Otherworld Nights

Plume. Oct. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780452298347. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780698173491 FANTASY
This anthology set in Armstrong's "Otherworld" universe contains six short stories and two novellas. Aside from the second novella, all the other works have appeared elsewhere, either online or in other collections. The new work, "Vanishing Act," is set after Thirteen and centers on Savannah and Adam, who are trying to protect a young teleporting half-demon from being snatched up by one of the Cabals. However, personal issues intrude and the duo must make some tough decisions about their future. Other stories feature werewolves Elena and Clay trying to protect their young twins, Reese's traumatic backstory, and Cassandra coming to terms with being a vampire. Armstrong has created an intricate world filled with captivating supernatural characters. She takes advantage here of shorter formats to explore side stories, or to fill in blanks.
VERDICT Readers of the "Otherworld" series will enjoy this anthology, although serious fans will have already read most of the stories. This title is too specialized to attract new readers. Armstrong plans to release two additional volumes.
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