Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

Released: January 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 369
Publisher: Random House Canada
ISBN-13: 978-0-307-35726-7

Men of the Otherworld is a collection of stories about men from the Pack. They’re all about characters we’ve seen before but now we have stories from their perspective. Three of the stories have been published before, on Kelley Armstrong‘s website, as free e-fiction, but one of them is new.

The first story is Infusion. Set in 1946, it’s the story of Jeremy’s birth, told from Malcolm’s perspective. It’s a short story but a really good one. I don’t remember reading this one when it was online, so it was a nice treat. Malcolm’s not a nice character but it was neat to see him and how he interacted with his father.

The next two stories are longer and centre around Clay. The first one, Savage, is set in 1967 and it explains how Jeremy found Clayton and set about civilizing this wild child. It’s all in first person perspective so you really get to see how Clay’s mind works, and how raising him affected both his life and Jeremy’s.

In Ascension, set in 1972, talks about the race to become Alpha and how the Pack ended up splintered. These events are hinted at in the other werewolf novels in the series but it was really neat to see it unfold.

The fourth story, Kitsunegari, is set in 2007, after Living with the Dead (Otherworld #8), and explains a lot more about Jeremy’s mother’s side of the family. In Infusion, we learned that she was Japanese and had some mystical abilities; in Kitsunegari, we learn exactly what she was. It’s also a great little vignette into Jeremy’s relationship with Jaime, which I’ve always liked.

All in all, this is a great anthology. The proceeds go to World Literacy of Canada so paying to have these previously free stories in book form doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, I think it’s pretty awesome of Kelley Armstrong to do this, and encourage everyone to run out and get this book. (It should be out in paperback now. I bought this a while ago but hadn’t had a chance to review it before now.)

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