Tales of the Otherworld (Otherworld Stories, #2)
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Tales of the Otherworld (Otherworld Stories #2)

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Kelley Armstrong's gripping and imaginative short stories are brought together in this collection. A young vampire learns the heavy price of his new existence; black witch Eve Levine meets Kristof Nast, her soul mate and her nemesis; and Paige Winterbourne discovers just how fraught a white (witch) wedding can be.
Kindle Edition, 446 pages
Published (first published April 13th 2010)
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Kat Kennedy
Aug 03, 2010 Kat Kennedy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Women of the Otherworld series
Recommended to Kat Kennedy by: Tatiana
This is only a review for Elena and Clay's portion of Tales of the Otherworld as I never read the series past Stolen and they were the only couple I was interested in.

In some ways, I was really glad I'd read it and in others I somewhat despaired. Beginnings is the story of how Clay and Elena met and fell in love, roughly set ten years before Bitten where they finally resolve their issues and relationship.

And that's the big problem for me. I'd always imagined, while reading Bitten, that they had...more
AH
As I was reading this book, I felt like I was back with some old friends. Two summers ago, I tore through Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. I love the books. I can’t get enough of my favourite characters. I want more!

I did get more. I got more Clay and Elena, more Paige and Lucas, and more of the rest of the great cast of characters that inhabit this world. This is a collection of 8 stories featuring these characters. My one and only criticism is that a few of the shorter stori...more
Chris
The stories in this collection are mostly okay. There are two and half stand-outs, but the rest of the stories aren't bad, but just okay. However, one cannot but be joyful at the reason for this book's publication and its use in raising money.

The two stand out stories are the story of Eve and Kristof's relationship and the story of Elena and Clay up until the bit that forms the basis for the interaction in the first novel of the Otherworld series.

In many ways, Eve's story is better, the charact...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
I ordered a signed copy of this book a few days ago with the warning that I wouldn't receive it until May and then to my surprise it came through my letter box this morning!

The Introduction explains that these stories were all previously available online on the author's website except of course the new story, Bewitched.

Rebirth - This is Aaron's story (first seen in Stolen) of how he became a vampire and how he met Cassandra (also first seen in Stolen). I found this story interesting as it expl...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
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It's been a few months since I've read a book by Kelly Armstrong but within moments of starting this one I was reminded why she's one of my all-time favorite authors. Her writing skills are top notch and her characters are so real I feel as if they're my friends. Tales of the Otherworld is a real treat for both new and old fans because it offers a peak into this series without commitment but also offers new insights into your favorite characters. There was one particular s...more
Cindi
For those of you who love Kelley Armstrong like I do, I suggest you read this group of shorts/novellas that touch on several series characters and explore the first meeting of Clay and Elena. If you are able, BUY this book (vs. borrow or check it out) because Ms. Armstrong has published Tales ONLY as a charitable endeavor. What a generous lady!

Normally I do not care much for short stories, novellas and anthologies because there is never enough time to bond with the characters. Tales, however, ha...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Aug 01, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of the Otherworld Series
I greatly enjoy Armstrong's Otherworld books. I wouldn't recommend starting with this one if you haven't read them--these are a grouping of 8 stories, including one novella, and I think their primary pleasure comes from seeing them fill in the gaps in the histories of some favorite characters. They'd definitely act as spoilers for those early books and without that background some readers might be a bit lost, or at least miss some of their impact without the context. So go read Bitten and Stolen...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
I enjoyed reading the Tales of the Otherworld, but would suspect it is a book largely for fans.

"Rebirth" is a vampire birthing tale, which was moderately interesting. I had forgotten how vampires worked in Armstrong's world. "Bewitched" was one of the better stories, and describes the meeting and sweet romance between Eve Levine and Kristof Nast. I've always had a problem with Eve's character in Armstrong books, because her characterization varies so much depending on which book/story. When she...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
I enjoyed reading these stories, it all helps build a better picture of the Otherworld. Here's a small review of each story in no particular order.

The Case of El Chupacabra. Forgive me if this was explained in other books, I might've overlooked it, but I didn't know that Sean Nast was gay. That is actually pretty cool, I'm ok with that and want to see where this will go. I liked seeing Lucas and Paige in a more day to day operation investigating this case, and we also have a guest appearance by...more
Kathy
what an idea... a collection of stories (like the 'Men of the Otherworld') that take snipets from her otherworld novels, and fills in what happened. What a concept...

