Fantasy has become one of the most marketable genres of literature. The entertainment industry is dominated by vampires and werewolves at the moment. One paranormal author, though, stands out from the crowd. Kelley Armstrong’s books, unlike many other paranormal or fantasy authors, are usually written for adults, not teens or children. The Otherworld series of books by Kelley Armstrong include New York Times bestsellers, and they are riveting to read.
No Humans Involved is Kelley Armstrong’s 9th Otherworld book. I love this series because it follows a wide variety of characters and is spread around the whole supernatural world. The main character in No Humans Involved is Jaime Vegas. She’s a necromancer (has the power to communicate with and even raise the dead), and has appeared in multiple books of Armstrong’s as a side character. Here she takes center stage.
In No Humans Involved, we find Jaime in California on the set of a new TV show. She’s supposed to be involved in a project to contact Marilyn Monroe’s ghost, but instead she discovers a complicated mystery involving trapped child ghosts and magic seeking groups. It’s a fairly fast-paced story with a lot happening in it, so you keep reading along at a good pace and there’s plenty of excitement.
Although Jaime is the star in No Humans Involved, there are a lot of other familiar characters thrown in as well. There’s a romance (of course) that has been brewing for a long time and (finally) something happens (it involves Jaime, but that’s all I’ll spoil for you here). The werewolves are a pretty steady presence (whether in person or just mentioned, depending on which member of the pack), witches and wizards make appearances, and chaos loving half-demon Hope claims some pages as well. If you’ve read other books by Kelly Armstrong, then you’ll enjoy catching up with your favorite characters from other books. If you haven’t read her other books, getting glimpses of these other characters will make you want to read their novels.
Overall, I wouldn’t say that this was my favorite of Kelley Armstrong’s books. Having said that, though, it’s still a good paranormal novel with both crime and romance elements thrown in for extra excitement. I read the book really quickly because once you get involved with the story and characters you don’t want to put the book down. Especially if you’ve read her other books, I would recommend No Humans Involved.
If you are interested in No Humans Involved, I would recommend reading Kelley Armstrong’s other books, especially Personal Demon (mostly about Hope the half-demon mentioned in No Humans Involved, but also involving other familiar Otherworld characters) and The Summoning (this is actually one of Armstrong’s young adult novels, but is also about a necromancer). I also recommend Katie MacAlister’s books. They’re about vampires, but are roughly the same genre.