Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #0.7
In: Tales of the Otherworld (Kelley Armstrong)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasy, Paranormal fantasy, Strong women
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: ‘But Clayton-‘
How Logan ends up in Stonehaven.
Logan’s induction into the werewolf Pack was difficult, his acceptance of who he is was a big part of why he and Elena were so quickly bonded. Yet, I didn’t truly understand the difficulties of his birth into this world until I read Birthright. Reading this not only helped me to understand his relationship to the others, but also the idea of suddenly discovering a more sinister aspect to one’s heritage. Logan’s outlook and surprise at his father’s genetic lineage is a great parallel to taboo diseases such as AIDS – it is impossible to talk about, affects the rest of your life and is shrouded in a specific set of stereotypes which prevent education and acceptance in many circumstances.
This short story also helped to highlight the antagonism between Clay and Logan. From the very first moment, Clay is aggressive towards his soon-to-be Packmate, and Logan is confused by this. Likewise, Logan’s rage at Clay’s turning of Elena reflects his own frustration at never being told of his own genetic heritage. He never had a choice, and, ultimately, Clay removed that choice for Elean too.