Men of the Otherworld Paperback – Jan 26 2010
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"Kelley Armstrong is one of my favourite writers." Karin Slaughter
"No matter which man is narrating—Clayton, Jeremy or the omniscient narrator who kicks things off—Armstrong creates a distinct and engaging voice and depth of character while maintaining her own sophisticated style." Winnipeg Free Press
"Better than sex and chocolate." RomanceJunkies.com
About the Author
KELLEY ARMSTRONG is the internationally bestselling author of Omens and Visions, the first two books in her Cainsville series, the 13-book Women of the Otherworld series and the Nadia Stafford crime novels. She is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling young adult trilogies, Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising, and Sea of Shadows, the acclaimed first novel in her newest YA fantasy series.
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'Men of the Otherworld' is a beautifully bound collection of these stories. Two novellas, 'Savage' and 'Ascension' chronicle Jeremy Danvers' perilous rise to the Alpha throne seen through the eyes of his adopted son, Clayton. Clay, a misanthrope whose wit, and delightful moral ambiguity have made him a popular fan favorite since his first appearance in 'Bitten', provides readers with a unique insider's look at Pack life. It's interesting to hear his narrative voice change as he matures from a feral bitten child into an intelligent young man eager to embrace his role as Jeremy's best and most feared enforcer.
Two short stories bookend the novellas. 'Infusion' teases readers with its hints at Jeremy's true parentage, while 'Kitsunegari' actually reveals who, or more appropriately what, Jeremy's mother was before she met her violent and untimely end.
These stories are a real treat, and since all the proceeds from the sale of this book benefit the World Literacy of Canada, it is truly a guiltless pleasure.
That being said, I had never read the free novellas that she offered on her web site. I don't know why this is. Part of it has to do with the fact that I love holding the book in my hand. The other part of it, I guess, was that I didn't want to read anything outside the actual series of books.
I know, finicky but true.
But I was extremely excited to hear that most of the online fiction would be taken off of Kelley's web site and published into a couple of collections, the first of which is Men of the Otherworld.
I was a trifle worried that it would read like a bunch of mismatched short stories that wouldn't really flow together very well. However, I am happy to report that I was way more than wrong.
Men of the Otherworld consists of the tales Infusion, Savage, Ascension and Kitsunegari, the collection of otherworld tales actually reads like a novel. The book follows the progress of the men of the pack including Jeremy's birth, Clay's being bitten, his training and acceptance of his new life.
In fact, though these tales were written at the same time as the novels, because of how they are arranged, they make for a better read than some of the more recent Women of the Otherworld novels. Not because those novels were bad; far from it. More, I think, because there is an urgency to these tales, a need that burns off the page.
If you've never read Kelley Armstrong's novels before, Men of the Otherworld is actually a great place to start as everything but the last story takes place before the series itself.
And with all of Kelley Armstrong's proceeds going to World Literacy of Canada, you're getting a great read and doing something good. How can you go wrong?
This book is required reading by those who love the "otherworld" series. The background information regarding pack life, Clay, Jeremy and Malcolm, allows for a more comprehensive understanding into the characters psyche.
I recommend this particular series of books by Kelly Armstrong, but I recommend reading the series in the order presented by the author. Starting a new series of books, midway through the storyline is not helpful, and can be quite disconcerting. To those who have never read a book in this series, start with "Bitten" and progress to "Stolen" then proceed from there.
I love these characters and find myself hoping for further adventures, especially with Noah, Reese, Morgan and the twins.........Have I got you interested now?
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LOVED IT. It was great reading the back history of Clay, Jeremy and Malcolm. Kelly Armstrong is an amazing writer and brings such depth to her Characters.Published 20 months ago by Tammy Kovach
this book is one of my favorites just because I like knowing more about clay the other parts were okPublished 23 months ago by Sam
I love Kelley Armstrong all her books so far have kept me wanting to know more about the characters and the adventures they encounter so when I get to this one I know I will not be... Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2013 by catherine
I normally like this author. this book is terrible. I dont think she thought about somethings before she wrote them. Read morePublished on March 27 2010 by L. A. Quevillon