Tales of the Otherworld
by Kelley Armstrong
Cover Artist: Katarina Sokolova
Review by Gayle Surrette
Bantam Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780553807882
Date: 13 April 2010 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
In the introduction to Tales of the Otherworld, Kelley Armstrong explains how she developed an annual tradition of writing a story for her fans and posting it on her website. The stories were based on the results of reader polls. The first volume Men of the Otherworld cover the werewolves we'd come to know throughout the books. This time the stories are a mix, adding additional insight into many of the other reoccurring characters from the novels. The proceeds of both of these books go to the World Literacy of Canada. If you're a fan of the novels, you really need to get these books to fill in some of the background you've probably wondered about and besides you'll be helping a good cause.
Tales of the Otherworld has an Introduction and eight stories. Each story features one of the main characters from The Otherworld Novels.
Rebirth: Aaron Darnell helps those in need when he can. He's big and brawny and most of the time just standing up to the bully puts and end to the fight. But when he steps in to stop the beating of someone in an alley, things go horribly wrong. He learns that his mother's side of the family has a secret. That secret is now changing his life and he's not sure he can live with the changes that will be required of him.
Bewitched: Ever wonder how Eve Levine and Kristof Nast got together and what drove them apart? Well, I have. The novels where Eve and Kristof appear hint at their past. "Bewitched" finally fills in the details. It may or may not be as you suspected.
Birthright: Logan Jonsen finds out about his birthright the hard way. He's sent to Stonehaven to ask for Jeremy Danvers with no information about how to act or why he's being sent. Logan, unprepared, walks the razor's edge between life and death.
Beginning: For me this was the best story of the book. At last, we get the story of how Elena Michael and Clayton Danvers met at a university in Toronto. It may not be exactly as you thought but it is filled with great Clayton and Elena moments. The point of view shifts between the two of them so you get both sides of this story.
Expectations: Lucas Cortez steals a book from Eve Levine and learns a very valuable lesson.
Ghosts: Jeremy is the narrator for this story as he reminisces over Clayton bringing Elena to Stonehaven and its aftermath for Clayton, Elena, the Pack, and for Jeremy as alpha.
Wedding Bell Hell: Weddings are considered to be one of the top stressors in a person's life. When Paige Winterbourne and Lucas Cortez decided to get married they knew that if they were going to invite Lucas' father there would be problems. They just had no idea how difficult it would be to keep the wedding on track so that it was their wedding, not Lucas' father's dream wedding.
The Case of El Chupacabra: Sean Nast was in the wrong place at the right time to learn of a series of deaths that look like they were done by a vampire. He brought the deaths to the attention of Paige Winterbourne and Lucas Cortez. He's really trying to save himself the embarrassment of explaining how he happened to be there. But this simple case of finding a rogue vampire turns out to be far more complicated for all of those involved.
Every story was definitely worth reading. This is a book that all fans of The Otherworld Novels will want to add to their collections to fill in some of the characters' history. Those new to the series may find some of these stories introduce them to a world and to characters they'd like to know more about.