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Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong
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*** "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 and water. "Birthright" is teen Logan, experiencing heightened senses and restlessness, directed to werewolf pack headquarters by a note from his unknown father. "Beginnings", the longest, a complete romance, is how human Elena met Clay on his first job outside the pack, fell in love, and went home to meet his family, not knowing they were werewolves. The shortest and worst are "Expectations" - Lucas, the youngest Cortez son, steals a grimoire (evil spellbook) from Eve, now single mother of Savannah; "Ghosts" - Jeremy, pack leader, remembering suffering caged images of after Clay in wolf form bit Elena because he was terrified of losing her; "Wedding Bell Hell" - all the details of Lucas Cortez and Paige Winterbourne (Savannah's guardian after Eve was killed) planning their wedding. "The Case of El Chupacabra" is confusing when narrated from different points of view. Long-winded pedantic Lucas and wife sexy Paige solve an apparent vampire murder, with a large otherworld cast including Aaron's mentor from the first tale. They decide to buy their first joint office where Savannah and Adam will help.
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