Haunted by Kelley Armstrong

haunted coverFormer supernatural superpower Eve Levine has broken all the rules. But she’s never broken a promise—not even during the three year’s she’s spent in the afterworld. So, when the Fates call in a debt she gave her word she’d pay, she has no choice but to comply.

For centuries one of the ghost world’s wickedest creatures has been loosed on humanity, thwarting every attempt to retrieve her. Now it has fall to Eve to capture this demi-demon known as the Nix, who inhabits the bodies of would-be killers, compelling them to complete their deadly acts. It’s a mission that becomes all too personal when the Nix targets those Eve loves most — including Savannah, the daughter she left on earth. But can a renegade witch succeed where a host of angels have failed?

Haunted is the fifth book in the Women of the Otherworld series. I go back and forth about whether or not I like this series, mostly depending on which character is the lead in the particular book I am reading. I didn’t like Elena the werewolf so very much, but I definitely liked the witch Paige. I actually put off reading Haunted for awhile because I didn’t think I would like Eve Levine. We met Eve briefly in other novels, but all we really knew about her was that she was teenager Savannah’s mother, a half-demon who essentially went “to the dark side” of witch craft and died because of it. She popped up at the end of book four, when she made a bargain with the Fates in the Underworld (easy for her to do, being a ghost and all) to save the lives of the guardians of her daughter, Paige and Lucas. That bargain gets her in her current mess, where she is sent by the Fates to track down an evil demon who is causing humans to commit terrible (and often serial) murders.

The good news is I ended up liking Eve much more than I thought I would. While she was one of “those” characters who never followed any rules, she wasn’t overtly obnoxious about being a rebel. It didn’t get on my nerves that she was never doing what she was told.  Eve also had a good sense of humor and the ability to have revelations about herself that led her to make good decisions. I also enjoyed Kristof. Kristof, one-time lover of Eve and father of Savannah, was a sorcerer and leader of one of the evil Cabals in life, but now works as a lawyer in the Underworld, and spends his free time trying to end Eve’s obsession with Savannah. He desperately wants a relationship with Eve, and works hard to help her and keep her safe while trying to prove she needs to let go of her old life and accept him as part of her new life. I liked Kristof, and I liked watching his and Eve’s relationship grow.

The ghost world was pretty cool in this book. As a ghost, Eve still had all the witch, sorcerer and demon powers she had in life. She also had the ghostly abilities to walk through solid objects and teleport. She was not the sort of ghost who could effect anything in the living world (the insurmountable problem in the way of her being able to take care of Savannah, which we hear about probably more than was really necessary). I think this is the first paranormal book I have read that was actually told from a ghost’s point of view. Oh wait, no its not, Ghost Story by Jim Butcher is also told from a ghost’s POV. OK, so it’s the second ghost-narrated book I have read. Point is, it’s not something you read very often which was cool.

My only real gripe with the book was that it started out pretty slow. Lots of running around trying to figure out how to solve the problem, rather than take any action to solve the problem. Once the action arrived though, it was great. There is a second where Eve must enter a hell dimension to gather information about the demon she is chasing. Those were some very scary scenes when Eve is running from and fighting creepy murdering psychopaths. The lack of action in the first half of the book was definitely made up for by that point. My other gripe was that we barely saw any characters we met in the previous books. Some were mentioned (like Savannah) and the necromancer Jaime popped up a few times, but that was all. I missed Paige, and even Elena a little bit. Leads me to wonder if this book and Eve’s story is really important in the grand scheme of the series. I guess I will find out when I read the next book.

This was a good urban fantasy/paranormal romance, so if you’re into that genre you will like it. It was nothing mind-blowing or exceptionally special though. You don’t have the read the first four books in the series to enjoy this one (though I would strongly recommend reading those first four books in order, whether you read them before this one or not). Next up in the series is Broken, book six.

Happy reading,

-Branwen

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One response to “Haunted by Kelley Armstrong

  1. My favourite books in this series were the ones with Elena and the Pack! Loved them! The ones with Savannah later on not so much!

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