Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #5.3
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasy, Paranormal fantasy, Strong women
Format: Free online short story
Publisher: Kelley Armstrong website
5th sentence, 74th page: It had started a few months ago, when he’d run into trouble with a Cabal.
Xavier gets the “From Hell” letter theft job.
One thing that never made sense throughout Broken was why Xavier wanted Jack the Ripper’s Letter from Hell. He never got the object in the end, and he wasn’t in the least bit bothered by this. Yes, it was to be obtained for a third party, but still, for a half-demon character such as him, I honestly expected more of a response. Bargain helps to explain this discrepancy. And just how the entire job (and resulting tale) came about.
The bargain which Xavier attempts to make with Elena leads to calamity after calamity, but his initial need to contact her seems incredibly awkward and weirdly timed. Yet, his need to expand his contacts (and the creepily sexual way in which he views the female werewolf) make this action all the more plausible. His drive becomes more visceral, and it is easier to find the motives of such a slippery and convoluted character. One which is incredibly selfish and self-important.