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Dervishes Don't Dance

(Valkyrie Bestiary #2)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  627 ratings  ·  64 reviews
A Guardian is dead. Fae are missing. And someone has let a golem loose in town. Ride along with Kyra Greene, the only pest controller qualified to deal with the strange and wonderful creatures that come out the shadows when magic flares.

Dervishes Don’t Dance is the second book in the Valkyrie Bestiary series.
Kindle Edition, 238 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by WrongTree Press
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Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited, uf
I enjoyed it, but I'm not sold on Mason as love interest, and I find the way Kyra is hurling herself into the relationship to be... embarrassing. Like, I'm embarrassed for her utter lack of self respect. She's had like 3 encounters with this guy, and after each one he ignores her for six months or more (after the first one, for a whole year!). Yet she obsesses about him in this insta-love way that is eyerolling. At one point in her inner narrative she swears to herself that "after everything we' ...more
Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good

My only issue was that at times, the story did not flow along like it did in the first book. However, it was still entertaining and I will be picking up the next book when it is released.
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Still enjoying this little series, still loving Kyra and her menagerie of orphans. Still see no purpose for Mason whatsoever. 4 stars
John Colley
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every bit as good as the first

I love these books for all of the critters and I adore the strays picked up by Kyra. The books are better when Mason is around. There was a long build up and then the end seemed rushed. Regardless a good sequel. This would be 4.5 but as that is not possible I have rounded it up.
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Engaging read

This is the second book in Kim McDougall's series. I highly recommend bot books! These books a refreshing take on the paranormal world.
They are in turns, interesting, funny, witty, thought provoking, and romantic.
I am eagerly anticipating the next book in her series!
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I am dissatisfied but this is well-written

I enjoy these stories but I don't appreciate how Eurocentric they are when they're set in Canada. There are centuries of indigenous belief and mythology on this land but here i am reading YET ANOTHER urban fantasy series with none of that* except a brief mention of an entity that, so I've been told, isn't even supposed to be a named thing. I don't know if I'll bother reading more in this series or not, partially because of that and partially because of
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable distraction

The world building is interesting, and the creatures are lovable. I especially enjoy the pop culture references that make characters look at the MC oddly, five-by-five, what’s a phone booth, etc.
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Just not to my taste

I can't quite put my finger on it. Reading this book made me feel like it was barely scratching the surface. The romance between the h and the Captain was superficial and not convincing. They barely spend time together and yet she's already in love with him. He blows hot and cold but she always comes running when he calls. And even when he doesn't. Her personality feels bland. So do the secondary characters. And the story has some time jumps. Like when she learned very import
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Charming sequel

A very charming sequel to the first book, in pretty much all ways—including an Ollie update. It’s nice McDougall doesn’t forget about characters in previous books, an all too common issue in urban paranormal series. McDougall also picks several threads from the first book, which again helps with an overall sense of coherence.

This time around, Kyra is trying to investigate a Guardian’s murder—or at least, what she thinks is a murder. Unfortunately, she can’t convince the very bigo
Maghon Thomas
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Oh man. I have so much to say and I can’t say most of it because I don’t like spoilers. First, I love Kyra, for so many reasons. She’s still a slightly broken soul and yet she gives all she has for so many others. I love her house of critters, but they’re friends. Just because they speak a different language doesn’t mean she has trouble understanding them, and them with her. I’m also hopelessly waiting for Henry Mason to finally really throw caution to the wind. I’m thrilled that I won’t h
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Book 2

Kyra, the Valkyrie pest exterminator (not that she always exterminates them), has been asked by the gargoyles to investigate a murder.
Then there are the Fae that are disappearing, her relationship woes (and those of her friends)- she has a lot going on!
To top it all off, it looks like one of the Montreal council members is irritating Terra...

This is the second book of the series, and is just as good as the first. It’s a fast paced urban fantasy, with an overarching background story (so rea
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful read in a great alternate world.

Dystopian novels come in all flavors and series has a great twist on how Terra reacted when it just got to be too much. In this book we learn more about the mysterious stone which has survived many attempts at being destroyed and has even survived being in the belly of a dragon. Once again we see Kyra and her creatures facing peril but her circle of s growing as she has more than Gita to help. Mason and Angus are back and now they are asking Kyra for
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really love this series! Dervishes takes place in a captivating post apocalyptic world populated with a fantastical array of creatures. Kyra is strong, intelligent and very kind. She has a unique heritage and a fascinating combination of skills and gifts to draw upon. Her romantic interest has a compelling history and they are both filled with loss and longing that is very poignant. The writing and story arc are exceedingly good. This series is one of my favorite examples of why I love Urban F ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it
I really enjoy the accidental cryptozoology aspect - Kyra's little menagerie of misfits always steal the show whenever one of them shows up. But as for the rest of the characters, it just feels like all the relationships are missing something. Not just the romance angle, but the interpersonal and working relationships as well. There's no real chemistry, which makes me, at least, struggle to invest in any of them emotionally. I *want* to like the characters, but I also can't being myself to care ...more
Norine Luker
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A fantasy mythical mash up

This series incorporates a lot of different themes and tropes. Because this author can actually write, it works. In this post apocalyptic world, Earth has finally had it with the ravages of man. The fae and other creatures are part of the civilization that is left. Our hero, Kyra, is a mashup too, but fundamentally rescues little creatures under the guise of pest control. Here she is pursuing a mystery that threatens all, while falling in love with one of the creators o
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it

This KU library selection is a continuation of Kyra's story in a post apocalyptic world. A Valkyrie with a touch of Dryad magic, Kyra works in pest control and rescues strange creatures who have no way to care for themselves. She lives in a small apartment with her menagerie and a Banshee and is in an almost, but not quite, relationship with a cursed gargoyle, Mason. This book was good, but I didn't enjoy it as much as book one. It has introduced the dysfunctional politics of the time along
Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Just bonkers.

