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Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong

by (author) Kelley Armstrong

Tachyon Publications
Initial publish date
Sep 2015
Urban Life, Short Stories
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
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Welcome to the many worlds of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong (Otherworld, Cainsville). As her SyFy channel series, Bitten, enters its second season, Armstrong continues to breathe new life into city-dwelling vampires, werewolves, and zombies. Now travel even further with her, to a post-apocalyptic fortress, a superstitious village, a supernatural brothel, and even feudal Japan.

In Led Astray, you’ll discover the stories of new characters from within and outside Armstrong’s popular novels. Here you will find two original tales from Cainsville, plus journeys to and beyond the worlds of Darkest Powers, Age of Legends, Otherworld, and more.

Bold and humorous, passionate and heart-stopping, here is Kelley Armstrong at her versatile best.

About the author

When librarians finally granted Kelley Armstrong an adult card, she made straight for the epic fantasy and horror shelves. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years happily roaming fantastical and terrible worlds, and vowed that someday she'd write a story combining swords, sorcery, and the ravenous undead. That story began with the New York Times bestselling Sea of Shadows and continues with Empire of Night.

Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong

Book Nook Ten Best Books I Read in 2015
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?[STAR] From the first moment, this collection of fantastical tales sizzles with dark promise, rich world-building, and complex, often haunting characters. In "Rakshashi," Amrita has long since completed her penance for the crimes she committed as a mortal, and is willing to take any avenue to capture her reward. Tanya is a woman with a gaslighting husband and a complicated history in "A Haunted House of Her Own." "Dead Flowers by a Roadside" features a grieving man who can speak to ghosts?all but the ones he most longs to hear from. "Harbinger" introduces a group of spirits who have a message but no voice. Each story feels innovative and exciting, and they work together to create a harmonious whole from glittering supernatural fragments. The stories are set at various times and places but all feel as though they spring from the same dark, dangerous, and fantastical world. This excellent anthology will thrill Armstrong fans and new readers alike.”
?Publishers Weekly,starred review

?...excellent escapism for urban fantasy readers!”

“...excellently written.... I’m impressed, deeply impressed by almost every story in this book.”
?Fangs for the Fantasy

?If you are a fan of any of Armstrong's series then this book is one that you NEED!”
?Night Owl Reviews

?Shocks, horror, grief, magic and a little romance [?] this collection has it all!
?Just Talking Books

?Kelley Armstrong’s Led Astray hits all the notes it’s supposed to, and quite a few higher ones as well.... plenty for hard-core fans and newcomers alike to enjoy.”
?Green Man Review

?All of the stories were really good. It was a lot like reading stories from The Twilight Zone. I highly recommend.”
?Buckeye Angel.booklikes

“An engaging dark fantasy collection for both fans and new readers of Kelley Armstrong's work.”
?Libromancer’s Apprentice

?[A] really successful combination of short stories. Thumbs up.”
?Paperback Wonderland

??she weaves the fine threads of the supernatural world with that of horror and you might just find yourself looking over your shoulder or wondering about the things that go bump in the night.”
?Penny Dreadful Book Reviews

“[T]his collection shows just how versatile Armstrong is as a writer. She does supernatural just as expertly as she does thrillers and suspense. This is a must for her fans, and new readers alike.”
?My Bookish Ways

?Armstrong’s writing pulls you in and keeps your interest. All the stories were well thought out and imaginative, and the conclusions to some will definitely not be what you expected!”
?Readers in Wonderland

?Overall, this would be a terrific introduction to Armstrong, but it is absolutely essential to someone who wants to have everything related to a particular series.”
?The Qwillery

On Bitten

?Frisky. . . . Tells a rather sweet love story, and suggests that being a wolf may be more comfortable for a strong, smart woman than being human.”
?The New York Times Book Review

?Filled with romance and supernatural intrigue, this book will surely remind readers of Anne Rice’s sophisticated refurbishings of the vampire story.”
?Publishers Weekly

On The Gathering

?She has a great, image-evoking writing style that’s fun to read . . .”
?Dark Faerie Tales

On Omens

?Author Kelley Armstrong has done it again. . . . In Omens, she has moved to another fascinating tale of paranormal circumstance, and riddled it with feeling and eerie happenstance.”

On Visions

“I was so interested in the characters I could barely put Visions down. Frankly, I enjoyed the hell out of it. . . . I cannot wait for the next installment.”

On The Awakening

?The Awakening is one heckuva ride?from beginning to end, there is not a dull moment or even an opportunity to catch a breath and relax.
?The Book Smugglers

?Will exhilarate even readers new to the series. . . . Dark alleys, undead bodies and bountiful blood will cause shivers. . . .”
?Kirkus, starred review

On Sea of Shadows

?Sea of Shadows is a great fit for both the male and female reader who are looking for something more in their historical fantasy, especially if it’s tinged with enough horror-filled moments to bring shivers to your late night reading.”
?Lost in a Great Book

On The Summoning

?Teen readers might scream loud enough to raise the dead.”
?Kirkus, starred review

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