Book: Anthology ‘Hex Appeal’ – “If you’re going to be in an orgy, the middle is the best spot, isn’t it.”

I bought ‘Hex Appeal’ because it features a story by Ilona Andrews. The cover of the anthology is pretty awful and did cause me to question if buying it was really necessary!

I was aware that the story, ‘Retribution Clause’, was set in the world of Kate Daniels rather than being a ‘proper’ Kate Daniels story; for example it is set in Philadelphia rather than Atlanta, it revolves around Saiman’s cousin, Adam.

Adam is an insurance adjuster of some sort, mostly through the use of sheer strength. He has a work partner who is some sort of shape shifter … probably, it isn’t really explored and the story is rather weird.

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It isn’t a bad story, but if I didn’t know how good an author Ilona Andrews are in the rest of their work (yes “are” as in plural) then I don’t think I would rush out to try more.

Having prioritised the Ilona Andrews story but having bought the book at very close to RRP I felt  that I should read the rest of the stories, although I’ve only read one more so far!

This was the Jim Butcher story ‘Bigfoot on Campus’ which is a Harry Dresden short story and in direct contrast to Andrews’ story I enjoyed it enough to rescue the first five Harry Dresden books from the charity shop pile that I’d dumped them in.

However I intend to finish the rest of the stories in ‘Hex Appeal’ before starting those.

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