by Kelley Armstrong
Cover Artist: Illustrations by Xaviére Daumarie
Review by Gayle Surrette
Subterranean Press Deluxe Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596066168
Date: 31 December 2013
Subterranean Press has been publishing novellas by Kelly Armstrong based on the characters in her Otherworld series. These stories usually fill in information about a character and his or her background, or deal with a problem that a character is facing, but not in the main story line of the books. Brazen is a novella length story focusing on Nick Sorrentino.
Nick is now responsible for raising three of the newest pack members -- Noah, Reese, and Morgan -- getting them used to pack rules and regulations as part of their education and socialization. So, Nick is leaving behind his carefree days and being a responsible pack member. Though that doesn't completely keep him from the ladies.
He's also taken on the task of tracking down Malcolm Danvers so that he can be eliminated as a threat, before Jeremy finds out he is still alive. Once Malcolm is found Elena and Clay will decide what to do. Nick, being smart, hired an agency to find Malcolm. This agency is used to dealing with supernaturals who want to hide. Now it seems they've found Malcolm and Nick needs to make an identification.
However, that's when things get complicated because the agency's team believes they know how to deal with Malcolm. They believe that Nick is exaggerating the danger that Malcolm can be to them. Nick doesn't exaggerate -- not when Malcolm is concerned. So, things go very, very pear-shaped in a hurry and it's not a matter of capturing or even containing Malcolm, it's a matter of trying to survive the encounter.
This is another great novella by Kelley Armstrong featuring a character that has always been in the background but not in the limelight for readers to get to know what he's really like. The book is illustrated by Xaviére Daumarie, the cover art above should give you an idea of what to expect. Subterranean's volumes are always beautifully done and worth collecting.
Brazen is a great addition to the Otherworld novels, novellas, and short stories. Enjoy.