Perhaps it’s because I’m still awake at 1am having just binge read this, but it jumped around so much that I wasn’t sure what I was going to get before the end.

Kyra and Mason are complicated, and their growing relationship hasn’t been smooth sailing. Gabe is a mystery that I want to get to the bottom of, and we’re seeing that the Fae’s priorities only align so far with Kira and Masons. A lot of action with more possibilities for future storylines becoming apparent. Very interesting.
Heather Hammond
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very exciting series

A world very changed by war, by magic, by the creatures made by the combination of both.
Kyra is a complex individual with a lot of emotional baggage but who has found her calling being a critter wrangler. She tries to help and re-home as many as she can, even the dangerous ones.
Mason is trying to atone for his past and drawn to Kyra even though it is safer for both of them to stay away.
The underlying theme of fighting against the corruption of those in charge is universal.
Tracy Kaufman
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I found this series by accident. This series has wonderful world building with characters especially the main female character that are just wonderful. I love the non stop action. The slow burn romance is perfect. I have have a hard time with authors having love scenes that should be called erotica. I am an ex search and rescue handler so having all the critters and their back stories is the icing on the cake. It is a fun inventive series; so if you enjoy urban fantasy pick this up, because you ...more
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jacoby rules!

I really enjoyed this book, the series so far is excellent. Well written and an excellently easy to follow evolution of the story.

The story follows Kyra through a dystopian, magically infused Montreal, quietly doing her pest control job while learning more about herself, her wards, her friends and Mason.
Jacoby has made a place for himself in Kyra’s world and in our hearts - he is a true hero!
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I severely liked the first.
I loved the second.

I'm so excited I don't even know how to form the words.
I love the details on all the magical creatures, I love that in the middle of a big story we're still learning about small little creatures in this universe. From what the folklore tells us they are, to what they are in the reality of the universe.

And I love the critter-scenes in her home.
M.J. Moores
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Kim McDougall has done it again!
I nearly devoured this book in one sitting (blame having to feed my family for not finishing it in one day). Jacoby captured my heart (that wily little fire dervish). I loved meeting Kyra's new "friends/rescues" and delving a little deeper into her assistant, Gabe's, mysterious background. And, I have to say that the new detective at Hub is the perfect pain in the derrière to compliment Kyra. I can't wait for book 3: Hell Hounds Don't Heel!
Another fantastic read in this series, although the end left more questions than answers, I’m hoping some will be answered in the next book.
Jacoby & Errol are two of my favourite characters - along with Hunter, and Ollie and...
Never mind, just buy the books and read them so you can understand (and hopefully agree with) the reference.
Dervishes may not dance but they do know how to love. #TeamJacoby
Ms. Cyn
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Kyra has a new mystery to solve. Someone is stealing Fae and it looks like they are high up the chain of command. Although there aren't a lot of details explain the how's that were involved, the culprit is found at least. I like how everything is connected. The on again off again relationship between her and Mason keeps giving my hopes up. I still really enjoy all of Kyra's creature friends. They all have interesting characters.
Tim Chappell
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mo Better

I was a little disappointed with the first book in the series but I'm glad I decided to read the second book because it got much better. More focused than the first book ,with the same ,and more ,delightfully,imaginative creatures. Looking forward to the third book ,due out in February. That will give me a chance to re-read the first two again
bytha garner
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good Read

What I like about our main character Susan is that she is a mature adult, with life experiences which give her a credible past. As a person who removes unwanted pests she also has a real job which leads her into many interesting and dangerous adventures. This is the second book and I can hardly wait for the third.
Lillie Ward
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another great story

This story continued with the fantastic creatures and some with winning personalities!
I really have enjoyed both these and am looking forward to the next in the series, I'm dying to continue the series but not wanting it to end either! Oh the quandary of reading a great series!
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Although I really liked the first book, this one wasn't as fun to read. I was expecting more about the rescues that live with our Valkyrie. More interesting cases and not only those who are necessary for the plot. There was also too much brooding and complaints about a magical sword for my taste.
I'm very curious who Gabe is...
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Kyra et al, on another adventure!

Well, this was a fun ride! I laughed, I cried, I cheered n support, I yelled in frustration! I really appreciated that overall I couldn't see what was about to happen next. I much prefer to be able to get caught up in the mystery, and this book delivered!
Pam Bales
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great series

Interesting characters, intriguing plot excellent setting and a little romance plus dangerous circumstances all create a most satisfying read. They are like potato chips, no one can eat just one. Lucky me, I have a prequel and number three waiting for my attention. Definitely check out this series.
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