RaveBooklistOn the surface, the stories in Liu’s first solo collection seem to have little in common as they span from fairy tales to westerns to dark fantasy. In truth, they are united by dangerous, strong, and determined women as lead characters, and by themes of freedom and self-determination ... Fans of Liu’s paranormal romance and urban fantasy series will enjoy exploring the many facets of her imagination.
PositiveBooklistHarris fans looking for a new Sookie Stackhouse series won’t find it here. Lizbeth is far different—and more capable—than Sookie, and the tone is more bleak. However, fans of thrillers and alternate history will like this heart-pounding western.
PositiveBooklistWhether you are a devoted fan of Chicago wizard Harry Dresden or a newcomer to the series, this short-story collection is worth reading ... For new readers, this book is an opportunity to get acquainted with the sense of humor and gritty voice that Butcher has developed over the series ... These trips through the perspective of side characters will really appeal to readers who need a Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden fix and to all urban-fantasy readers.