Bad-Ass Faeries is a themed anthology edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Lee Hillman, and Jeff Lyman. Packed full of mischief, magic and mayhem this anthology delivers a delight romp through the land of Fae. The premise that Fairies and magic exist in our daily lives without our knowledge is played to hilt with brilliant results. While most anthology of this nature end up being a mixed bag, I was surprised by the exceptional writing and creative storylines.
Warring faerie tribes, futuristic assassins, faerie westerns and a good dose of mystery and Noir fill the pages of this fun read. while some stories are light and show the fun, mischief we have often come to expect in Fae stories others take a darker turn.
"House Arrest" by Keith R.A. DeCandido,"A Pressing Problem" by Donald W. Shank, and "Down These Mean Streets A Faerie Must Go" by John Sunseri are some of my personal favorites. Private Eyes, Detectives and the Faerie Mafia make for unique and original stories.
"At The Crossroads" by Danielle Ackley-McPhail is one of the true gems in Bad-Ass Faeries and my favorite tale. A fine, exciting tale with compelling characters. At its heart, it is a compelling story about Lance a half human, half Fae man and the women he loves. Suzanne is a full blooded Fae as is her brother Gavin. All three are part of a motorcycle gang lead by Lance. But faerie society dislikes faeries who associate with humans and loathe half breeds. When Suzanne and Lance are exposed the Black Fae and his minions are sent to kill them.
Tugging at the readers heart and hitting all the right notes, "At The Crossroads" is just one example of the treasure trove waiting for readers in "Bad Ass Faeries."
Four and One Half Mystique Moons. (Outstanding)
Class One Sensuality. (Limited)
Sarah Gentili, Co-Owner Mystique Books