35 stars Review originally published on wwwfantasyliteraturecomKelley Armstrong has published several series of urban fantasy and paranormal novels including her WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD contemporary fantasy series in which werewolves vampires and other supernatural creatures live alongside humans and the CAINSVILLE series focusing on the lives in and around a town with mysterious supernatural elements Her latest book Led Astray is a collection of twenty three short stories many of them set in the worlds created in her series although several stories are stand alone This is an eclectic collection primarily urban fantasy but running the amut from high fantasy to The Infinite Air ghost stories to horror with a few non fantasy tales thrown in forood measure It s a bit of a mixed bag but there are a few very The Spill good stories in the collectionSome of the standout stories The Kitsune s Nine Tales from the AGE OF LEGENDS universe Alvar Kitsune the former marshal of the imperial army is sentenced to death by the emperor as a traitor Theuard Senri is charged with taking Kitsune from the capital city to the Forest of the Dead to meet his fate Kitsune had been Emperor Tatsu s closest friend before his betrayal and the emperor warns Senri You know his clan s totem The nine tailed fox Yes The kitsune The trickster There are many ways Alvar will attempt to escape and before you leave I am Pandoras Planet going to tell you every one A fascinatingame of psychological cat and mouse ensues as Senri and his Is It Bedtime Wibbly Pig? group ofuards attempt to make certain that Kitsune doesn t escape his fate Last Stand A stand alone tale set in the zombie apocalypse with sympathetic characters and an interesting twist Things aren t always as they may seem The Door Another stand alone short story in which a husband and wife and their two daughters live in isolation in a home with two doorsWhen Momma or Daddy went out they d How To Win At Casino Gambling go through the first one and then they d close it before she d hear them open the other That was the real door The one that led to terrible things and she had no idea what those things were nor had her parents even said they were terrible but she knew She just knewWHAT IS BEHIND THE DOORKelley Armstrong effectively creates an atmosphere that includes both tension and poignancy as the parents scramble to hold on to a little bit of happiness for their family and the older daughterradually begins to understand the costs involved Suffer the Children Addie a half wild twelve year old orphan lives in Chestnut Hill a small town in what appears to be a post apocalyptic world A diphtheria epidemic has just decimated the town killing thirty six people one third of its inhabitants and the vast majority of their children Two strangers come to town promising miracles for a price Addie and her adoptive father the town preacher feel that there s something unwholesome about these two men but most of the folk in town are so dazzled by the strangers promise to bring some of their children back to life that they shut their ears to any who try to voice a warning There is magic in this tale but its strength is in the psychological exploration of the various inhabitants of Chestnut HillSeveral of these stories are superficial and a little simplistic a little light on the world building and characterization although they may appeal to readers who are familiar with Kelley Armstrong s universes in her various book series Some of the stories relied too much on the twist factor to make the tale and could have used some additional depth There is also a fair amount of ore and disturbing content along with a few sexual scenes although relatively little of the typical paranormal romance appears in these pages This collection should have a strong appeal for Kelly Armstrong s fans and other readers who like a mix of paranormal fantasy and light horror I found the standout stories intriguing enough that I m interested in checking out some of Kelley Armstrong s novels If Ray Bradbury had written this story it would ve been devastating But it wasn t written by Bradbury I wish it had been the idea seems like one he would ve loved Sadly I just don t care for Armstrong s writing at allA little irl has always been told not to open the door At first this seems like the very normal sort of stricture that most parents place upon their young children But When Not to Build gradually we realize that this family is not in a normal situation and that there s a reason for the rule Arc provided by Tachyon Publications through NetgalleyAs someone who has read and loved the entire Women of The Otherworld series as well as the Darkest Powers trilogy and lets not forget The Darkness Rising series I am a big fan of this authorAnd there s a reason to that Kelley Armstrong s writing does not disappointThis book is anotherood example of that If you want an anthology filled with stories that will leave you shock surprised this is just the thing for youHave fun and don t be scared by the hostsor the werewolf