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Kelley Armstrong

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About the Author

Kelley Armstrong is a Canadian author, primarily of fantasy works. She has published twelve fantasy novels to date, most set in the world of Women of the Otherworld series, one crime fiction novel, and the Darkest Powers Trilogy. The latest novel in the Women of the Otherworld series is called show more Waking the Witch. Her title Thirteen made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. The first book in The Age of Legends Trilogy, Sea of Shadows, made the New York Times bestseller list in April 2014. (Publisher Provided) show less
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Series

Works by Kelley Armstrong

Bitten (2001) 5,840 copies
The Summoning (2008) 4,540 copies
Stolen (2002) 3,944 copies
Dime Store Magic (2004) 3,794 copies
Industrial Magic (2004) 3,408 copies
The Awakening (2009) 3,208 copies
Broken (2006) 3,030 copies
Haunted (2005) 2,944 copies
The Reckoning (2010) 2,554 copies
No Humans Involved (2007) 2,469 copies
Personal Demon (2008) 2,033 copies
The Gathering (2011) 1,686 copies
Living with the Dead (2008) 1,640 copies
Frostbitten (2009) 1,597 copies
Waking the Witch (2010) 1,391 copies
Men of the Otherworld (2009) 1,346 copies
Exit Strategy (2007) 1,097 copies
The Calling (2012) 962 copies
Spell Bound (2011) 952 copies
Omens (2013) 941 copies
Tales of the Otherworld (2010) 884 copies
Thirteen (2012) 832 copies
City of the Lost (2016) 771 copies
Sea of Shadows (2014) 749 copies
The Rising (2013) 739 copies
Made to Be Broken (2009) 691 copies
Loki's Wolves (2013) 662 copies
Visions (2014) 467 copies
A Darkness Absolute (2017) 397 copies
Counterfeit Magic (2010) — Author — 385 copies
Deceptions (2015) 381 copies
Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions (2011) — Editor; Contributor — 345 copies
This Fallen Prey (2018) 323 copies
Empire of Night (2015) 320 copies
Angelic (2009) 317 copies
A Rip Through Time (2022) 308 copies
Forest of Ruin (2016) 264 copies
Odin's Ravens (2014) 261 copies
Betrayals (2016) 260 copies
Shards and Ashes (1600) — Editor; Contributor — 253 copies
Watcher in the Woods (2019) 251 copies
Alone in the Wild (2020) 240 copies
Rituals (2017) 238 copies
Hidden (2011) 236 copies
Wild Justice (2013) 228 copies
A Stitch in Time (2020) 222 copies
Otherworld Nights (2014) 221 copies
The Masked Truth (2015) 208 copies
Thor's Serpents (2015) 194 copies
A Stranger in Town (2021) 188 copies
Otherworld Secrets (2015) 187 copies
Forbidden (2012) 187 copies
Murder at Haven's Rock (2023) 182 copies
Wherever She Goes (2019) 180 copies
Angel: Aftermath (2009) 180 copies
The Deepest of Secrets (2022) 169 copies
Missing (2017) 165 copies
Hemlock Island (2023) 163 copies
Brazen (2013) 158 copies
Amityville Horrible (2012) 156 copies
