Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Kelley Armstrong's Living with the Dead

I finished Kelley Armstrong's Living with the Dead (2008) a couple of days ago. It is the best story of the 3 I have read (the other two being Bitten and Men of the Otherworld). Living with the Dead has clear character motives and interesting character weaknesses. It is also clear about its intent to have multiple narrators from the beginning so it doesn't raise false expectations. Nor is the focus unbalanced or unclear. It has a main character, Robyn Peltier. She is the focus of the story. Robyn is a not a supernatural but has a half-demon (Expisco demon) friend, Hope, who in turn has a werewolf boyfriend, Karl Marsten. I really enjoy the idea of a chaos-loving demon as a part of a personality and the temptations and emotional discomfort that entails.

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