I recently read Kelley Armstrong’s Men of the Otherworld (2009) and Living With the Dead (2008). Probably I should save this for Wednesday’s TBR day but I’m not sure I’ll have time then, so here it is. (Not that it is much. But it fits the theme — being falsely accused, since that happens to Robyn in the course of LWtD. Not so much in MotO; in fact, those characters got away with murder.)
First, MotO had an edge from the start. I’d read all but the last story when they were available for free on Armstrong’s website, so reading the compilation was like visiting with old friends. (The scoop on these stories can be found here.)
Second, LWtD’s multiple POVs seemed busier and scattered to me. The cabal and council and conspiracies among the Otherworld don’t engage me. More than that, though, is the fact that I don’t feel as attached or engaged by Hope as a narrator, or by Robyn, the new character, a non-supernatural character whose POV is shared. When I look back over the Otherworld books I’ve liked best, they are dominated by Elena, Clay and Jeremy (to a lesser extent).
Afterthought: knowing that the next book is going to be narrated by Elena and Clay, and is set in Alaska, I took note of the mention of the Pacific Northwest in one of the stories in MotO, and am wondering if that is an early hint about what’s coming in Frostbitten.
Unrelated: Armstrong has a great website, IMO. Book lists, excerpts, release dates, series explanations, etc. Easy to navigate.