Spellbound and Thirteen

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Women of the Otherworld (12)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: 4 Aug 2011
Page count: 339pp
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

Following straight on from the eleventh book in the WoTO series, Waking the Witch, Savannah Levine, 21 year old witch and PI has just left the small town of Columbus disheartened at deaths she believes are on her head. Because of a vague wish made in her moment of grief, her powers have disappeared and she thinks that the ‘Fates’ have accepted her bargain. Her best friend and demon Adam Vasic has other ideas. He’s pretty sure it’s not a done deal, so drags her back to the town to find out what’s going on. Then to seek advice from Necromancer Jaime. Unfortunately though it isn’t the Fates who’ve done this to Savannah, and they’ve sent her deceased Mom on an investigation to find out exactly who’s stolen her powers. On top of all that, a new activist group The Supernatural Liberation Movement, are trying to ‘out’ the supernatural races.
Fraught with escalating tension, this penultimate novel in the WoTO series sees Savannah grow in maturity as she faces challenges without her powers. Added to that is her burgeoning relationship with Adam. It’s a great instalment in the series, that really kick starts the action in …

Thirteen
Women of the Otherworld (13)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Orbit
Release date: 24th July 2012
Page count: 419pp
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

NO SPOILERS ALLOWED. This review will have to be quite light, because I can’t tell you anything! At last it’s here, the eagerly awaited finale in the WoTO series. Appropriately titled ‘Thirteen’ this last full length novel in the series delivers everything but said on the tin and more.
The supernatural world is in upheaval. There is a war coming and it’s time to choose what side you fight for.
Narrated primarily from Savannah’s first person POV, Armatrong also writes some cheers from third person POV from a whole host of the female characters including Alpha Elect Elena Michaels and coven leader Paige Winterborne.
If you’ve travelled with these women for ten years, the last chance to spend time with them in this expanded universe is rewarding. This is a fitting, strong finale. But never fear, there are many more short story collections and novellas in the Otherworld universe to enjoy.

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