This one introduces Aaron's heredity discovery of being a vampire... and Cassandra helping him..

Eve & Kristof's romance (ahhhh), that ended with her pregnancy & his father's interference...

Logan, a hereditary werewolf of unknown parentage, sent to Jeremy Danvers just before his Change at 18 years old - I don't remember him...more
Jodi
It's hard not to enjoy a book that has a novella with Clay and Elena. These are short stories set within the Otherworld that Armstrong wrote for her website based on fan request. The Eve/Kristof story, narrated by Eve, is the story of her involvement with him and why she left. In fact, most of these stories are backstories. As such, they lack the immediacy of the books. But learning how Aaron became a vampire and chose to live or setting the stage for Lucas and Paige to run a Cortez office in Po...more
An Odd1
*** "Tales of the Otherworld" are eight short episodes, in chronological order by Kelley Armstrong, from boring to passionate. I like the first two, complete stories, not entangling too many names. "Rebirth" is Aaron, medieval farmboy, unknowingly inheriting vampirism from his mother, accidentally knifed while rescuing innocents, as usual. "Bewitched" is Eve Levine giving lessons, then giving in, to Mafia family style Cabal leader Kristof Nast, in a recent time when witches and sorcerers are oil...more
Carolyn F.
Anthology by same author. 3.5 stars. Better than average anthology.

1. Rebirth - This is about Aaron, the vampire, and how he came to be a vampire. Also how he tried to do his yearly kill in order to live without becoming a horrible person. ***

2. Bewitched - This story is about Eve and Kristof and now I understand how they got together and why. He was actually a man trying to work for his corrupt family but stay a good man and good father. Very sad ending. ****

3. Birthright - About the werewolf...more
Sho
I have read most of the stories included in this anthology on the author's website, when it was posted there for free. It was nice to read them again and enjoy the background prospective of the characters in her books.

Stories:
Rebirth (How Aaron became a vampire)= interesting
Bewitched (How Eve and Kristof Nast met and became involved)=was really touching
Birthright (How Logan came to Stonehaven)=nice back story
Beginnings (How Elena became werewolf)
=for a fan this story is a must! gives good back...more
Annie
This is a collection of Otherworld short stories and novellas. As a whole, I enjoyed it. If you've read the Otherworld series, you know that the books don't immediately follow right after each other. Time elapses and the characters lives continue (as they did prior to the start of Bitten), but we don't get to see it - they're dark places. You have to think of these stories as illuminating some of those dark places. They don't answer everything and they don't always have a neat, tidy ending, but...more
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I first fell in love with Kelley Armstrong through Industrial Magic and Dime Store Magic, her novels featuring Paige Winterbourne. Paige was capable, strong, wielded magic and didn’t need leather to save the day. Don’t get me wrong, Armstrong is a fabulous writer and her Women of the Otherworld series is unique and engaging; but even as Paige led me to other books in the series, I found that I missed Paige, her voice and her life with Lucas and S...more
Anna
l've come to the conclusion that I only really like Armstrong's short stories and werewolf tales. This comes as bit of a revelation, as, although I like werewolf tales well enough, I don't normally like short stories. However, Armstrong's shorts have several benefits: she writes snapshots better than extended storylines, as they tend to be more focussed in terms of location and narrative direction, avoiding dull dialogue, descriptions and journey times. If she was being paid by American Airlines...more
Lorre
I didn't read these stories one after the other but in the reading order given by Kelley Armstrong on this handy PDF checklist.

Rebirth - 19 pages
About Aaron and how he got to be reborn as a vampire... I liked Aaron and I really hope he's a character that will appear further in this series!

Bewitched - 64 pages
I loved this story!!! I've already read (and loved) Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising series and I had no idea Women of the Otherworld would have common elements. It was...more
Kathy Davie
A couple of the tales are somewhat independent; the rest fill in background on the principal characters in Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series.

Rebirth tells of Aaron's introduction to the undead life; Aaron, today, is a co-delegate on the Council with Cassandra.

Bewitched is the story of how Kristof and Eve met, their singular courtship, and why Eve left.

Birthright chronicles Logan's introduction to the Danvers Pack.