Otherworld Chills (2016) 148 copies
Hunting Kat (2012) 141 copies
Becoming (2010) 133 copies
Aftermath (2018) 128 copies
Chaotic (2006) 128 copies
Someone Is Always Watching (2023) 123 copies
Indigo (2017) 120 copies
The Poisoner's Ring (2023) 115 copies
Forsaken (2015) 115 copies
Cursed Luck (2021) 113 copies
The Unquiet Past (2015) 111 copies
Lost Souls (2016) 105 copies
The Boy Who Cried Bear (2024) 92 copies
A Twist of Fate (2021) 81 copies
Every Step She Takes (2020) 81 copies
Four Summoner's Tales (2013) 81 copies
Wolf's Bane (2019) 80 copies
Driven (2015) 76 copies
Rough Justice (2018) 69 copies
Wolf's Curse (2020) 67 copies
High Jinx (2021) 62 copies
Beginnings 57 copies
A Turn of the Tide (2022) 55 copies
Cruel Fate (2019) 55 copies
Savage 53 copies
Werewolves (2012) 51 copies
Ascension 49 copies
Territorial 47 copies
Rebirth 45 copies
Hex on the Beach (2021) — Contributor — 45 copies
Darkest Powers Bonus Pack (2011) 45 copies
Spellcasters (2013) 45 copies
Birthright 45 copies
Escape 44 copies
Bargain 44 copies
The Gryphon's Lair (2020) 43 copies
Demonology 42 copies
Infusion — Author — 42 copies
Gifted (2014) 41 copies
Expectations 41 copies
Adventurer 40 copies
Double Play / Perfect Victim (2016) — Author — 40 copies
Ghosts 37 copies
Dangerous 35 copies
Bounty Hunt (2015) 35 copies
Atoning (2015) 35 copies
Ballgowns & Butterflies (2020) 34 copies
Checkmate 34 copies
Under a Winter Sky (2020) — Author — 34 copies
Cocktails & Chloroform (2023) 34 copies
Recruit 33 copies
The Life She Had (2022) 33 copies
Snowstorms & Sleigh Bells (2021) 32 copies
Framed 32 copies
Dead Letter Days (2023) 31 copies
Disturbing the Dead (2024) 30 copies
Darkest Powers Bonus Pack 2 (2012) 30 copies
Divided 28 copies
The Final Trial (2022) 28 copies
Belonging (2011) 26 copies
Disenchanted 25 copies
The Serpent's Fury (2021) 25 copies
A Castle in the Air (2023) 25 copies
Darkest Powers Tales (2015) 25 copies
Perfect Victim (2017) 24 copies
Bewitched 23 copies
Kitsunegari 21 copies
Ghosts & Garlands (2022) 21 copies
Goddess of Summer Love (2022) 19 copies
Branded (2014) 19 copies
The Ungrateful Dead (2016) 18 copies
Finding Mr. Write (2024) 14 copies
The Invitation 13 copies
The New Guy 12 copies
Christmas at Thorne Manor (2022) 12 copies
Angel: Season Six, Vol. 2 (2016) 10 copies
Angel #18 (2007) 10 copies
Angel #19 (2007) 9 copies
Undone (2016) 9 copies
Angel #20 (2007) 8 copies
Otherworld Primer (2010) — Author — 8 copies
Stalked 8 copies
Angel #22 (2007) 8 copies
Twilight 7 copies
Facing Facts 7 copies
Angel #21 (2007) 7 copies
The Drokenzian System (2008) 6 copies
V Plates 4 copies
Chivalrous 3 copies
Last Stand (short story) (2010) 2 copies
Vanishing Act 2 copies
Undone 2 copies
Off-Duty Angel 2 copies
Confronto: Colecao (2012) 2 copies
The Rising 1 copy
The Door (short story) (2015) 1 copy
The Watcher 1 copy

