Whenever a reader picks up a paranormal book the biggest hope is to get a diverse world, interesting characters, and unique mythology. Witchling deliv...moreWhenever a reader picks up a paranormal book the biggest hope is to get a diverse world, interesting characters, and unique mythology. Witchling delivers. The series focuses on the three D'Artigo sisters Camille, Delilah, and Menolly. Each one as different from their looks to personalities. It's refreshing to have a series focus on sisterly love—nothing too gooey. The girls are OIA (Otherworld Intelligence Agency) agents sent earth side since their track record isn't all that great. The girls are half sidhe and half human, causing their magic to go haywire and get them in all kinds of trouble. Camille is the witch, Delilah, the house cat shifter, and Menolly the vampire.
Each book is told by a sister, starting with the oldest Camille. Camille is a required taste, coming off completely self absorbed. When she's in the middle of a demonic crisis she takes time to buy some lingerie. She's a buxom bombshell, she knows it and she flaunts it! She owns her sexuality and I love it. There's a lot of layers to Galenorn's characters and they have to be peeled back. Especially when a simple murder of an OIA agent turns into an end of the world scenario. A demon, Shadow Wing, is gathering Spirit Seals to merge the Subterranean realms, Otherworld, and Earth together. Many characters have to step up to the plate.
There's the full blooded human Chase, who comes off as a perv and slowly redeems himself. One of Camille's lovers is Trillian a Svartan, "dark elf", he's a cocky ass—which is what a guy has to be to be with Camille and handle her. Like Camille I don't love him, I grow to appreciate him. Morio enters the stage, a dark and mysterious Fox Demon and things get heated up! Then Smoky the dragon, with a kind streak, pops up and he turns into a powerful ally—and man. Lot's of man candy! Don't worry it's not all about Camille's lovers and the men in her life. The sisters have things going on and it's fun keeping tabs on them as Menolly starts to go to Vampires Anonymous, and Delilah has a few firsts.
It seems like more and more PNR/UF titles have very sparse writing, or trendy writing. Such as the House of Night series, Accidentally Friends series, some of Mary Janice Davidson's, and so many others. Galenorn's style is poetic at times, and the images it paints are sometimes breath taking and other times harsh. That doesn't mean that the writing isn't "modern" there's plenty of media humor from movies, music, and such. The best thing about Galenorn's style is the mix of rich writing with some of the slang of today. Everything blends beautifully from action to romance, mystery to sisterly love, horror to humor and so on. A few times I even had to look up the definition of a couple of words, which in my book is a good thing!
There are so many amazing creatures, mythology, and ideas to work with in the Otherworld series. Galenorn balances it all so well! The way the Otherkin see humans and humans see the myths is amazing. Some humans treat them like celebrities, others with indifference, and then of course the human only extremists. The mythical creatures for the most part see humans as lowly and don't exactly treat them right, but just like with the way humans there are other factions. The worlds blend together beautifully from politics to magic, and it's wonderful.
What a great start to a series! Each sister is very appealing and it's exciting to be able to change POV between the three Camille, Delilah, and Menolly each book. The characters and the way they interact are so complex, and I love how Galenorn's simple touches make them seem real. Between the amazing mythology and Otherworld politics I am one happy fantasy reader. The save the world plot is just the cherry on top! This book, and clearly this series is going to be magic!
Sexual Content: Considering that the sidhe are pretty lose and free with sex it’s not to bad. There are sex scenes, but nothing to graphic.
When ever I pick up an Otherworld book I'm always surprised by how much I enjoy them. Each sister has a fun take on Galenorn's world. Camille is the e...moreWhen ever I pick up an Otherworld book I'm always surprised by how much I enjoy them. Each sister has a fun take on Galenorn's world. Camille is the eldest, then Dehilah, and finally Menolly. This book is from my favorite sister, Delilah, and stands as number 5. I love how the books transition from sister to sister. The plots always merge seamlessly, which is a good thing because there is a lot of plot.
I admit to having some doubts about Night Huntress. I just couldn't image how Galenorn would make me interested in the relationship between Dehilah and Chase (the full blooded human boyfriend). It wasn't the interspecies aspect, but the fact the Chase cheats on poor Dehilah. Though, admittedly, Delilah was the first to cheat, except she fesses up to it. Sounds like crazy soap opera junk, right?. Well it works. Galenorn pulls everything off, and in spite of myself, I was cheering the lovebirds on.
These are paranormal romance books so if you have doubts I'd suggest checking them out from the library. The series is peppered with sexual content. Each book has enough insane plot and a wild cast of characters to make up for the Romance aspect. Everything mythology you could possibly think of is packed into these books. I find myself not only waiting for the continuing adventures of the sisters, but pondering what crazy mythology Galenorn will think of next. (less)
Rosemarie, or Rose, never got her happy ending, her hundred years of slumber was cut short. Instead of waking up to prince charming...moreMini Description:
Rosemarie, or Rose, never got her happy ending, her hundred years of slumber was cut short. Instead of waking up to prince charming and a perfect kiss, she is awoken to a nightmare and the perfect monster. Now she is the scourge, killing all Ogre she can sink her blade into and working for the dark fairy. Rose's life of slaying however is jeopardized when a fairy prophecy holds her doom and everyone wants her dead. Only the two men in her life Gareth, a sexy vampire, and Ambrose, her fairy companion for the last century, offer to help her out. How can Rose trust anyone when one of them will betray her?
This tale takes place in 1750 in, the majority of the time, London. Rose has been working the ogre slaying scene for about a century. She trusts no one, even Ambrose who has been her companion during her century. Harsh and a kick butt fighter, Rose has to be my favorite version of the Sleeping Beauty princess. The ogres are so cool, most books that have Ogres never go into detail about them, they just like to eat. In Night's Rose we find out that Ogres not only eat humans to stay alive, but they also have to breed with these meals to keep the family going.
Evans compliments the time period beautifully. The dialogue in this novel is wonderful with the wit of the 1700 flavoring it. All of her writing fits so perfectly I can believe in the time period. At times, though, I feel a little modern thought, and dialogue, breaking out. Not enough to distract from the story, just enough to notice.
There aren't too many sex scenes in this novel, but the sexual tension killed this book for me. Instead of exploring this wonderful world Evans has created, or even just a little more character depth, the over the top sexual tension knocks any world building flat on its face. While I do understand that Night's Rose is a sub genre of romance, the story should always be on equal grounds (if not more) then the romance. At least in my book, I want them to balance out enough that I don't feel the sex taking away from the tale. There were sections in the story where Evans would dedicate a page, if not pages, to how hot and bothered one of the love interests was getting her. Forget that everyone was out to kill her.
The love interests where another sore point for me. Gareth, our yummy vampire, was definitely well done. The growth between Rose and Gareth was very appealing and moved slow enough to get to know the two, and swift enough so that it didn't drag. Now Ambrose, the dark fairy, irritated me to no end. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll be a little vague. Ambrose betrayal shocked me, I figured he would be the one, but it was just terrible. Rose though, after her initial upset is practically ready to go swooning into Ambrose's arms. Sure, the whole live and forgive thing is great and all, but I have lost respect for Rose.
This book would get a two from me, but where the reader is actually able to enjoy the world Evans has created it saves face. This is probably a library title. The only way I would even think about continuing the series, is that I have to know what is going to happen between Rose and Ambrose. I fear the worst, but then there's the chance that Rose might get some common sense.
Graphic sex scenes and over bearing sexual tension. (I don't want to give too much away.) There is a rape, we don't get into the rape, only the after math of it. (less)