Shadow Souls by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes is a collection of short stories that are based around Dark Urban Fantasy. The collection is based around some characters that have both Dark and Light in them showing us that everyone has some of both in them no matter which way they seem.
Shadow Souls initially was a concern after the first short story written by Jim Butcher as I had expected another collection of short stories centred around The Dresden Files just written by different authors. I don’t know why but that was what I was expecting. However, as it unfolded I was quite glad it didn’t because it has added some new authors to my TBR list and new series just as I am coming to the end of The Dresden Files.
The stand out stories in this collection for me was obviously the Cold Case by Jim Butcher because it goes into Molly’s view on the winter court. It is nice to see the Dresden Files again from another person’s view like we did in Side Jobs. The other ones that caught my eye were Sleepover by Seanan McGuire, Peacock by Kat Richardson, Eye of Newt by Kevin. J. Anderson and Sales Force by Kristine Rusch. All for a similar reason but had something different Eye of the Neut was more comedy and Sale Force was more built on love, romance and loss.
Shadow Souls got 4/5 on my Goodreads because it wasn’t quite what I expected but I really did enjoy it and it has opened me up to new authors and stories I might enjoy. I did find some stories harder than others but on the whole, I enjoyed all the stories and would recommend picking up short stories anthologies to anyone as it gives you a chance to read authors you wouldn’t normally read.