This uniformly excellent anthology starts off strong and proceeds to weave in plenty of action and dark magic. Nine of today's top paranormal authors provide exciting offerings that explore various forms of magic: the good, the bad and the really ugly. Each of these tales plays to the author's unique voice and talent. There's something here for every supernatural taste.
In Rachel Caine's "Death Warmed Over," the police request that resurrection witch Holly Caldwell bring back Andrew Toland, the legendary witch who fought a zombie army. Charlaine Harris serves up "Bacon," where a vampire is out for vengeance against those who murdered her husband. Other offerings are from Karen Chance, P.N. Elrod, Caitlin Kittredge, Faith Hunter and Jenna Maclaine. (ST. MARTIN'S GRIFFIN, Jul., 384 pp., $14.99)