s or just the nice friendly zombies Rakshashi standalone 25 Stars Honestly I didn t start as a big fan of this one I had no i Kelley Armstrong is an author who always seems to deliver top notch urban fantasy and this collection of short stories and snippets is such an interesting mixture Because of the sheer amount here I won t review each and every one as that might make for mixture Because of the sheer amount here I won t review each and every one as that might make for extremely lengthy review and truth be told that might be boring and also I already struggle to reign my enthusiasm in as it is What I really liked was the simple fact that although we et snippets from her Otherworld and Cainsville universes we are also treated to completely new to this reader anyway and standalone stories Led Astray had me eagerly reaching to read the Otherworld stories as they are my personal favourite If frank I was a little dissappointed as the couple I adore Clay and Elena are mentioned here but sadly not present and I suspect I m not the only one missing them The Pack is present though so watch out for the story V Plates and even vampire Zoe is featured in the
stories Learning Curve and The List If Cainsville is the series that enchants you then settle down Learning Curve and The List If Cainsville is the series that enchants you then settle down enjoy learning about the towns inhabitants and in particular Gabriel in the stories Gabriel s Gargoyle and Devil May Care I confess I ve not yet started that series but this intruiging Hello Bravo ! - Activity Book glimpse has me itching to begin As for the other stories here well it was an interesting mixture of just about anything you can imagine Weet a An Eye for an Eye glimpse at a post apocalyptic world in Branded zombies in both Last Stand and V Plates there s even a nod to Hell Raiser and Pin head in The Collector So lots to entertain but also poignant stories because this author reaches out and sueezes her readers hearts in both Dead Flowers by a Roadside and Suffer the children If a twist in the tale is whatrabs your attention then dive into Rakshasi or Plan B but most of all read this collection and judge for yourselves I truly was Still Side by Side gripped but sadly did miss my favourite characters and had read one or two shorts before but if you are new to this authors work then Im pretty confident that you will be very satisfied and hooked just like the rest of her fans Shocks horrorrief magic and a little romance this collection has it allI was Oriori No Uta gifted a copy in exchange for an honest reviewFour and a half from me Mostly very short stories uite a few of them without a lot of tension There are someood stories in between but allover not a terribly exciting offer Nice for fans of the author Be aware that most of these stories almost all have been published beforeRakshashi Demons Hindu mythology likeable character Four Word Film Reviews good plot liked it well enough 35 starsKat A Darkest Powers Darkness Rising Universe story Vampires witches action from theet Keep Calm, Alice Is Here Affirmations Workbook Positive Affirmations Workbook Includes go excellent world building Too bad that the main series is YA because I wouldn t mind to continue this 45 stars A Haunted House of Her Own Ghosts The Shining Lite Psycho and Roald Dahl having a date Ok but not exactly a new idea 35 starsLearning Curve An Otherworld Universe story Vampires Too short to do much of anything pretty pointless 25 starsThe Screams of Dragons A Cainsville Universe story creepy little story in which all therown ups spectacularly fail a small boy It leaves many open uestions at the end and I am not sure what the point is supposed to be 35 starsThe Kitsune s Nine Tales An Age of Legends Universe Story Japanese mythology feudal Japan Nice idea again too short to be much of anything hardly than plot bunny 25 starsLast Stand different take on zombies Short as well but a clever little story 35 starsBamboozled An Otherworld Universe Story Werewolves in the Wild West Good story
plot and charactersand characters starsBranded A Darkness Powers Darkness Rising Universe Story Post Apocalypse Humans hide away from the outside in fortresses The writing feels a little dry but it is pretty plotty and twisted for a short story Not bad but I did not really like the overall tone of it 35 starsThe List An Otherworld Universe Story Humorous snippet with vampires 35 starsYoung Bloods An Otherworld Universe Story Vampires Another super short one 25 starsThe Door Post Apocalypse of a sort Again disappointingly short 25 starsDead Flowers by a Roadside Ghosts Seriously Too short 25 stars. Two brand new tales anchor this wide ranging collection from one of urban fantasy's most successful authors Here is the first time that best selling fantasy YA and crime author Kelley Armstrong has had her stories collected from Otherworld and beyond With her signature twists and turns Armstrong ives a fresh spin on city dwelling vampires werewolves and zombies while also traveling further afield to a post apocalyptic fortress a