cover image Of Wizards and Wolves

Of Wizards and Wolves

Edited by Lisa Mangum. WordFire, $36.99 (306p) ISBN 978-1-68057-421-0

True to its title, this entertaining and often moving anthology brings together 18 stories of wizards and werewolves written in honor of the late author David Farland. After a touching introduction about Farland’s importance to the genre fiction community from Kevin J. Anderson, the volume kicks off with “Magic Hands” by Storm Humbert, which uses the death of a wizard to explore how tragedy can tear a family apart. N.V. Haskell’s “Inspirational Theurgist” carries on the heavy tone, following a wizard searching out the person who will take his place when he’s gone. On a lighter note, there’s Becca Lee Gardner’s “The Punstoppable Catfish Stanley,” about a Word Wizard who uses puns to defeat monsters. While predominantly fantasy, there are a few science fiction–leaning standouts as well: “IF—Wolf” by Mike Jack Stoumbos has a man changing into a wolf within the world of virtual reality, while “Peace on the Argent” by JJ Lynn Daniels takes readers aboard a space station. These unconventional werewolf tales are balanced out by stories like Lehua Parker’s “Red,” a fresh take on “Little Red Riding Hood.” By turns heartbreaking and humorous—but always magical—this anthology is a fitting tribute that’s sure to please Farland’s fans. (Feb.)