ANGELS OF DARKNESS
Angels (or winged beings) are the subject of this outstanding new anthology from four authors at the top of their game. The tone is darkly ominous in these tales as legendary and original creatures are brought vividly to life. Three of the stories are offshoots from the authors’ existing worlds, while one world is brand new. Treat yourself to a sizeable helping of paranormal/urban fantasy goodness!
Simply superb Singh kicks things off with “Angels’ Wolf,” which answers the question about what happened to the previously brutally tortured vampire Noel. He has been sent to Louisiana to help solve the attempted murder of a seductive and powerful angel. Awesome Andrews’ “Alphas: Origins” sets up a hazardous world where an unsuspecting woman and her young daughter are forcibly drawn into a superhuman civil war and placed at the mercy of a man who maybe a literal monster. “Nocturne” by perennial fav Shinn focuses on a determined woman’s quest to unlock the mystery hidden away at the remote school where she now works. Finally rising-star Brook delivers “Ascension,” which reunites Guardians and former lovers Marc and Radha as they hunt those who have been killing local vampires under Marc’s protection. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Oct., 416 pp., $15.00)