Phil Parker (tigertoy) wrote,
Phil Parker

Book review: On the Prowl

Next is On the Prowl, four unconnected novellas by Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks, Karen Chance, and Sunny.

I bought this because it is the starting point of Briggs' Alpha and Omega series, and I figured I should read it before reading the novels that follow it.  Actually, Briggs is good enough at making books, even in a series, stand on their own that I think Cry Wolf would be fine without reading "Alpha and Omega", but "Alpha and Omega" is excellent.  It's the Mercy Thompson universe, but with a new thing added that is interesting and appealing.

Eileen Wilks' "Inhuman" also turned out to be interesting, very engaging, and make me interested in reading the novels that are in the series with it.

Karen Chance's "Buying Trouble" is entertaining but pretty much just some fast-paced exploits, without much depth (even by the standards of light escapist fantasy).

Sunny's "Mona Lisa Betwining" is less straightforward, a bit darker and more confusing, some interesting stuff, but not really grabbing me.

8 out of 10 overall; the Briggs is the best.
Tags: anthology, book review, eileen wilks, fantasy, karen chance, patricia briggs, sunny
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