This week my writer of the week is Kelley Armstrong. She is slowly but surely climbing the list of my favourite authors to read. Unfortunately, she is as fast as the rest of them (I have to vent my frustration sometime) 🙂 – so as soon as I get hooked, I have to wait months on end to read sth new. Good things is that in the Otherworld series I’m lagging behind so I just finished Personal Demon. Which is something that cannot be said for the Darkest Powers series, which is actually a YA series and very good in my opinion, but unfortunately lacks the ending (for now). Due to come out May 2010. Considering I read the last this summer, you can imagine how unhappy I am I have to wait for almost a year for the last one. But hey, that’s life. Unless you are patient enough to wait for the last book of something you find interesting to come out, and then start reading. Which I strongly urge you to try and stick to – it will save you a lot of frustration.
Now I ended up writing about the wrong series. 🙂
Ok, the good thing about Otherworld series is that although some characters get more than one novel and appear in other characters’ stories, you can read almost all of them as separate and they end as a story by itself. But since characters start to appear in different books, going chronologically is the best course.
Almost all the characters appearing here were previously mentioned in other books and were important to those stories. Half-demons, sorcerers, witches, werewolves etc. live in Mrs. Armstrong’s novels in the same world as we do, but people are not aware of them. Which makes the problems characters face totally real – dealing with your demon half of which unfortunately you were unaware until hitting puberty and ending up in a mental ward sounds very plausible.
That’s only one of the possible consequences of not being entirely human but trying to blend in as a normal human being.
The thing I loved about Personal Demon is that I couldn’t figure out who did what, I mean who is behind everything (the evil master mind) until the story started unraveling. I love that! 🙂 What fun is it when you know who’s the killer?!
You know, I’m no literary critic but I feel Kelley Armstrong is getting better and better. I will certainly enjoy her books as long as she keeps writing them.
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