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[Review] HAUNTED by Kelley Armstrong

[This is the fifth in a series of posts counting down to the last in Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series, THIRTEEN, set for release July 24, 2012. ~~ 1.BITTEN; 2. STOLEN; 3. DIME STORE MAGIC; 4. INDUSTRIAL MAGIC]

Cover Copy:  Former supernatural superpower Eve Levine has broken all the rules. But she’s never broken a promise– not even during the three years she’s spent in the afterworld. So when the Fates call in a debt she gave her word she’d pay, she has no choice but to comply.

For centuries one of the ghost world’s wickedest creatures has been loosed on humanity, thwarting every attempt to retrieve her. Now it has fallen to Eve to capture this demi-demon known as the Nix, who inhabits the bodies of would-be killers, compelling them to complete their deadly acts. It’s a mission that becomes all too personal when the Nix targets those Eve loves most– including Savannah, the daughter she left on Earth. But can a renegade witch succeed where a host of angels have failed?

My Thoughts: HAUNTED is possibly my favourite of the Otherworld series. I really liked Eve. She’s rebellious, but super-protective of her daughter. Being dead, she’s caught between a rock and hard place, and I think these kinds of situations make for some excellent character building. Also, we are presented with some excellent new monsters/species.

Before she was killed, Eve Levine was a powerful witch. For three years, she’s been stuck in the afterlife. Now the Fates want her to hunt down a body-inhabiting killer on the loose in the real world, and she’ll have to get the job done before the killer targets her daughter, Savannah.

Eve is definitely not an angel. When she was alive, she got into some forbidden, dark magic. She also had a child with a sorcerer, which is considered a huge no-no in the Otherworld universe where witches and sorcerers are kind of like the Montagues and Capulets.

But Eve is no demon, either (though she is a half-demon). Her actions show she cares about people. In this story the Fates call in the favour Eve owes them for saving the lives of Paige and Lucas (at the end of INDUSTRIAL MAGIC). So, she saved Paige and Lucas, and she deeply loves her daughter, and still cares about her lover Kirstof Nast, but she also a rogue with an attitude of “I don’t give a shit about anybody else but me.” She’s a wonderfully complex character.

The Fates want her to track down the Nix, a demi-demon with a penchant for chaos whose particular trick is to provide the will power women need to commit murder. Previous hunter of the Nix have gone mad. I thought this was a fabulous antagonist. Great risk for Eve. Lots of tension.

Assisted by her lover, Kristof Nast, and the Angel Trsiel, Eve sets out to hunt the Nix. But the demi-demon will not be easy prey. Using Jaime Vegas to contact the Nix’s previous partners, Eve discovers that the Nix is willing to go to any lengths to secure the chaos she feeds upon—putting the people Eve cares about most at risk. Eve must stop her before it is too late, even if that means taking the last resort—becoming an Ascended Angel and giving up her life with Kristof.

If you were not into Kelley Armstrong’s werewolves, vampires, witches or sorcerers, give HAUNTED a try.

Rating: A-
Series: Women of the Otherworld
Publisher: Seal Books/Random House, 2005
Acquired: Purchase

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