tries to find out the truth about what he's up against. How this played out was funny, sad, masterful and pure Asil. At the end of this story I wanted many things - more about Asil's adventures in looking for love, to see how he will woo Ruby, will she accept him? What is Ruby?? Will he take a more central stage in a future spin-off series because that is sure to be successful. I'm only saying that since readers like me actually might find Asil, the Reluctant Hero befitting a Romance Book Cover fascinating.

  24. 4 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    I couldn't resist this anthology simply because there's a story for Asil (Patty Briggs)! But, at this price, there's no way I can't read the entire thing, so here goes nothing. Little Things by Jim Butcher - I've never read anything by this author but I've always wanted to. This short story gave me a good idea of what I'd be in for and I'm here for it! Even though I'd not read anything in this series, I was able to follow along easily and the story was very cute, however if you are a fan of this I couldn't resist this anthology simply because there's a story for Asil (Patty Briggs)! But, at this price, there's no way I can't read the entire thing, so here goes nothing. Little Things by Jim Butcher - I've never read anything by this author but I've always wanted to. This short story gave me a good idea of what I'd be in for and I'm here for it! Even though I'd not read anything in this series, I was able to follow along easily and the story was very cute, however if you are a fan of this series and are not currently "up to date", there is a pretty big spoiler so be aware. 4/5 stars The Dark Ship by Anne Bishop - you definitely need to be familiar with her series The Others to understand why this is so good! I loved it. 5 stars Comfort Zone by Kelley Armstrong - I'm not familiar enough with this author to know if this short story is part of a larger series, however I did like it. It was understated but still kept me reading. 3.5/5 Train to Last Hope by Annie Bellet - new to me author. I wasn't sure about this when I first began reading, but it grew on me. There's not much I can say about it without giving away the story, but I will say it was bittersweet. 3.5/5 Fire Hazard by Kevin Hearne -- a short story in this authors Iron Druid series. What I absolutely adored about this is that is stars my favorite character - the Irish wolfhound Oberon! 4.5/5 Grave Gambles by R.R. Virdi -- a completely unknown author to me, but that won't last for long! I really liked Vincent and even though the story had a pretty good creep factor, I'd love to read more if this is a series. 4/5 Silverspell by Chloe Neill -- LOVED this one and I will definitely be reading this series soon. 5/5 Troll Life by Kerrie L. Hughes -- have to say this is the first one in this anthology that really didn't do much for me. It wasn't badly written, just didn't interest me. 2/5 The Return of the Mage by Charlaine Harris -- another that I didn't think I'd enjoy, and it did grow on me eventually, but it wasn't something I'd look for more of. Not a bad story, just not my thing. 3.5/5 The Vampires Karamazov by Nancy Holder -- DNF. Did not like this one AT ALL. The ick factor was pretty high for me. The Necessity of Pragmatic Magic by Jennifer Brozek -- another DNF. Dating Terrors by Patricia Briggs -- Tease! Don't give me Asil in all his glory and leave me hanging! All kidding aside, I love love loved this one! 5/5 I know the price is high on this (and a bit ridiculously high at that) but I think in the end it was worth it to not only discover some great new-to-me authors, but also to read some really good stories. Check it out.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Todd