Associated Works

Dates From Hell (Anthology 4-in-1) (2006) — Contributor — 1,549 copies
Many Bloody Returns: Tales of Birthdays With Bite (2007) — Contributor — 1,401 copies
Blood Lite (2008) — Contributor — 891 copies
My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon (2007) — Contributor — 780 copies
The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire (2009) — Contributor — 425 copies
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance (2009) — Contributor — 417 copies
Rags & Bones (2013) — Contributor — 384 copies
The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology (2010) — Contributor — 374 copies
Kisses from Hell (2010) — Contributor — 370 copies
The Living Dead 2 (2010) — Contributor — 321 copies
Like a Charm: A Novel in Voices (2004) — Contributor — 318 copies
By Blood We Live (2009) — Contributor — 302 copies
Blood Lite II: Overbite (2010) — Contributor — 218 copies
Urban Enemies (2017) — Contributor — 211 copies
Blood Lite III: Aftertaste (2012) — Contributor — 209 copies
The Urban Fantasy Anthology (2011) — Contributor — 202 copies
Heroic Hearts (2022) — Contributor — 196 copies
Haunted Nights (2017) — Contributor — 190 copies
Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery (2019) — Contributor — 171 copies
The Monster's Corner (2011) — Contributor — 161 copies
Dead Man's Hand (2014) — Contributor — 159 copies
Hellbound Hearts (2009) — Contributor — 159 copies
Vampires: The Recent Undead (2011) — Contributor — 136 copies
Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories on the 50th Anniversary (2009) — Contributor — 113 copies
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream (2018) — Contributor — 112 copies
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eight (2016) — Contributor — 111 copies
A Fantasy Medley (2009) — Contributor — 108 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010 Edition (2010) — Contributor — 107 copies
Dark Screams: Volume One (2014) — Contributor — 105 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2012 Edition (2012) — Contributor — 91 copies
Out of Tune (2014) — Contributor — 84 copies
Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead (2010) — Contributor — 83 copies
Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women (2015) — Contributor — 76 copies
The Best of Subterranean (2017) — Contributor — 75 copies
Seize the Night: New Tales of Vampiric Terror (2015) — Contributor — 72 copies
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women (2012) — Contributor — 71 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015 Edition (2015) — Contributor — 69 copies
Nevermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery and the Macabre (2015) — Contributor — 67 copies
Expiration Date (2015) — Contributor — 60 copies
The Best Paranormal Crime Stories Ever Told (2010) — Contributor — 57 copies
Urban Allies: Ten Brand-New Collaborative Stories (2016) — Contributor — 57 copies
Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2 (2011) — Contributor — 55 copies
Twice Cursed: An Anthology (2023) — Contributor — 54 copies
Fantasy for Good: A Charitable Anthology (2014) — Contributor — 44 copies
Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance (2011) — Foreword — 42 copies
Evolve 2: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead (2011) — Contributor — 38 copies
Phantoms: Haunting Tales from Masters of the Genre (2018) — Contributor — 33 copies
Dark Screams: Volume Nine (2018) — Contributor — 31 copies
Vampires in Love: Stories with a Bite (2010) — Contributor — 29 copies
Dying for It: Tales of Sex and Death (2016) — Contributor — 29 copies
The Truth Is Out There (2016) — Contributor — 26 copies
Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2012) — Contributor — 26 copies
The Bitten Word (2010) — Contributor — 24 copies
Campus Chills (2010) — Contributor — 19 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume Two (2021) — Contributor — 18 copies
Giving the Devil His Due: Special Edition (2021) — Contributor — 16 copies
Modern Magic: Tales of Fantasy and Horror (2005) — Introduction — 15 copies
Halloween Carnival Volume 3 (2017) — Contributor — 15 copies
Detours (2015) — Author — 14 copies
Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction (2015) — Contributor — 10 copies
Blood Sample Box Set (7-in-1) (2010) — Contributor — 7 copies
Subterranean Magazine Spring 2009 — Contributor — 5 copies
The Horror Collection: Purple Edition: THC Book 3 (2019) — Contributor — 5 copies
Reader's Digest Select Editions 2020 v03 #371 (2020) — Contributor — 4 copies
Nightmare Magazine, July 2018 (2018) — Contributor — 3 copies
Obsidian: A Decade of Horror Stories by Women (2016) — Contributor — 3 copies
Ten-Word Tragedies (2019) — Contributor — 3 copies
Subterranean Magazine Summer 2010 — Contributor — 2 copies
Subterranean Magazine Summer 2012 — Contributor — 2 copies
Nightmare Magazine, February 2019 (2019) — Contributor — 2 copies
Secrets : 7 ebook set (2015) — Contributor — 2 copies
Locus, July 2011 (606) — Contributor — 1 copy
The Spaces Between (2013) — Introduction — 1 copy
Subterranean Magazine Fall 2010 — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Armstrong Fricke, Kelley L.
Other names
Armstrong, K. L.
Wolfe, Katey
Birthdate
1968-12-14
Gender
female
Nationality
Canada (birth)
Birthplace
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Places of residence
Ontario, Canada
Education
Fanshawe College (computer programming)
University of Western Ontario (psychology)
Occupations
fantasy writer
novelist
Organizations
Horror Writers Association
Agent
Helen Heller (Helen Heller Agency Inc.)
Short biography
Kelley L. Armstrong was born on 14 December 1968 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. She is married to Jeffrey Fricke, and they have three children. After graduating with a degree in psychology from The University of Western Ontario, Armstrong then studied computer programming at Fanshawe College.

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Reviews

Billed as a “fun romantic comedy,” I found this book less than entertaining: too predictable, with sex scenes that had me rolling my eyes rather than feeling the passion.

The story has two narrators. One is Daphne McFadden, an author who finally finds a publisher for her book by submitting it under a man’s name. The second is Chris Stanton, an accountant (but hot!) who agrees to pose as the book’s alleged author, Zane Remington. Naturally they fall in love, and naturally the exposure of the true authorship of the book is always a threat looming in the background.

