Series: Otherworld Stories, Women of the Otherworld
Published by Plume on October 28, 2014
Genres: Adult SFF, Urban Fantasy
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*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
Rare and never-before published short stories featuring fan favorites from the New York Times bestselling series
It’s been more than ten years since Kelley Armstrong began the Otherworld series and drew legions of fans to a realm roamed by witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons. Many of the novels have become bestselling favorites, but not all of the Otherworld adventures have been easy to find. At last, Otherworld Nights shares short stories that have previously been available only online or in obscure collections. Fans have long been clamoring for this anthology and they won’t be disappointed—they’ll find plenty of surprises are in store.
According to the author’s introduction Otherworld Nights is the first of three new planned collections for the Otherworld series. She plans to include a brand new novella for each of these and the rest to be shorts that have been previously printed elsewhere.
Many of these I have already read before, but as any fan of this series might know there are soo many short stories from this world floating out there that it can be difficult to track them all down. Thus I was extremely happy to hear they were going to be put into multiple volumes for our convenience and ease of reading.
This particular collection has 8 stories focused around the various forms of love between friends, family and lovers. The one wish I have is that there were a mini forward before each story telling us where in the main novel timeline each story takes place so that they could be read in order. If you’ve read the entire Otherworld series I highly recommend this collection.
Warning if you have not read the finished/complete 13 novels from the series then reading this collection and this review will likely contain things you might consider spoilers!
This particular story is from the perspective of Adam’s mother and it’s how she learns about what his abilities are and where they come from.
Cass has to take a life, literally drink it down in her victims blood, every year on the anniversary of her birth as a vampire. It is the price every vampire must pay for their long life. But this year Cass is having a lot of difficulty making her annual kill.
Elena and Clayton Danvers are on their honeymoon when Clay realizes a mutt is stalking them and after Elena. But Elena isn’t one to just wait around for someone to handle problems for her.
A young werewolf named Reese who lives in Australia is attending college where he meets a girl and saves her from a late night attack. But their lives connect in a most unfortunate and dangerous way.
Karl (the werewolf thief) and Hope (a half chaos demon) are on a date and tonight they attend a museum function thrown in honor of some of Hope’s research by her grandmother. Karl isn’t supposed to steal anything but his sticky fingers still manage to get them into trouble.
This is the longest story of the collection ( like a novella in length) and of course that makes it the most in depth. For those that prefer full length stories this one will probably be a favorite. Its Christmas time and the family goes off into a cabin to get a little bit of family together time before the pack will come up. It is really nice to see the twins at this age and how their parenting is being handled.
FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE
The North American werewolf pack travels to Russia for a Meet. We see a little bit of action after Elena and Clayton start heading to their cabin to meet the kids after their flight but mostly I think this story is about the interesting way in which Elena “challenges” Jeremy to become pack alpha.
Savannah is called out on an anonymous tip to prevent a novice demon summoner but she arrives too late. However, the person that called in the tip still needs help. So Savannah, Adam, Paige and Lucas are determined to help protect this young man from the people chasing him. This story also really focuses on Savannah and Adam and how their relationship is settling as well as tying together the Darkness Rising YA trilogy more firmly into the main adult series.