The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail book coverGenre: Fantasy Anthology
Publisher:  eSpec Books
Published: 2017
Reviewer Rating: four and a half stars
Reviewer: David L. Felts

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The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, brings us fun stories of your not-so-typical fairy-tale type. Here we’ve got bikers. mobsters, cowboys, assassins, criminals, and all manner of dark-side, noir characters, just about everything else you can think of that is bad-ass and from the world of the fae.

The bad-ass faeries anthologies have been ongoing for almost ten years now. The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries is the sixth book in the series and a collection of favorite tales, as voted on by fans of the series.

I haven’t read any of the others, so I don’t know if they are all reprints or a mixture of old and new. In looking at the copyrights, some are 2017, so I’m thinking there’s a new tale or two in here as well.

It’s got some heft to it, with the table of contents listing 20 stories for your wrong-side-of-the-tracks fairy adventures enjoyment.


  • The Ballad of the Seven Up Sprite, by Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano
  • House Arrest, by Keith R.A. DeCandido
  • Futuristic Cybernetic Faerie Assassin Hasballah, by Adam P. Knave
  • Hidden in the Folds, by Jesse Harris
  • Way of the Bone, by James Chambers
  • Do You Believe, by CJ Henderson
  • Within the Guardian Bell, by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
  • Twilight Crossing, by John Passarella
  • Grim Necessity, by Jeffrey Lyman
  • Moonshine, by Bernie Mojzes
  • A Not So Silent Night, by L. Jagi Lamplighter
  • So Many Deaths, by John L. French
  • The Natural Born Spy, by James Daniel Ross
  • At The Grasshopper s Hill, by Robert E. Waters
  • Selkskin Deep, by Kelly A. Harmon
  • The Face of the Serpent, by DL Thurston
  • Looking a Gift Horse, by Patrick Thomas
  • Fifteen Percent, by Jody Lynn Nye
  • Bad Blood, by Lee C. Hillman
  • Melia’s Best Wave, by NR Brown

Whew! That’s quite the list of reading enjoyment!

It’s only recently, say in the last hundred years or so, that we’ve seen the ill-intentioned fairy world somewhat transformed into mischievous tricksters. Yet going back beyond that, we can see the the Fae held humanity in contempt, as playthings for their amusement, below consideration. Take their capriciousness into a modern and or urban setting and your got this anthology a la Pan’s Labyrinth.

I particularly enjoyed House Arrest, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Futuristic Cybernetic Faerie Assassin Hasballah, Adam P. Knave, Way of the Bone, by James Chambers and Grim Necessity, by Jeffrey Lyman.

If you want a new(ish) twist on some ancient not-so-nice beings, this is a good choice.

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