Title: The Case of El Chupacabra
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #6.5
In: Tales of the Otherworld (Kelley Armstrong)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasy, Paranormal fantasy, Strong women
5th sentence, 74th page: If he’s responsible for this death, then it’s a matter for the council.
Paige and Lucas pursue a murderer who may be a vampire.
There were many, many parts of this story that I loved. There was truly getting to know Kristoff’s eldest, and Savannah’s brother, Sean; discovering how Paige and Lucas obtain their own headquarters; and the discovery of a prejudice so deep and wrong (though aren’t they all) that it is almost impossible to stomach. But, mostly I just loved getting to know the character of Sean better. He is idealistic like Lucas, yet he continues to attempt to work within the system to promote a better morality within his own family.
There aren’t many LGBTQ characters in many of the books that I read. I think it’s mostly because there aren’t that many LGBTQ characters in comparison to strong male (and female leads). So, even though Sean isn’t a centre piece of the Women of the Otherworld stories, it was really nice to meet a character that faces the issues of coming out and being accepted every day of his life. I loved that Sean’s insecurities and inability to be accepted by the man who has been like a father figure, let alone the rest of his family are a great reminder as to the difficulties that many of the LGBTQ people face on a daily basis.
The prejudice that vampires face from sorcerers is exactly what all prejudices are to me. A mix of fear and misunderstandings. Fear of another’s power and the other. Luckily, the way in which this was combatted was the politic, responsible and grown response that you would expect – removing stigma, calmly explaining away misconceptions, and facing such blatant bigotry face-on.