superstitious village a supernatural brothel and even to feudal JapanWith tales that range from Ks are unfamiliar to me though I know how popular her books are as well as she herself The Kitsune s Nine Tales is the story of Alvar Kitsune and how he escaped death in the Forest This story is very short yet very dense There are short cameos from Gavril his son but call that this story takes place over ten years ago so Gavril is but a boy This story seems like it is oing in one direction regardless of whether or not you ve read the Age of Legends books but Armstrong finds ways to surprise a reader This story was certainly interesting and a bit surprisingThe Door is the next story that I really liked It is an original short story not related to any of Armstrong s published novels It is the story of a young You Owe Me One girl whose father brings her books and toys and when her sisters are born brings them books and toys Theirl is not supposed to Debbie Browns Dream Wedding Cakes go near a certain door When her father dies and then her mother theirl opens the door She must make a decision if she wants to keep opening it or not This story sounds really simplistic with little conflict but the story itself is so intriguing What s beyond the door What didn t her parents want her to see What do their deaths have to do with the door This was a strange short story and I m not entirely sure I understand it but that is the beauty of short storiesThe last short story I want to highlight is Devil May Care This story is a background sort of story relating to the Cainsville series I ve not read this series This story is about how Gabriel s father and mother met how Gabriel came to be It is a strange story because the Patrick and Seanna do not know each other until one they meet Their interactions are very strange Gabriel is conceived but the parents do not want anything to do with each other Nevertheless I am very intrigued The world of Cainsville seems to be one of fae foretelling fulfillment This story was brilliant for several reasons but importantly so because I am hooked and want to read the Cainsville series nowOverall the stories in this anthology were engaging entertaining interesting and definitely helpful if you ve read the full length novels of the series that the short story corresponds to And the short stories that stand alone are mesmerizing and strange definitely worth reading All of the stories are rather short which I for the most part enjoyedWhat I Did Not LikeI don t know if there was anything specific I didn t like It s possible that I might have enjoyed some short stories had I read the full length novels associated But that s my problem not the author s and it s not a negative towards the book Just a note in case you re in the same boat as meWould I Recommend ItIf you re a Kelley Armstrong fan or even if you ve only read one or two books by her check out this anthology I m not usually one for anthologies but this one was uite interesting and very easy to read as the stories were short and engaging Armstrong is a talented urban fantasy writer that is proven over and overRating4 stars One of the few anthologies I ve read and I ve enjoyed it Might I recommend the Age of Legends series to everyone High fantasy YA simply amazing The short story in this anthology for that series is very eye opening Definitely check out some of Armstrong s books if you Second Son (Jack Reacher, get the chance 5 out of the otherworld stars This anthology was just freaking fantastic I am a self confessed Kelley Armstrong fangirl and Iobble up everything she writes so I was very excited to read this book That being said I m not usually a fan of short stories unless they re set in a world I already know and love and so I didn t have particularly high hopes for the standalone stories in this anthology although I knew i d love the Otherworld stories I am so United States of Americana glad to say that all my expectations were wrong dead wrong Every story in here was fantastic there honestly wasn t a single story I didn t love and that surprised the hell out of meThe Otherworld stories were as expected fantastic and a real treat for fans of the series I was very pleasantly surprised by the Cainsville stories I haven t read any of the books in this world yet and yet the short stories set in Cainsville were some of my favourites I ll definitely beiving that series a read soon You can read my rambley incoherent non spoilerish thoughts and star rating for each book below1 Rakshashi 5 stars I loved this story it was such a strong opening to the anthology and not what I expected at all I would very happily read a book set in this world please Kelley Armstrong it was very cool and totally hooked me in2 Kat 5 stars This was a fab little novella again it totally sucked me in and I wanted to know about Kat and her story A whole book or series on Kat would be awesome3 A Haunted House of Her Own 4 stars This story was very creepy and not what I expected at all A lot of the stories in this anthology were really uite dark and brought the creep factor but as this was one of the first it took me by surprise and I really enjoyed it The twist at the end of this was also fantastic I didn t see it coming4 Learning Curve 5 stars This was short and fun Zoe is very tenacious and I really enjoyed that about her 5 The Screams of Dragons 5 stars When I read this I thought it was by far the best story of the bunch up to that point and now that I ve finished the anthology
