by Kelley Armstrong
Cover Artist: Xaviere Daumarie
Review by Gayle Surrette
Subterranean Press Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596066915
Date: 31 January 2015
Forsaken is another novella in Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series. Elena Michaels is Alpha of the North American pack. The twins, Logan and Kate, are seven going on eight, but actually acting far more like teens or young adults for maturity. Clay and the twins are at the vacation rental cabin and Elena will be heading there as soon as she can get free of the meeting in London with the British Alpha, Hollis John Parker.
Parker is giving Elena a hard time. Parker is under the impression that she's just a figurehead and Clay is the real Alpha. In his mind, women are just fragile, hysterical, incompetents -- so naturally she should agree to everything he wants.
Not surprisingly, Elena is not impressed. She gives him a deadline and heads to the states and her vacation. She's fed up with Parker and worried about the call she's received from Logan to let her know Kate is acting up and being bratty. In fact, Kate has disappeared.
Astute readers will realize that maybe more is going on than just Kate trying to get even with her parents. But it doesn't take long before Elena and Clay become aware that a dangerous enemy may be involved. Inter-pack and intra-pack politics may be involved as well. This would make a thrilling plot on its own, but werewolves have a special bond to pack and their children, so emotions and tempers are running high. It's difficult to think clearly when children are in danger.
This is a real page turner and, when you finish the last page, you'll be surprised just how much happens in a novella. Forsaken is about priorities and how you achieve balance between work and family. When her family is in danger, Elena finds that she has to cope with both her need to protect and her need to take care of herself in order to protect and care for those she loves. This story deals with the very real problem that many readers face in trying to keep all the various segments of their lives -- work, family, health -- in balance.
Fans of Armstrong's Otherworld will definitely want to add this story to their collection as it continues the development of the characters and their world. Forsaken is illustrated by Xaviére Daumarie.