Living with the Dead (Otherworld #9) by Kelley Armstrong
Kelley Armstrong is one of my favourite authors. Aside from the fact that she’s Canadian, and I’m a huge supporter of homegrown talent, Armstrong is also one of the first urban fantasy authors I’ve read. She’s also created a series of books in which the narrator shifts from book to book, enabling her, and consequently her readers, to explore different parts of her world.
This book is written from a variety of perspectives, something Armstrong started in the last book, Personal Demon. It’s not a device I’m particularly fond of, but I found it less jarring in this book, at least compared to the last one. I was surprised by this, since it jumps from character to character more quickly in Living with the Dead.
I suppose I’m getting a little ahead of the game, since I haven’t had a chance to give a general description of the book. Two of the main characters in this book will be familiar to fans of this series: Hope, the half-Expisco demon reporter, and Karl, the werewolf thief. Living with the Dead also introduces us to Hope’s friend Robin, as well as a slew of other characters, including a necromancer detective named Finn, a ghost, and a couple baddies for good measure. It’s a very full novel, but the characters are introduced in such a way that the reader’s not overwhelmed.
I didn’t particularly like Hope in the Personal Demon, but she’s redeemed herself for me in this book. This book had a better plot, and I really liked how Hope’s conflict with her powers was portrayed. I’m also a big Karl fan, so any book with him makes me happy. (The werewolves are the best part of this series for me.) I’m happy to say that I enjoyed this book more than the last one, and I’m super excited about next year’s book since Frostbitten is all about Clay and Elena.