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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,083 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kelley Armstrong Narrator: Jen Taylor Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Women of the Otherworld Series Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781482974362
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Smart, sexy, and supernatural, the men and women of the Otherworld—a realm of witches, ghosts, and werewolves—live unseen among us. For the most part, mere mortals never suspect their existence … and that’s the way they want it. But now a reckless killer has torn down the wall between our worlds, trapping one very vulnerable—and very mortal—woman in the supernatural cross fire.

Robyn Peltier moved to Los Angeles shortly after her young husband’s sudden and unexpected death. Her hope was that her hectic new life as the PR consultant to a spoiled celebutante would provide a distraction from her grief. But when her client is murdered, Robyn finds herself on the run as the prime suspect. And as more bodies pile up around her, it seems only her friend, tabloid journalist Hope Adams, is on her side.

But Hope and her somewhat spooky boyfriend Karl know it’s just a matter of time before Robyn is caught, for she’s gotten herself in the middle of a turf war between two Otherworld races who’ll spill any amount of blood—human and inhuman—to protect what they consider theirs for eternity. The only way Hope can save her friend is by letting her enter a world she’s safer knowing nothing about.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Twisted genetics take center stage in Armstrong’s latest Otherworld adventure…Seeing the plot play out from all angles keeps the motivations intriguing and the plot moving briskly. Armstrong is synonymous with great urban fantasy!”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)

  • “The ninth installment of Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld confirms what we told you years ago: This netherworld series has wings.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Will be greeted with warm enthusiasm by fans…Accessible as a stand-alone…The characters are great: Adele is a very disturbing villain and Robyn’s grief over the loss of her husband is touching.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rarely is the ninth book in a series as fresh and entertaining as the first, but this Women of the Otherworld volume defies the odds.”

    Booklist

  • “As Armstrong readers have come to expect, this book is balanced between likable characters and the creepy evil that they fight, all wrapped together with nonstop, edge-of-your-seat action.”

    Library Journal

  • “Taylor is an excellent reader…Reflecting the youthfulness…Taylor reads in young, upbeat tones, keeping a lively pace throughout.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/31/2014

    " This was a great book. Ms. Armstrong has created a very believable alternate universe. All of the characters were very strongly drawn. It's a shame that I've come into the series at book nine. I'll definitely be going back to look at other novels by Ms. Armstrong. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Max | 1/30/2014

    " Don't think I'll be continuing this series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila Bennett | 1/30/2014

    " A typical Women of the Otherword book. This story focuses on Hope (half-demon) and Karl (werewolf) as they help Hope's human friend Robyn who mistakenly is accused of some murders that are actually done by a new race to the series - kumpania who are clairvoyant. Also introduced in the book is Finn - he is a homicide detective who just happens to see and talk to ghosts, usually at a murder scene which is very helpful to solving murders. Until he meets the others in this book, he is not aware that there are others like him and that there are also many other supernatural races. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/27/2014

    " Definitely not the best book of the series. I love that there is a werewolf presence in this book. Although Karl and Hope still aren't my favourite couple their relationship developed into a more intersting read in this book. I do hope that Armstrong is finished with this narrator now though. Overall story was fast paced and intriguing as usual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Beth | 1/24/2014

    " Not my favorite story in the Women of the Otherworld series, but I still found it enjoyable. Elena is always my favorite character, but Hope is growing on me...especially not that Karl is with her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/18/2014

    " Another Hope book. She is still not my favorite character, but the book is still good. This book is more about a human in the "supernatural" world, but I would have liked it to end with a little more detail. I can't wait for the next book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louisa | 1/5/2014

    " I loved this book, it was the first one that had a human as a MC for more then just a scene or two, and it was nice to have that presepective! It was a great book, one that I rather enjoyed reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 12/26/2013

    " My dog ate this book the other day so I will have to wait to finish it until I pick up a new copy. I only had approx 100 pages to go too! So upset! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 12/25/2013

    " 3.5 because I'm a definite Hope 4 Karl fan and I look forward to more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rawles | 12/1/2013

    " You didn't even try, Kelley. You didn't even try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tabitha Tomala | 11/19/2013

    " The writing style was way different than her other books, and the main character wasn't a supernatural. I liked the book, and it was a nice twist to the series but I hope this is the last book written with like 5 different narrators and 3 page chapters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanrina | 8/24/2012

    " A vast improvement over the previous book, and Robyn added an interesting perspective even though I would rather not have seen any more of Hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ★Rachael ★ | 8/23/2012

    " I really enjoyed this one loads of new characters that I wonder if we will see again or not? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Cunningham | 6/12/2012

    " I always fear a new character entering the POV, but I always end up forming affections for the new characters--Armstrong is great about character development! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nadia | 4/30/2012

    " Kinda went all over the place and the ending was a little meh. Liked the ghost the best, plus my favorite ghost/angel cameo'd. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 3/31/2012

    " Great book, good plot and made a change to see a human in the otherworld. Did miss some of the supernaturals that I've come to know and love through the series. Karl's interesting but Jeremy is my favourite, and just a mention of Savannah looking forward to the later books that are on the shelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 5/19/2011

    " likeable characters. absorbing plot. good dialogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle | 5/14/2011

    " Not bad at all. An entertaining read! Can't say I am a big fan of Robyn's character though. Never does as she is told even when others clearly know what's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 5/6/2011

    " kelly armstrong has some awesome stories this was the first iv read where each chapter is from another character's point of view it took a bit of getting used to but when i was i was looking forward to read the next characters chapter
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 4/21/2011

    " Total different writing style - hard to follow, remember characters, and get into. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cydney | 3/30/2011

    " The worst of the WOTW books so far, not much happening in this book, and the characters did not make me attached to them. Not bad really, just not up to par with the rest I have read in the series. Luckily, there are far better WOTW books to look forward to :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 3/9/2011

    " I liked the new style in which it was written. I really loved the new characters, Robyn and Fynn, and the missadventures they got into. It was a really nice read although sometimes I felt it the suspense was going to kill me and I just wanted to know what happened. It was totally worth it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Unwisely | 3/3/2011

    " Had sort of forgotten about this series for a few years there, but picked this up. It didn't require too much memory of the backstory, which is great because I don't remember all the details (although I did remember enough, when side characters were mentioned).

    Fun, fluffy, pleasant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/30/2011

    " i love Armstrong, her writing pulls me in everytime....usually making me late for work as I can't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/30/2011

    " Another Hope and Karl book! Very good action and intrigue. New set of supernaturals introduced in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raberta | 1/26/2011

    " I liked Robyn a lot, and I'm glad that a normal human was such a big part of the story and let into the world-- makes it that much more real to me. "

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About the Author
Author Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. All efforts to make her produce “normal” stories failed. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts, demons, and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She is the author of the Darkest Powers young adult urban fantasy trilogy, the Women of the Otherworld paranormal suspense series, and the Nadia Stafford crime series. She lives in southwestern Ontario, Canada, with her husband, kids, and far too many pets.

About the Narrator

Jen Taylor is an American voice actress best known for her role as Cortana in various Halo games, Zoey in Left 4 Dead, and the Xbox 360 game 1 vs. 100. In addition to her voice-over work, Taylor is also an accomplished stage actress and has appeared in a number of films and television series.