Title: Zen and the Art of Vampirism
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #9.2
In: Otherworld Secrets (Kelley Armstrong) & Vampires: The Recent Undead (Paula Guran)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasy, Paranormal fantasy, Strong women
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: I just thought –
Zoe is forced to protect her turf in Toronto, and in doing so, some of her past comes to light.
I really liked meeting Zoe Tanako in Broken – she is the exact opposite to every other vampire that I have met, not only in this series, but also throughout the many other paranormal fantasy books that I’ve read. Zen and the Art of Vampirism gives a better insight into not only her character, but also her past. It also explained one of the two ways of being turned into a vampire better – the non-genetic way. Although it took a little while to understand why this short story was named thus, it did make a lot more sense in the light of her complex and incredibly surprising past.
Tee’s reappearance, and Zoe’s ability to manipulate her surrounds to suit her were thoroughly enjoyable in this story. As was the true reason behind just why she refuses to become violent with the encroachers on her territory. It is a great reminder that just because someone isn’t willing to fight, that doesn’t mean that they are unable to.