Sunday, February 1, 2009

Review - "Night Huntress" by Yasmine Galenorn

FROM THE BOOK COVER:
We're the D'Artigo sisters: sexy, savvy operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But being half-human, half-Fae means our supernatural talents always go haywire at the wrong time. My sister Camille is a wicked good witch who attracts men like honey attracts flies. Menolly's a vampire who's still getting the hang of being undead. And me? I'm Delilah, a werecat who's been marked by the Autumn Lord as one of his Death Maidens. And wouldn't you know it, Karvanak--the demon general who stole the third Spirit Seal--is back. And this time, he's out for blood...

The Hags of Fate enjoy seeing me squirm. First, my boyfriend, Chase, mutters another woman's name in his sleep. Then I discover the Autumn Lord has a very special plan for me. But things go from bad to deadly when Karvanak--the Rāksasa--returns. In order to get his greedy hands on both the fourth Spirit Seal and his former associate, Vanzir, he kidnaps Chase. Now, we have to find a way to rescue the man I love without risking the safety of both Otherworld and Earth...
Night Huntress is the fifth book in the Sisters of the Moon urban fantasy series. Each new book rotates the point of view of the main character and werecat Delilah is featured this time around. The war against Shadow Wing and his demon forces and the search for the Spirit Seals continues. The team the D’Artigo sisters has assembled is beginning to function as a cohesive whole. More then in previous books the action and each mission they undertake is done together. As a result we get to spend more time with each of the secondary characters learning more about them (Roz and Vanzir in particular) adding new dimensions and building greater rapport with the reader.

Night Huntress delivers plenty of life lessons for Delilah. Clearly she is becoming the ‘general’ of this new army. Where previously she had always looked to older sister Camille for answers and directions, Delilah is now learning to trust her own judgement. With the least relationship experience of the sisters, Delilah is confronted with unfamiliar emotions when she catches her lover Chase in a lie and we watch as she works through the heartache and uncertainty it brings.

Delilah’s bond and fealty to the Autumn Lord as the first living Death Maiden is explored in greater detail beginning with a plan to control the shift of her inner panther. The Autumn Lord also reveals an even more significant aspect of their mutual destiny (sorry no spoilers). In one particularly harrowing action sequence Delilah confirms a long held suspicion about the existence of a twin. The implications are intriguing and hold some very interesting possibilities for her future.

The world-building in this series continues to enthral and the D’Artigo sisters are the urban fantasy equivalent of the three musketeers (only sexier), drawing interesting people to them and providing plenty of fun and excitement. Each book is an adventure and remains fresh because of the changing focus of the main protagonist and their complicated relationships with lovers and partners. I want to know more about each of these unique individuals and where life is taking them. Best read in order (see below), the Sisters of the Moon series is diverting and entertaining.

Night Huntress provides a handy Glossary of Otherworld terms and definitions and there is a preview of Demon Mistress (Book 6) at the back of the book.

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Penguin Group (USA) Berkley
Published: January 2009
ISBN #: 9780425225462
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288

Sisters of the Moon Series:

  1. Witchling (2006) Camille POV
  2. Changeling (2007) Delilah POV
  3. Darkling (2008) Menolly POV
  4. Dragon Wytch (2008) Camille POV
  5. Night Huntress (January 6, 2009) Delilah POV
  6. Demon Mistress (July 2009) Menolly POV
  7. Bone Magic (January 5, 2010) Camille POV
  8. Untitled (July 2010) Delilah POV
  9. Untitled (January 2011) Menolly POV

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4 comments:

  1. This might have to be a series I try again. I think I attempted to read the first one when I was in a funk. (You know too much of a good thing, every other book was about witches.) Might give it another go though.

    Thanks for the review

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  2. This is another series that I've been meaning to read. I came across this series at the bookstore and was wondering if you've read it, Wraith "A Zoe Martinique Investigation by Phaedra Weldon the 2nd book is Spectre ?

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  3. Sarai I find I get into a run of UF books that use the same supernatural protagonist and it is good to get a change of pace. One of the things about this series is that the POV shifts from the witch to the shapechanger and then the vampire.

    Hey Tanya yes I have read both of Phaedra Weldon's books and love the Zoe character. I would compare her books to Kat Richardson's Greywalker series. Zoe becomes mute and it is fascinating to see a character written with no dialogue.

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  4. Interesting I didn't know that, I might just read that after I Buy Bone Crossed from Patricia Briggs.
    ...thx for the info. (I don't think my TBR pile will ever be finished lol)

    Currently reading the 2nd book
    from C.E. Murphy, House Cards. Heart Of Stone was a good read, with an interesting twist at the end. I'm hoping the 2nd book answers a few questions that the 1st book left in the air.

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