this is still one of the top 3is still one of the top 3 novella was
My First Introduction To Cainsville AND IT BLEW ME AWAYfirst introduction to Cainsville AND IT BLEW ME AWAY it blew me away it really just brilliant Bobby was a The Thermals of August great if not particularly pleasant character the world was super odd and the ending was excellent 6 The Kitsunes Nine Tales 5 stars Yet again another 5 star read I know i m being boring and repetitive and it s onlyonna Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire - The Sunday Times Bestseller get longer but honestly all of these stories are just soood Again I d happily read a fully book about this character More please7 Last Stand 4 stars I adored the twist in this story I wasn t sure i d like this one I assumed it was just another zombie story I was WRONG As usual Kelley Armstrong is a master storyteller She took a trope I hate and turned it on it s head 8 Bamboozled 5 stars This was very different set in the old west in the Otherworld universe It features another turned female wolf just like Elena it was awesome9 Branded 5 stars This one was uite dark but it was awesome Again another story I could happily read a full book about10 The List 4 stars This was another Otherworld story it automatically The Perfect Child gets points for that I really like the Zoe stories and this one was short and fun Name dropping Clay and Elena helped too11 Young Bloods 4 stars Another uicklimpse into the Otherworld Short and sweet12 The Door 5 stars Again I just wanted to read Why are some of these so short it s not fair13 Dead Flowers by the Roadside 4 stars This was creepy and sad I enjoyed it but it was too short to be particularly remarkable14 Suffer the Children 5 stars This one was creepy as all hell As usual it was very well written and I was totally engrossed I really liked the Preacher and his family the ending was excellent if a little sad15 The Collector 5 stars Again this was creepy It seems to be a theme through most of this book I don t usually enjoy scary stories but these are all awesome I loved the main character in this one and yet again there was another twist I didn t see coming16 Gabriel s Gargoyles 5 stars I enjoyed this just as much as the first Cainsville story it was excellent Even though I haven t read the main series yet I adore this world and the Cainsville stories are my favourites17 Harbringer 45 stars Creepy It the word of the day apparently but it s true to this story too Again I d happily and eagerly read a full book about these creepy dead Lost Horizon girls18 V Plates 5 stars Another Otherworld story I adore Nick and I love reading about his escapades even if he s supposedly allrown up and responsible now 19 Life Sentence 5 stars Yet another Otherworld Story this one was simply awesome I really enjoy reading about the cabals They re the bog bad in the Otherworld and it s nice to see them True Prosperity get what was coming to them for once20 Plan B 5 stars This was different to what I expected but still excellent I love how so many of these stories have such areat twist21 The Hunt 5 stars Super short but very creepy I adore Cainsville it be crazy22 Dead to Me 5 stars Again a very short but cool and creepy story23 Devil May Care 5 stars One of the best stories in the book Im seriously dying to read the Cainsville books The Cainsville short stories in this book including this one were just brilliant This story was definitely a standoutIn case you missed all of my Thing He Loves gushing this anthology was just amazing Despite the awful cover it really blew me away I d happy read a full length book about most of these stories Fans of Kelley Armstrong NEED to read thisThis book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review The first time I read Omens I will admit I was slightly confused This short and creepy short helpsive a little bit of insight into the town of Cainsville I highly recommend checking this out prior to diving into the seriesThe best part It s free Review copyKelley Armstrong is a New York Times bestselling author Her first novel Bitten was turned into a TV series which just completed its seco. Rse Zoe Young Bloods Otherworld universe non series narrator The Door standalone original to this collection Dead Flowers by a Roadside standalone Suffer the Children standalone The Collector standalone Gabriel’s Gargoyles #31 Cainsville universe Gabriel Harbinger standalone V Plates Otherworld universe Nick Life Sentence Otherworld universe non series narrator Plan B standalone The Hunt #41 Cainsville universe non series narrator Dead to Me standalone Devil May Care #42 Cainsville universe Patrick original to this collecti. .
