Checkmate by Kelley Armstrong


Title: Checkmate
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #9.6
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasyParanormal fantasy, Strong women
Pace: Fast
Format: Free online short story
Publisher: Kelley Armstrong website
Year: 2009
5th sentence, 74th page: Clay fell in behind, letting my better nose take the lead.

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In Frostbitten, Elena mentions tracking a killer in Winnipeg. This is that story.


Elena and Clay are the dream team of hunting and justice. Clay is ruthless and protective in a way that excludes all other emotions. Elena on the other hand can be a little too protective of her family, yet is quick to ask for evidence before execution. Combined, they make a great team, and this short story was a way in which to show this without the influence of the rest of the pack.

The synchronicity with which Elena and Clay are able to finally act (after many, many fights and years of rebellion) can truly be felt in Checkmate. The ways in which the two are able to complement each other is like a chess game, they constantly play games with their prey and one another. I love this final feeling of peace between the two – they have finally found their speed, and are able to function as a truly terrifying team.

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