Kelley Armstrong’s short fiction is often delightfully dark, drawing as much on the horror roots of urban fantasy as it does on the fantasy. The pieces included in Led Astray are no exception–this anthology collects short stories set both in and outside of Armstrong’s established universes, most of them with more surprising twists and horrifying endings than the novels set in those same universes.
The stories range from “Rakshasi,” the story of an Indian demon tied to a master and longing for release, to “Plan B,” a tale of art, infidelity and murder that avoids anything “too expected,” aiming instead for “something more surprising there,” to “Kat,” featuring the more usual urban fantasy fare of vampires, albeit in some unusual ways.
Ultimately, Armstrong’s collection is an excellent companion to her other works for current fans, and a wonderful introduction to the author’s versatility and style for new readers.
* Review copy provided by publisher via Netgalley