    A collection of mostly middle of the road urban fantasy stories, 2 were excellent. I will rate here the stories that don't have their own listings 1)LITTLE THINGS by Jim Butcher 5 stars- A story in the Dresden universe told by General Toot Toot 2)COMFORT ZONE by Kelley Armstrong 3.5 stars- Story of a 21 year old woman who speaks with the dead 3) TRAIN TO LAST HOPE by Annie Bellet 3 stars-a Reaper helps a woman look for her daughter who's been missing for 10 years 4) FIRE HAZARD by Kevin Hearne- 5 stars A collection of mostly middle of the road urban fantasy stories, 2 were excellent. I will rate here the stories that don't have their own listings 1)LITTLE THINGS by Jim Butcher 5 stars- A story in the Dresden universe told by General Toot Toot 2)COMFORT ZONE by Kelley Armstrong 3.5 stars- Story of a 21 year old woman who speaks with the dead 3) TRAIN TO LAST HOPE by Annie Bellet 3 stars-a Reaper helps a woman look for her daughter who's been missing for 10 years 4) FIRE HAZARD by Kevin Hearne- 5 stars Atticus the druid must go to Australia to try to stop wildfires, as told by Oberon the wolf hound 5) GRAVE GAMBLES by RR Virdi- 4 stars Vincent Graves is a wandering soul who finds himself in various dead bodies, reviving them for a limited time to try and rectify their death 6) SILVERSPELL by Chloe Neill- 2.5 stars vague short story featuring investigation into ritual killings 7) TROLL LIFE by Kerrie Hughes- 4 stars Fun little story about a troll assistant train station manager and the occurrings of a typical day 8) THE RETURN OF THE MAGE by Charlaine Harris- 3 stars an odd story of a group of warriors traveling to another world where a rescue beacon has been set off 9) THE VAMPIRES KARAMAZOV by Nancy Holder- 2.5 stars A nothing special story of a vampire and his sons in NYC 10) THE NECESSITY OF PRAGMATIC MAGIC by Jennifer Brozek-3 stars a tale of what happens when a museum receives a cursed tablet 11)DATING TERRORS byPatricia Briggs- 2 stars lame story featuring a dating service for supernatural beings

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wulf Krueger

    »“You came for me first,” she said. “Not the pizza.”« I’m exclusively referring to Jim Butcher’s short story “Little Things” from the “Heroic Hearts” anthology. This is simply because I only got it to read that one story - and it was worth it. Told from the viewpoint of “Major General Toot-Toot Minimus, sprite in service to Sir Harry Dresden [...] and captain of his personal guard”, this is set pretty much immediately after the events of “Battle Ground”... An attempt on Harry’s life is made and Too »“You came for me first,” she said. “Not the pizza.”« I’m exclusively referring to Jim Butcher’s short story “Little Things” from the “Heroic Hearts” anthology. This is simply because I only got it to read that one story - and it was worth it. Told from the viewpoint of “Major General Toot-Toot Minimus, sprite in service to Sir Harry Dresden [...] and captain of his personal guard”, this is set pretty much immediately after the events of “Battle Ground”... An attempt on Harry’s life is made and Toot-Toot valiantly takes charge! I’ve like the little folk from the very beginning and now they finally and very much deservedly get their very own story. Five out of five stars for a highly amusing short story from the Dresden universe. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Ceterum censeo Putin esse delendam

  27. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    A fun collection of short stories from a mix of well known and up and coming authors. The standouts include: Jim Butcher leads the way with an endearing slice of life from the Dresden Files, as we get to see Major General Toot-Toot Minimus at his finest, watching Harry's back while he's grieving Murphy. Kevin Hearne puts in some cute with his latest Australian adventure from his trusty pooch's point of view. Charlaine Harris delves into a new magical world with wizard mercenaries - I honestly fo A fun collection of short stories from a mix of well known and up and coming authors. The standouts include: Jim Butcher leads the way with an endearing slice of life from the Dresden Files, as we get to see Major General Toot-Toot Minimus at his finest, watching Harry's back while he's grieving Murphy. Kevin Hearne puts in some cute with his latest Australian adventure from his trusty pooch's point of view. Charlaine Harris delves into a new magical world with wizard mercenaries - I honestly found this one a little tough to get through, as at first I couldn't tell if it was part of Gunnie Rose's universe or something stand a lone (it's a stand a lone - I think) and the universe was rather poorly defined. R.R. Virdi, an author I hadn't known before this, introduces their world of spirit detective meats Quantum Leap. It shows quite a bit of promise, enough to make me want to track down the series and give it a try. Too much of the plot was just handed to the protagonist, making him more of a hitman than detective - I'm curious to see if that was just a shortcut for a short story, or how Virdi regularly writes. Patricia Briggs closes the anthology with one of her most tortured side characters, Asil the Moor, potentially finding new romance at first sight after centuries of grief-induced madness (content warning: tooth rotting romance).

