Review: Dark and Stormy Knights


Dark and Stormy Knights

 Title: Dark and  Stormy Knights  Author: P N Elrod (editor)
 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin  
 Published: 2010  Genre: Anthology, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural, Magic, Vampires

 Why Picked:

Saw it at the library and noticed it had a story by Jim Butcher and Ilona Andrews both of whom are recent finds.


It was a dark and stormy knight, and nine dark defenders embarked upon a most perilous quest….

They’re the ultimate defenders of humanity—modern day knights who do dark deeds for all the right reasons. In this all-star collection, nine of today’s hottest paranormal authors bring us thrilling, all-new stories of supernatural knights that are brimming with magic mystery and mayhem.

John Marcone sets aside his plans to kill Harry Dresden to go head-to-head with a cantrev lord in Jim Butcher’s Even Hand.  Kate Daniels is called upon for bodyguard duty to protect Saimen, a shifter she trusts less than the enemy in Ilona Andrews’ A Questionable Client.  Cormac must stop a killer werewolf before it attacks again on the next full moon in Carrie Vaughn’s God’s Creatures.  And in Vicki Pettersson’s Shifting Star, Skamar gets more than she bargained for when she goes after a creature kidnapping young girls—and enlists the aid of her frustratingly sexy neighbor.

When everything’s on the line, will these knights complete their missions and live to fight again another day?  Find out in Dark and Stormy Knights! [1]


A Questionable client / by llona Andrews —

Even hand / by Jim Butcher —

The Beacon / by Shannon K. Butcher —

Even a rabbit will bite / by Rachel Caine —

Dark lady / by P. N. Elrod —

Beknighted / by Dreidre Knight —

Shifting star / by Vicki Pettersson —

Rookwood & Mrs. King / by Lilith Saintcrow —

God’s creatures / by Carrie Vaughn.


This was pretty uneven for me.  I really enjoyed some of the stories but others left me quite cold.  I wonder if it is related to having a familiarity with the author.  The best of the lot are Ilona Andrews’ “A Questionable Client,” Jim Butcher’s “Even Hand,” and Rachel Caine’s “Even a Rabbit Will Bite.” Of the three, I think that “Even a Rabbit Will Bite” is my favorite.  It focuses on the last remaining dragon slayer and her replacement.  Chosen by the Pope, a dragon slayer must be strong and smart but how do you train a replacement who is not all she seems?

I was really bored by “God’s Creatures” by Carrie Vaughn, “Rookwood & Mrs. King” by Lilith Saintcrow, and “The Beacon” by Shannon K. Butcher.  All felt very “been there, done that” to me.

Dark Lady was intriguing and with its noir feel I might pick up the first of the series The Vampire Files.”
“Shifting Star” felt like a chapter in a book midway through.  I couldn’t get a handle on the characters and therefore had to force myself to finish it.
Three, maybe four, out of nine enjoyable stories makes me wonder if there is just too much urban fantasy out there these days.