Edited by: Christopher Golden
Published by: Titan Books
Pages: 384
Reviewed by: Naomi Downing

These are tales of witches, wickedness, evil and cunning. Stories of disruption and subversion by today’s women you should fear. These witches might be monstrous, or they might be heroes, depending on their own definitions. Even the kind hostess with the candy cottage thought of herself as the hero of her own story. After all, a woman’s gotta eat…

Eighteen tales of witchcraft from the mistresses of magic… Ania Ahlborn, Kelley Armstrong, Amber Benson, Rachel Caine, Kristin Dearborn, Rachel Autumn Deering, Theodora Goss, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and more.

AN INVITATION TO A BURNING by Kat Howard- I really liked this story, and it left me wanting more. I was not expecting what I read, burning and witches bring something completely different to mind.

BLACK MAGIC MOMMA: AN OTHERWORLD STORY by Kelly Armstrong- I have not read Otherworld but I really enjoyed this story. It was fast paced and packed a lot into a few pages.

THE NIGHT NURSE by Sarah Langan- This story will definitely leave you with unsettling feelings. The creepy atmosphere the author created definitely added to the story. This is another one where I wanted more.

THE DANCER by Kristin Dearborn- I wasn’t really into this story, it didn’t capture my attention.

BLESS YOUR HEART by Hillary Monahan- This is my favorite story in the book. It’s very fitting for the time we live in. It’s hard enough being a single mother but this mom wasn’t going to stand people bullying her son because he was gay.

TOIL & TROUBLE: A DARK-HUNTER HELLCHASER STORY by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Magdaun Kenyon- I love the Dark-Hunter series so I was excited to read this story. Unfortunately I couldn’t get into this story.

THIS SKIN by Amber Deering- Unlike most stories in this collection the witchcraft is implied. This story describes what happens after multiple murders. Deering provides multiple ideas on what happened but no one knows for certain making it true to life because people are always guessing what happened without all the facts.

I loved how this collection gives us more to witches, beyond being evil. Golden provides an eclectic mix of genres and anyone should find a story in this book that they enjoy. Golden mixes the different types of stories from one to the next giving he reader something different with each one.

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By Timothy Janson

Tim Janson has been an entertainment writer for 20 years whose credits include: Fangoria, City Slab, Newsarama, Collider, The Horror Review, Mania Entertainment, and several others. He is an avid collector of books and swords.

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