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Paranormal / Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* This collection of short stories has been dedicated to Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, aka Rachel Caine who sadly passed away November 1, 2020. Rachel was one of my top 5 authors and her loss will be felt for years to come. "Little Things" by Jim Butcher (2022) I haven't read this series yet so I don't know where in the series order this book falls. Apparently this is a new short story. This story features the pixie Toot-Toot who disc *Source* Publisher *Genre* Paranormal / Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* This collection of short stories has been dedicated to Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, aka Rachel Caine who sadly passed away November 1, 2020. Rachel was one of my top 5 authors and her loss will be felt for years to come. "Little Things" by Jim Butcher (2022) I haven't read this series yet so I don't know where in the series order this book falls. Apparently this is a new short story. This story features the pixie Toot-Toot who discovers Gremlin invaders unbeknownst to the wizard Harry Dresden who has just lost someone he loved. Ir order to win, Toot-Toot, fellow pixies, and dread cat Mister must put their lives on the line to save Dresden's castle. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erica Chilson

    I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads HEROIC HEARTS is a short story collection featuring urban fantasy novelists: Jim Butcher, Kerrie Hughes, Anne Bishop, Kelley Armstrong, Annie Bellet, Kevin Hearne, R.R. Virdi, Chloe Neil, Charlaine Harris, Nancy Holder, Jennifer Brozek, & Patricia Briggs. I always nab a short story collection for two simple reasons. One: since I don't seek out the short stories my favorite authors share in newsletters or on their websites, I I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads HEROIC HEARTS is a short story collection featuring urban fantasy novelists: Jim Butcher, Kerrie Hughes, Anne Bishop, Kelley Armstrong, Annie Bellet, Kevin Hearne, R.R. Virdi, Chloe Neil, Charlaine Harris, Nancy Holder, Jennifer Brozek, & Patricia Briggs. I always nab a short story collection for two simple reasons. One: since I don't seek out the short stories my favorite authors share in newsletters or on their websites, I adore having them all in one handy location without having to hunt them down. Two: the ability to get a taste of new-to-me authors that have a similar vibe as my favorites. Having read and adored half of the lineup, I was thrilled to get my hands on this collection. Reading a story a day, easily fitting that in as a few minutes to de-stress while being entertained, I caught up with some of my favorite characters. Several of the new-to-me authors are going to tax my bank account, already picking up the firsts in their series. Not all the stories were a good fit for my style, reading-wise, which is why I seek collections as a taste, instead of regretting a purchase. I'm not going to list who are my favorites, those who will hopefully be my future favorites, and those who weren't to my tastes, simply because anyone who picks up a collection of short stories already has a favorite author amongst the collection, no doubt using the collection to "shop" for more favorites. Thank you for a fun, exciting, and entertaining collection, and I truly wish these authors collaborate again.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Full disclosure: I checked out this collection for the Patricia Briggs story on her ongoing exploits with Asil and his blind dates. 5 + stars!! It is definitely a story for fans, and I loved every word. The ongoing exploits have been sprinkled throughout several anthologies, making this the 3rd short story and features the 4th date. I read it, then immediately re-read it. I read through the other stories, since, why not? The rest were fine. I liked visiting Chloe and Derek with Kelley Armstrong' Full disclosure: I checked out this collection for the Patricia Briggs story on her ongoing exploits with Asil and his blind dates. 5 + stars!! It is definitely a story for fans, and I loved every word. The ongoing exploits have been sprinkled throughout several anthologies, making this the 3rd short story and features the 4th date. I read it, then immediately re-read it. I read through the other stories, since, why not? The rest were fine. I liked visiting Chloe and Derek with Kelley Armstrong's story, and while Charlaine Harris' story featured new characters, it was enjoyable as well but a little underdeveloped. I mostly skimmed the others, and didn't read any that particularly stick out. OK collection mostly for readers who are already fans of the included authors.

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