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Suffer the Children A backwards village in the Canadian wilderness is visited by two mysterious strangers offering them something they can t resist Well plotted unusual idea But I didn t really like it That s on me and not the fault of the story I could see this developping into a full length novel telling the life stories of Eleazar and Rene I would even read it despite my two star rating 25 starsThe Collector based on an idea of another short story I had to look it up as it isn t obvious if you don t know Clive Barker Nifty 45 starsGabriel s Gargoyles A Cainsville Universe Story Another little boy and his life in and around Cainsville nicely written nice ending not terribly exciting 35 starsHarbinger Heroine sees dead people Nicely done 35 starsV Plates An Otherworld Universe Story Werewolves and zombies Liked the plot Makes me want to pick up the original series again 45 starsLife Sentence An Otherworld Universe Story Rich Dr. Witchs Animal Hospital guy with a terminal illness searching for a way out Wicked 55 starsPlan B Nothing supernatural in this one Murder she wrote 35 starsThe Hunt A Cainsville Universe Story Hunting Extremely short but creepy nonetheless 35 starsDead to Me Murder Or not I am actually not sure what I am supposed to think 25 starsDevil May Care A Cainsville Universe Story Fae Exellent story could be areat start to a series that I would like to read Good world building Patrick is a Search Marketing Strategies great character Best story of the collection 55 stars Reviewed by Rabid ReadsRAKSHASHI 45Given the amount of Speculative Fiction that I read encountering a new to me supe is a rarity so it was a pleasure hanging with Armstrong s Rakshashi The lore was nicely fleshed out considering this short s length and Amrita was a very likable characterKAT 55I listened to the DARKEST POWERS trilogy a while back so KAT was a welcome trip down memory lane while also contributing something extra to the original series by highlighting a lesser known protagonist and adding another layer to the Edison Group experiment A HAUNTED HOUSE OF HER OWN 35Probably my least favourite story in this anthology It start out as a decenthost tale but the ending fell a little flat for me and maybe I m missing something however slotting it with this author s best is a bit of a leap in my opinionLEARNING CURVE 45I saw a lot of Cassandra Ducharme in Zoe Takano and the former just so happens to be my top vampire when it comes to Kelley Armstrong secondaries so the similarities were pluses and the bloodsucker hunting 101 lesson was cuteTHE SCREAMS OF DRAGONS 55A No Capital Required great series preuel very dark and unsettling I enjoyed picking out some of the characters from the full length books but would recommend reading this short after at least the first installment and uite possibly the second as well THE KITSUNE S NINE TAILS 55This short was a lot of fun The Emperor is betrayed by his most loyal friend tells his jailer that his prisoner will try nine things on the road to the Forest of the Dead Everything unfolds exactly as predicted down to the last with a twist of courseLAST STAND 455Told from the POV of the Infected a breed of paranormals previously seen in BRANDED I always loveetting the baddies perspective and this author s Dystopian stories are excellent Be prepared to be disgusted and enthralledBAMBOOZLED 45This is Armstrong s self proclaimed werewolf Western The heist plot line definitely delivered and Lily raised some interesting uestions about Elena and Kate s Programming in Swift gender scarcity within the WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD universeBRANDED 35Speaking of BRANDED I m not really sure why they put this one after LAST STAND as it makes sense to read them in reverse order But anyway an eye opener into what the Otherworld would have been like had the supes made their existence known to humansTHE LIST 45Zoe and Brittany s vampire hunting 101 lessons continue Fun times were had by allYOUNG BLOODS 45I can t really say much about this one withoutiven too much away I enjoyed it and the twist made it worthwhileTHE DOOR 45This one was different In a WordPress Absolute Beginners Guide good way I saw the ending coming but I still likedetting there because regardless of the length of the story Kelley Armstrong knows how to spin a taleDEAD FLOWERS BY A ROADSIDE 35This was just plain sad So far this author is 0 for 2 with her The Complete Guide To Associate And Affiliate Programs On The Net Turning Clicks Into Cash ghosts in this anthology Then again I tend to be fussy whenever this particular supe is involved thus there s a possibility that it s strictly a me thingSUFFER THE CHILDREN 455I ve read some pretty disturbing stuff from Armstrong in the past and SUFFER THE CHILDREN is for sure up there Addie s areat character and for a short it packs uite the punch THE COLLECTOR 455The premise was entertaining I didn t really understand where the story was Girls Like Us going at first however I was 100% intrigued by the mystery of the puzzle boxes and it came together nicelyGABRIEL S GARGOYLES 55I ve made it my personal mission to learn about this character because he is rather baffling