Haunted (Review)

Book cover for "Haunted" by Kelley Armstrong.Title: Haunted

Author: Kelly Armstrong

Publication Year: 2005

Pages: 528

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

Eve Levine — half-demon, black witch and devoted mother — has been dead for three years. She has a great house, an interesting love life and can’t be killed again — which comes in handy when you’ve made as many enemies as Eve. Yes, the afterlife isn’t too bad — all she needs to do is find a way to communicate with her daughter, Savannah, and she’ll be happy.

But fate — or more exactly, the Fates — have other plans. Eve owes them a favor, and they’ve just called it in. An evil spirit called the Nix has escaped from hell. She feeds on chaos and death, and is very good at persuading people to kill for her. The Fates want Eve to hunt her down before she does any more damage, but the Nix is a dangerous enemy — previous hunters have been driven insane in the process. As if that’s not problem enough, the only way to stop her is with an angel’s sword. And Eve is no angel. . . .

(This is the fifth book in the Women of the Otherworld series, after Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, and Industrial Magic.)

Up until this book, the character of Eve was completely off-screen. Anything we knew about her was from the memories of other characters. So it was nice to get a chance to get to know her in her own words, and to open up another side of the series, to see a character who isn’t “just” plain old “good”.

I liked the way that Eve’s intricate sense of morality came out in Haunted. It played out well with the other characters, and allowed a different kind of story to be told. I also liked the added element of the mythology of the Fates and the afterlife. It was … darker than the series had been until this point, and rather interesting.

By the time I had finished reading this book, I found myself hoping that Eve would become a more regular character in the series, though it was a bit hard to predict how that could work (her being incorporeal and all). But by then, Armstrong had managed to create such a vivid and interesting character that I had to hold out hope that it could be done somehow.


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