Beginnings finally gives us the background on Clay and Elena's courtship e...more
Nancy O'Toole
Tales of the Otherworld is the second collection of short fiction which takes place in the Otherworld universe. The first collection, Men of the Otherworld, was unique as it almost read like a novel, telling us the history of the werewolf pack, while focusing on the characters of Clay and Jeremy. Tales of the Otherworld is a little closer to what you’d expect from such a collection, delivering us the stories that couldn’t fit in the Otherworld novels. Like Men of the Otherworld, the short storie...more
Leanne Bell
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Jill Dunlop
Tales of the Otherworld is a collection of short stories by Kelley Armstrong. These stories are a part of Kelley's Otherworld series. I am going to review this collection of stories as one book, instead of reviewing the individual stories. Each story pretty well ties into each other and it will just be easier for me to give an overall review.

I absolutely loved Tales of the Otherworld, if for no other reason than it had the story of how Clay and Elena met. For those readers who are familiar with...more
Adam
Post listen review:

It seems that there are a lot of fans of this series. At least that is what it seems like from the amount of books the library has of these. I am not a fan. In this book there are a ton of werewolves, vampires, witches etc. So much so that they have councils and delegates to deal with supernatural inter-racial relations just to balance it all out. Everyone’s mother, sister, brother, cousin uncle, friend, fiancée etc. is one of these supernatural beings yet every time someone w...more
Jessica (Rabid Reads)
Rebirth - How Aaron became a vampire and met Cassandra.

Bewitched - This is the story of how Eve and Kristof met and fell in love. And also the specifics concerning why she left him. Fair warning--it's as lovely as it is heartbreaking.

Birthright - Logan POV. How he joined the Pack.

Beginnings - At close to 200 pages this is closer to a short story than a novella (not that I'm complaining). It's included in the Tales of the Otherworld collection, and it is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

I'm talking OMGOMG!! amazing...more
Susana
Review to be translated

De todas as séries de fantasia urbana ( e restantes subdivisões) esta série da K.A é das minhas preferidas, por isso já sabia que ao comprar este livro não ia ter desilusões.

Para quem já conhece a série e os seus protagonistas, esta é oportunidade de clarificar certas situações e de ficarmos a conhecer como muitos deles se conheceram .
" Rebirth", conta-nos como Aaron se transformou em vampiro e como ele e Cassandra se conheceram.

"Bewitched" é acerca de Eve Levine e Kris...more
Honour
I picked this up solely for the Elena-Clayton story. Paige and Lucas were a bonus and I even liked Kristof and Eve's story.

Not disappointing me, the book covers Elena and Clay's first meeting, their budding relationship, the difficulty with which Clay keeps his secret from Elena when what he wants most is to confide in her and the moment when everything finally unravels, in satisfying detail. This story itself is a good length novella and I'm very grateful for it.

I'm picking up the book again af...more
Jess
This collection is a lot better than Men of the Otherworld, and not just because it involves a short story where Paige attempts to give Lucas a blow job while on a stake out. But really, the long stories in this, the one of Eve and Kristof's relationship, of Elena and Clay's pre-bite courtship, and then Paige and Lucas's wedding and the story of how they got their office, they're just so much stronger. And Sean!!! I demand more Sean. I want a story set 20 years in the future when Sean is running...more
Donna
A good book for those who have read at least three or four of Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. This is a collection of short stories which fills in some of the back stories relating to characters in the full length novels. For example we get to see how Clay and Elena met, how Aaron became a vampire, and Eve and Kristof's history.
The werewolves are my favourite characters in these books so I was pleased that the longest of the stories featured Clay and Elena. But all the others...more
Steph the Divergent_Demigod
When I saw this book, I'll admit I got a little excited. The stories actually sounded interesting, and having finished the whole series (twice) I was eager to read more about the supernaturals that I had grown to love. I did however manage to keep my cool..... for all of 5 seconds, after which I ran to my tablet so fast you'd have thought I teleported. As soon as I started reading, I was hooked. Finished it in one night, though not because it was an amazing reading experience that I simply could...more
Karen
I loved these stories because they really helped fill in some blanks in their tales. Understanding Clayton's reasons for what he did makes him much more than a one dimensional character we first see in BITTEN, the first book of the Otherworld series. First read 12/12. I wish I had read this before Bitten but I may go back and re-read it just to enjoy it more.

The stories were good the second time around too, helping me fill in gaps as I start up the series again, very good.
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a...more
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