Review published on March 3, 2015. Reviewed by Jade Cranwell
Another day, another Kelley Armstrong review. I’ve said it before and I’ll say again in case you don’t know, I am a massive fan, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Otherworld Nights. Luckily, I have not been disappointed.
Armstrong occasionally releases an anthology of short stories she has written over the years, all taking place in her fictional Otherworld series, which in all is made up of thirteen novels, starting with her incredible novel, Bitten.
Otherworld Nights brings together seven short stories, and includes one new novella, Vanishing Act, which is the continuation of Savannah and Adam’s story as they begin their new life together.
For fans of the Otherworld, this anthology is an absolute must-read. Popular characters return for new adventures, including Elena and Clayton (fan favorites) in Hidden, which, if you’re anything like me and are obsessed with following their story, you really don’t want to miss. The stories really add something to the original novels, as with Armstrong’s previous anthologies, and there is a lot of character development that adds to the information readers will already know, and presents new dangers for them to deal with.
I normally would prefer to spend my money on a full novel, but I really love reading these anthologies. The stories don’t feel rushed, and they really add to the original stories. It’s also nice to be immersed once again in this world after Thirteen, the last novel in the Women of the Otherworld series.
The other stories include Karl and Hope (Lucifer’s Daughter), and Cassandra and Aaron (Twilight). I particularly enjoyed seeing more of Cassandra, who we haven’t really seen a lot from before. You may have read one or two of the novellas elsewhere, some have been published online in the past, or on Armstrong’s website as extra stories, but it’s really nice to have them in print form and with some new material.
I cannot recommend this author enough, but don’t just take my word for it; give one of Armstrong’s novels a read and judge for yourself. Having said that, if you are new to her work, starting with this particular anthology probably isn’t the best place to begin. It helps to be familiar with the characters already to fully appreciate and enjoy these extra stories. But if you’re looking for a new author or book to try, give the Women of the Otherworld series a go. It is excellent.
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