Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #0.3
In: Men of the Otherworld (Kelley Armstrong)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasy, Paranormal fantasy, Strong women
5th sentence, 74th page: In…” Malcom glanced at his watch.
I just LOVED finding out the story behind Clayton’s transformation into a werewolf. The dry wit and humour that characterises him throughout Elena’s tales in The Women of the Otherworld series shines beautifully from the pages of this novella. Clay’s voice shows us that our preconceptions of people can be wrong – from the very moment he is intelligent and cunning, combining this childish mind with that of a wolf made him a slightly awkward and successful predator from the age of seven. Even if he was unable to physically show his prowess to others who were far bigger and more terrifying.
The break down of this novella into short chapters helped to give the entire story flow. It also broke up the time through which Clayton’s trust and dedication to Jeremy was built. Where I didn’t understand this level of devotion in the greater Women of the Otherworld novels, Clayton’s childhood (pre- and post-wolf) finally helped me to see why he chose to effectively become his alpha’s shadow. His loyalty and slight quirks are so beautifully explained throughout this story, and where some of his actions towards Elena later can be seen as possessive and indications of an abusive relationship, in the light of Clayton’s upbringing and absorption into the Pack, they can be understood. The depth of his love and regard for those he considers his is seen through his own, unassuming eyes. And honestly, it’s this loyalty (and incredible dry wit and humour) that makes Clay my favourite Women of the Otherworld man.
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