Portents: A Collection of Cainsville TalesKelley Armstrong
fantasy > urban fantasy, short stories
Cainsville, Illinois. A town founded by fae escaping the Old World. A town both part of the world and cut off from it. A town that a young woman will run to, fleeing her past, only to discover that her past extends further than she ever imagined, into the distant history of Cainville itself.
Collected in this volume are the stories of the town's past, of the people and the fae she will eventually meet.
A child tormented by visions of fae castles and fierce dragons.
A hobgoblin who tries in vain to avoid his role in an ancient prophecy.
A boy, the product of that prophecy, who wants only a Solstice gift for his aunt.
A writer who discovers all publicity is not really good publicity after all.
An orange cat who won't quite stay dead.
Another cat with more than his nine lives, one continually reborn to right an ancient wrong.
And, finally, a story of Olivia herself, the young woman who ran there, now running away, searching for something she can't quite find.
The Screams of Dragons
Devil May Care
The Orange Cat
Matagot - brand-new for this collection
The Lady of the Lake
Kelley Armstrong (born 1968) is a Canadian writer, primarily of fantasy novels since 2001.
She has published twenty-one fantasy novels, thirteen to date in her Women of the Otherworld series, two in her Cainsville series, six in her Darkest Powers series and one in the Age of Legends series. She has also published two middle-grade fantasy novels in the Blackwell Pages Trilogy, with co-author Melissa Marr. As well, she is the author of three crime novels, the Nadia Stafford trilogy. She has also written several serial novellas and short stories for the Otherworld series, some of which are available free from her website.