Haunted (Otherworld #5) – Kelley Armstrong
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Bantam Spectra
Page Length: 495 pages
The fifth book in the series continues the witch story-line, except this time you get to see things from Eve’s perspective. Eve is a half-demon witch, who has been portrayed as a villain in all the previous books. I was interested to see what Eve was all about, thinking we were in for some complex characterization.
Unfortunately, the hype did not live up to the actualization for me. Eve seemed like a pretty normal, well-adjusted ghost, who did not strike me as evil or dark, just slightly more willing to get her hands dirty. I was a bit disappointed, but I moved past it.
I had a hard time separating the ghost world from the real world because there was not much of a difference. Additionally, I do find Armstrong’s sexual scenes to be a bit overly vulgar at times.
However, the story was still intriguing to read and kept me on my toes. It ventured into dark alleys that I did not anticipate and created an interesting take on what the afterlife could look like.
If you enjoy adult-themed fantasy stories, then you likely will enjoy this tale. Armstrong is a strong fantasy writer, who has built a balanced paranormal world.
You can find the story on Amazon in multiple formats.
Synopsis: The afterlife isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…
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?