in the CAINSVILLE series and the author keeps teasing fans with these little shorts in between installments Keep em comingHARBINGER 45Another freaky one but this was also ahost story and I actually didn t mind it I felt sorry for the heroine although I can t say that I would have been able to put the pieces together before it was too late either V PLATES 55And the 1 spot in this collection Affiliate Marketing Then and Now goes to V PLATES This was the only title that featured known WOTO secondaries and it was hilarious in a super awkward only Nick Sorrentino couldet himself into this type of situation kind of way Reese and Noah were awesome tooLIFE SENTENCE 45I was caught off The Invisible Presence guard by the assistant and couldn t figure out her deal for the life of me Of course it all came together is a fist pump worthy momentPLAN B 35I imagine that this story had a bit of a NADIA STAFFORD vibe to it but having not tackled those books yet I can t say for sure That point aside this was of a Mystery Thriller so not aenre that s in my wheelhouse THE HUNT 355The Wild Hunt is one of my favourite myths and the beginning reminded me of STOLEN unfortunately it was lacking in the intrigue departmentDEAD TO ME 35Armstrong really poured on the creepy in this anthology This tale was kinda predictable and didn t do anything for me when compared to some of the other titles in this compilation DEVIL MAY CARE 55This one added a tidbit or two to my on Clickbank Affiliate Marketing Profits Right Now going Gabriel research and confirmed the reason why Patrick is in CAINSVILLE The author revisits the story of Mallt y Nos Matilda of the Night in an interesting way Review posted on The Eater of Books blogLed Astray by Kelley ArmstrongPublisher Tachyon PublicationsPublication Date September 15 2015Rating 4 starsSource eARC from NetGalleySummary from GoodreadsTwo brand new tales anchor this wide ranging collection from one of urban fantasy s most successful authors Here is the first time that best selling fantasy YA and crime author Kelley Armstrong has had her stories collected from Otherworld and beyond With her signature twists and turns Armstrongives a fresh spin on city dwelling vampires werewolves and zombies while also traveling further afield to a post apocalyptic fortress a superstitious village a supernatural brothel and even to feudal JapanWith tales that range from humorous to heart stopping these are the stories that
showcase Kelley Armstrong at her versatile best Rakshashi standalone Kat Darkest Powers universe non series narrator A Haunted House of HerKelley Armstrong at her versatile best Rakshashi standalone Kat Darkest Powers universe non series narrator A Haunted House of Her standalone Learning Curve Otherworld universe Zoe The Screams of Dragons Cainsville universe non series narrator The Kitsune s Nine Tales Age of Legends universe non series narrator Last Stand standalone Bamboozled Otherworld universe non series narrator Branded Otherworld universe non series narrator The List Otherworld universe Zoe Young Bloods Otherworld universe non series narrator The Door standalone original to this collection Dead Flowers by a Roadside standalone Suffer the Children standalone The Collector standalone Gabriel s Gargoyles Cainsville universe Gabriel Harbinger standalone V Plates Otherworld universe Nick Life Sentence Otherworld universe non series narrator Plan B standalone The Hunt Cainsville universe non series narrator Dead to Me standalone Devil May Care Cainsville universe Patrick original to this collectionWhat I LikedI don t think I ve ever reviewed an anthology I ve certainly read a few but not reviewed one that I remember I don t read anthologies often the stories inside are too short for my taste and I never feel satisfied With this stories inside are too short for my taste and I never feel satisfied With this I was really only interested in the Age of Legends story The Kitsune s Nine Tales While that one was probably my favorite of all of the short stories I enjoyed this anthology as a wholeThere are so many stories in this anthology and I won t bother summarizes each one or even commenting on each one We d be here all day
I ll highlight some of my favorites The Kitsune s Nine Tales The Door and Devil May Care The Kitsune sll highlight some of my favorites The Kitsune s Nine Tales The Door and Devil May Care The Kitsune s Tales is the only story I really wanted to read in this anthology when I first heard that this anthology would be a thing I ve read Armstrong s Darkest Powers series and the Age of Legends series I wasn t a huge fan of the Darkest Powers series but I LOVE the Age of Legends series The rest of Armstrong s boo. Umorous to heart stopping these are the stories that showcase Kelley Armstrong at her versatile best Rakshashi standalone Kat Darkest Powers universe non series narrator A Haunted House of Her Own standalone Learning Curve Otherworld universe Zoe The Screams of Dragons #05 Cainsville universe non series narrator The Kitsune’s Nine Tales Age of Legends universe non series narrator Last Stand standalone Bamboozled Otherworld universe non series narrator Branded Otherworld universe non series narrator The List Otherworld unive.