“Men of the Otherworld” by Kelley Armstrong

I’ve read all the Women of the Otherworld books from Kelley Armstrong, a series fantasy novels based around female supernatural heroines such as werewolves, witches, necromancers, etc. They’re exciting adventures and perfect for light entertainment.

I was dubious about reading this book, because I always felt the strength of the Women of the Otherworld was the female characters, but I was happy to be proven wrong. Ostensibly, this is a collection of two short stories, but actually it’s two short stories, and two novellas. The first short story centres around alpha werewolf Jeremy’s father, then come the two novellas, detailing how Clay became a werewolf and the story of his childhood, adolescence and integration in to the pack, before the final short story brings the focus back to Jeremy.

The great thing about the whole of this book was that it was like reading the authors notebook to a certain extent, as it’s basically the back story of the male characters in the main series. It was fascinating to go back into the history of characters I thought I knew well, and understand more about how they came to be the people they are. As I expect from Armstrong now, it was an easy style of writing, and the strong storytelling which makes you want to keep going with the book and never put it down. Pure entertainment.

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