Monday, April 6, 2009

Review - Men of the Otherworld

Title: Men of the Otherworld
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publishing Date: January 2009
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: A
Sensuality: Warm

Men of the Otherworld is a collection of stories that Kelley Armstrong has published on her website over the years, that relates to her Women of the Otherworld series. These stories all revolve around Jeremy, Clay and their pack. Now I usually am not a big fan of anthologies, but Men of the Otherworld is quite different from most anthologies out there. First of all, all of the stories are written by Kelley Armstrong and secondly these stories all revolve around the same set of characters. They flow beautifully together and it really reads more like one long story as opposed to four short stories.

The first story Infusion, feels like a prologue at the beginning of a novel. It is about Jeremy's father, Malcolm and how Jeremy came to be in this world. There is a mystery involving the identity of Jeremy's mother. She was another magical creature, but which one is unclear. This story sets up the relationship that Jeremy and Malcolm are to have later on in the other stories.

The second and third story really blend very well together and almost read like one. They are about how Jeremy finds a young, 7 year old Clay and how he slowly introduces Clay back into society and more importantly, the pack. But not only is it about Jeremy and Clay, it is about the other members of the pack and how Jeremy evolves and grows to eventually becomes Alpha. These stories are both narrated by Clay in first person point of view. The reader truly gets a strong impression of Clay's personality. His drive and determination are there, as to be expected, but he also has a subtle sense of humor that is frank and refreshing. I found these two stories to be absolutely fascinating and superbly written.

The last story Kitsunegari, is narrated by Jeremy and feels like the perfect ending to this wonderful collection of stories. Jeremy is with Jamie in New York for one of her shows and here he finally discovers what type of being his magical mother was. It is short and sweet, but beautifully wraps up the mystery surrounding Jeremy's ancestry. Kelley Armstrong plans to release another collection of books sometime in 2010.

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Marg said...

I am really looking forward to reading this book. I do love Kelley Armstrong's books!

Tracy said...

I'm looking forward to reading this too. Great review!

nath said...

Ohhhh!! Great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :) I love Clay, he's just hilarious (although he doesn't mean)!

The next book should contain Beginnings - that's the story of how Clay and Elena met :) Pretty funny as well, although I have to say, Savage is my favorite :)

Jill D. said...

Marg, You are just going to love it.

Tracy, I didn't want to come off sounding like a total fan girl, but it is really hard not to gush about this book, or this series for that matter.

Nath, It was so nice to get inside Clay's head. I understand him so much better now. I can't wait to read Beginnings and I have to admit, I was a little disappointed that it wasn't in Men of the Otherworld. But at least I have something to look forward to!

LesleyW said...

I loved this one as well. I'd read most of the stories on the website first. But the opportunity to have them in print was one I couldn't pass up. A brilliant addition to the Otherworld series. :)

Jill D. said...

Lesley, I didn't get a chance to mention it, but the proceedes from the book sales are going to a Canadian charity to fight literacy. I thought that was really awesome of Ms. Armstrong to reach out like that.

I am really loving this series. I think it just keeps getting stronger and stronger. Now that I am all caught up, I will have to read her YA books that she has just come out with.