Thursday, July 17, 2008

“Dragon Wytch” by Yasmine Galenorn

We're the D'Artigo sisters: savvy--and sexy--operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But being half-human, half-Fae short-circuits our talents at all the wrong times. My sister Delilah shapeshifts into a tabby cat whenever she's stressed. Menolly's a vampire who's still getting the hang of being undead. And me? I'm Camille, a wicked-good witch, trying to juggle faulty magic, gorgeous men, and the demonic war in which we're embroiled. Sometimes, it's hard to know just who we can trust...

"The Equinox is coming, and mayhem rules. A crown-prince unicorn offers us a legendary gift, but it vanishes. Goblins and trolls swarm the streets of Seattle. And now Smoky, the sexiest dragon alive, decides to stake his claim--on me. Overshadowing it all, the third spirit seal surfaces and Shadow Wing's after it. But I've discovered a secret that could change everything. A new power is rising--a dangerous force from the past--one that intends to restore balance to the worlds...whether we like it or not...
This is the fourth outing in the Sisters of the Moon series. Each novel has featured one of the sisters as the central character beginning with Witchling (Camille), followed by Changling (Delilah) and Darkling (Menolly). There is an overall story arc so it is helpful to have read previous volumes although not critical. With Dragon Wytch we return to Camille’s viewpoint.

A lot is happening in Camille’s life in this installment. The war with the Subterranean Realm is expanding - previously unknown powerful demons have been discovered to have been in Seattle for some time establishing their base and plans and seeking the third spirit seal. New unpoliced portals have opened into Otherworld and all kinds of unsavory fae are pouring into the human world causing mayhem and havoc. The Prince of unicorns presents Camille with a weapon - the horn of the black unicorn which expands the power of her magic but puts her life at risk – everyone is seeking to take it away from her. One of Camille’s lovers – Trillian – is sent on a mission and may be at risk of torture or even death causing additional stress. And Smoky calls in his debt with Camille, which may or may not be a good thing.

Morgaine and Titania, Queen of the Seelie Court put in a return appearance and there is the chance that the Queen of the Unseelie Court may be resurrected after millennia. Power is shifting everywhere and in the centre of it all are Camille and her sisters.

Can Camille cope with all of these overwhelming demands? And in the end can she go through with a final life-changing decision? An action-packed story that doesn’t neglect to take the time to further explore the personal side of Camille and the people in her life. Recommended (but make sure you read the earlier books).

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