While the story addresses some real problems in the publishing industry, such as the preference for publishing work by men rather than women (not to mention whites rather than authors of color), Armstrong treats this issue as just an unusual backdrop for her romance. (In this it differs only slightly from a Hallmark rom-com, since Daphne has not hired her old high school sweetheart with whom “sparks fly.” It also differs by having explicit sex and no Christmas scenes. And no commercials. Otherwise…)

Only occasionally, such as with the Daphne’s publicist Sakura, did Armstrong’s talent for nuanced characterization come into play. Historically, I have loved Armstrong’s books, and in this one I appreciated the insights into some of the concerns (and terrors!) experienced by writers. But I wouldn’t follow her work so religiously (or at all, to be honest) if this had been my only exposure to her.
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nbmars | 1 other review | May 25, 2024 |
A Rip Through Time is the first novel in Kelley Armstrong's time-travel series of the same name. The third book, Disturbing the Dead, was recently published. Grab all three fantasy books, you will not be disappointed.

While visiting her dying grandmother in Scotland, Mallory Atkinson decides she needs a break and goes for a jog. Being a Vancouver Detective, she thinks she can handle herself, and when she hears a woman's cries down a dark alley, she instinctively goes to investigate. What she finds is a girl in Victorian dress being strangled, when suddenly someone comes up behind her and starts strangling her. The next thing she knows, she wakes up in the woman's body...in 1869 Scotland.

The book is a little slow to start while building the foundation of the time-travel and getting Mallory settled into the life of housemaid Catriona. Once it is established that Mallory is there to stay, the rest of the book is told from her point of view as Catriona. A former thief given a second chance by lady of the house Isla Ballantyne, Catriona hadn't given up her wayward ways, she had only gotten better at hiding them. Now that Mallory has taken over Catriona's body, she can read, write, and is extremely articulate, making the people of the house suspicious of her. When Catriona takes an interest in Dr. Duncan Gray's forensic science experiments, he accepts her help and insights into his case. Not being able to stifle her detective instincts, she investigates on her own, putting herself and others in danger. Can she solve the crime and get back to her own time?

A well-researched and written mystery, seeing the difference between what we now know of forensics and the fledgling ways that Victorian Scotland solved crimes was rather interesting. Seeing how Isla and Gray interacted, knowing that in those times women weren't educated or seen as intelligent people who could handle any type of work, Gray and Detective McCreadie are very open-minded for the times, accepting Catriona and Isla into the investigation.

All in all, a great time-travel mystery filled with suspense and intrigue. The writing really puts you into the environment of Catriona, Isla, and Gray. For anyone who enjoys historical fiction mixed with murder, this was a great beginning to the series.

Thank you to @Minotaur_Books and @NetGalley for a digital copy for review consideration. All opinions are honest and my own.
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SassyCassi | 27 other reviews | May 20, 2024 |
I was very excited to read this book - I love a good horror! I sadly had to force myself to finish it. There were some parts where I enjoyed the writing but overall, I did not like it. I have also not read a book in a long time where I have been less invested in the well-being of the characters. I found some of them confusing and the storyline with the main character and her experiences to be overdone and in the end, it annoyed me. I did enjoy some of the parts when the main character was in the water and some of the descriptions of the island were well-written. The whole ending of the book also came across as a bit ridiculous to me.… (more)
 
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Bambean | 16 other reviews | May 20, 2024 |
City of the Lost is about a town of people who need to disappear. There is also murder. It’s amazing.

I was drawn to this book because I was looking for something similar to Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ The Naturals. Apparently I am drawn to books that feature dysfunctional human beings with dark pasts solving murders. Detective Casey Duncan fits into this trope right from the first line when she meets with another therapist to confess the murder she committed years before. It all gets crazier from there when events lead Casey to Rockton: a town in the Yukon that is completely off the grid and is a haven for both the innocent and the guilty who need to disappear. Because Rockton is cut off from the rest of society the town functions under the rule of the sheriff, Eric Dalton, who decides the town needs a detective after the disappearance of one of the town members.

It takes time for Casey to fit into her role in the police department, but the dynamic between Casey, Eric, and the deputy, Will, is my favorite thing in the book. I’ve read two of Armstrong’s YA series, so I knew the book would take some time to pick up speed, but she does a great job building characters, relationships, and the town. While I enjoyed the whole book, the last hundred pages really exploded everything and kicked it to a whole new level. I never saw the twists coming!

I read City of the Lost in about 24 hours and I totally had a book hangover after I turned the last page. I suspect this series will only get better as it goes on and I can’t wait to read more about Casey’s adventures in Rockton.
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caaleros | 61 other reviews | May 17, 2024 |

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Statistics

Works
231
Also by
79
Members
68,178
Popularity
#197
Rating
3.9
Reviews
2,777
ISBNs
1,137
Languages
13
Favorited
307

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