Four Summoner’s Tales by Kelley Armstrong, et al
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
This four-novella anthology appealed to me from the first moment I saw it on Amazon. The cover caught my eye, and the premise behind each tale jumped out at me: A strange visitor comes to town, offering to raise the townsfolk’s dearly departed from the dead–for a price . . . And therein lies the theme of the whole collection. Each author has taken this idea and run with it, and done a fine job of it, I must say.
For me, two of the four stories were as tense and frightening as anything I ever read. I was on the edge of my seat, and creeped out beyond measure. Kelley Armstrong’s Suffer The Children raised the hair on the back of my neck. I’ve never read anything scarier by her, and this story makes me want to get back to her Women of the Other World series. The second story, Piper, by Christoper Golden was equally creepy and scary. Geeesh. It was hard to sleep after finishing each one of these.
Stories # 3 and #4 had less of an impact on me, though not because they were poorly written or anything. I think the plot lines just didn’t pull me in as much, though they might work perfectly for another reader. However, I wasn’t disappointed. For me, the first two stories were so powerful, I’m still very glad I bought the book. And by the way, even though raising the dead is the theme, these are not zombie stories, at all. Oh, no. A whole different kind of trouble comes calling in each of these tales.
If you enjoy strong suspense and terror, I’d say give this book a try. I’m still thinking about the various complications that arose (pardon the pun) during the Armstrong and Golden stories. *shiver* Let’s just say there are some things that are better left in the ground!
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