Book Review – Manifesto UF (2013)

Manifesto UF
Edited by Tim Marquitz & Tyson Mauermann
Release Date: September 8, 2013
Publisher: Angelic Knight Press


I have to commend Angelic Knight Press; they just keep getting things right. Every book they release is great. And no, I’m not just saying this because I am one of their published authors. The proof is in the reviews. Go to Amazon or Good Reads and look up any one of their titles. You will see an average of 4+ stars on almost all of them. The readers have spoken…and they like what they’re reading. MANIFESTO UF is one of these books, and it definitely needs to be in your collection.

If you are not familiar with MANIFESTO UF, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Angelic Knight Press:

From angels to vampires, dragons to wizards, Manifesto brings together twenty-three stories full of action, snark, and unadulterated badassery. Featuring stories from Lucy A. Snyder, Jeff Salyards, William Meikle, Teresa Frohock, Zachary Jernigan, Betsy Dornbusch, and more. The time has come to make a statement, to define a genre. This is our manifesto.

In case you didn’t catch it, the UF in the title stands for Urban Fantasy. By definition, Urban Fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy defined by place; the fantastic narrative has an urban setting. Many of these stories are set in contemporary times and contain supernatural elements, however there’s no set designation for time period.

And there’s plenty of diversity in MANIFESTO UF. I would daresay that there’s something for everyone here. As mentioned above, you’ll find vampires, angels, werewolves (sort of), changelings and much, much more inside these pages.

Each story is written well and flows nicely. The unique voices from each author help to create a nice mixture of talent here, and the result is a collection that never grows stale. If I were forced to find a flaw with this group, I simply couldn’t.

One of my favorite stories is titled “Beneath a Scalding Moon” by Jeff Salyards. In this tale, a single mom takes a young man home from a bar…only to discover her sexual appetite has awakened something primal deep inside of her…something deadly. She is actually a lycanthrope, but didn’t realize until it is too late. This story is well written and even has a smidgen of wry humor to it. My favorite line in this story is this: “She couldn’t believe she had two “times of the month” to keep track of now.”

MANIFESTO UF is a definite win for me and I suggest snatching up a copy as soon as possible. The book is available now in a variety of formats.


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