Heroic Hearts is dedicated to Rachel Caine, who was supposed to be a contributor before her passing. This anthology is filled with some of my favorite authors and narrators, so naturally I devoured their stories about heroes. Whether you listen or read, this one is a keeper.
by Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, Annie Bellet, Anne Bishop, Jennifer Brozek, Kevin Hearne, Nancy Holder, Chloe Neill, R.R. Virdi.
Narrator: Holter Graham, Sean Patrick Hopkins, Travis Baldree, Alexandra Harris, Cassandra Morris, Maggi-Meg Reed, Nancy Linari, Suzanne Elise Freeman, Daniel Henning, James Masters, Johanna Parker, Luke Daniels
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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. . . .
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
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.
A fantastic collection for urban fantasy readers and listeners! From shorts in beloved series to new to me authors, narrators and series, I devoured this and highly recommend adding it to your audio collection. Some of my favorites were from Butcher, Bishop and Hearne.Heroic Hearts Anthology featuring short stories from New York Times best-selling authors Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, and more. A must have fantasy collection #audiobook #NewRelease #mustlisten… Click To Tweet
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