This was a pretty good selection of writings. Despite the title not all of the stories featured Hellhounds; but all of them did include Hellhounds a little bit. My favorite stories were “Magic Mourns” by Ilona Andrews and “Blind Spot” by Meljean Brook. I am a big Ilona Andrews fan and this story doesn’t disappoint. Meljean Brook’s story was a surprise for me. I though Harris’s story was written in kind of an amateurish style and was my least favorite. Singh’s story was a bit too much of a romance for my taste but was set in a very interesting world. For synopsis and comments on each story see below.
– The Britlingens Go to Hell by Charlaine Harris (3/5 stars)
Two Britlingen body guards are hired to go to hell and help a client steal back something he tried to take from Lucifer. The story tone is very light and somewhat humorous. There is some action but I thought the writing was kind of amateurish. Overall I thought the story was okay.
– Angels’ Judgement by Nalini Singh (4/5 stars)
Story about guild huntress Sara. She ends up as part of an investigation into a rogue guild member who is wrongly slaying vampires. Along the way she gets paired up with the Slayer, a super sexy hunter named Deacon. There was quite a bit of action but this story was definitely romance heavy. The world building was pretty good and overall it was interesting; although I didn’t enjoy all the romance scenes that much.
– Magic Mourns by Ilona Andrews (5/5 stars)
The story is told from Kate Daniel’s friend’s (Andrea’s) point of view. Andrea gets a call from a distressed shapeshifter; it ends up being Raphael. She finds him being chased by a Cerebus. Raphael has had the hots for Andrea for a long time. They end up investigating the presence of the Cerebus and find that one of the People are involved. Just a warning about this story if you haven’t read “Magic Strikes” yet (the third Kate Daniels book) this story gives away some of the stuff that happened in that book. I was a little irritated about that because I am in the middle of listening to “Magic Strikes” and this story kind of gave away the ending of the book. Overall though it was an excellent story, with great action scenes, and it filled in some of Andrea’s history. 5/5
– Blind Spot by Meljean Brook (4/5 stars)
Maggie goes to rescue a blind man and his sister. She has a Hellhound with a strange sense of humor along for help. Lots of action and investigation. I actually really enjoyed this story and it made me want to look into more of Meljean Brook’s books. The writing style and character personalities actually reminded me a lot of Ilona Andrews.