zondag 26 februari 2012

Yasmine Galenorn – Shaded Vision

Book 11 in the Otherworld / Sisters of the Moon series, published February 7, 2012.

Shaded Vision

We’re the D’Artigo sisters: sexy, savvy ex-operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But being half-human, half-Fae means our powers could go haywire at any time – usually the wrong time. My sister Camille is a wicked-good witch with three sexy husbands. My sister Menolly Is a vampire who’s dating a werepuma. And me? I’m Delilah, a two-faced werecat and a Death Maiden. I watch over things in the Supe Community, where trouble is about to go down hard…
It’s the night before Valentine’s Day and we’re preparing for our friend Iris’s wedding. But when we get word that the Supe Community Council has been bombed, things get really ugly. The coyote shifters – the Koyanni – are back and Newkirk, their new leader, has joined forces with a group of rogue sorcerers. Then, just as we think things can’t get worse, the demon lord Shadow Wing sends in a new front man, and life really goes to hell…

Short series update: Camille, Delilah and Menolly are send to Earth from Otherworld to find the 9 spirit seals that protect the portals between the Earth, Otherworld and the Subterranean Realms, which is where the Demons live. The Demons want to take over Earth as their own personal pleasure dome, and after that, Otherworld.
The sisters are half human, and half Fae, with Camille being a Priestess of the Moon Mother, Delilah a Death Maiden for the Autumn Lord, and Menolly is a vampire, and the official consort of Roman, the son of the Vampire Queen Blood Wyne, the head of the race.
They have to find clues to the spirit seals, retrieve them, and fight off the demons also looking for them. And of course, their adversaries are getting stronger and harder to fight. But also their friends and allies increase, adding more and more characters to the storyline.
Otherworld is the Realm where the Fae live, the Elves, and almost every other creature you can think of, though Earth has its own population, especially of Were’s. They are called Supes. And it is the Supe community who is helping them fight.
The books are told from different point of views, first book centers on Camille, the second on Delilah, and the third on Menolly, and so on, with them taking the lead and focusing on their feelings and private life.

This book has Delilah as the leading lady again, and although I like the bits with the Autumn Lord and her duties as a Death Maiden, she is not my favourite sister. Although she is growing up and facing more of life’s unpleasant reality. In this book we learn a bit more about Shamas, their Fae cousin. He is a sorcerer, which Camille finds a personal blow, as sorcerers and those who serve the Moon Mother are on opposite sides. Their last big war destroyed a big part of Otherworld. And Chase also finds out more about himself, and his heritage. Drinking the Nectar of Life has changed him, and he is no longer a FBH. The Triple Treat has been testing him, and he is still recovering from what they have told him.

The book started in a good way, with the preparations of Iris’ wedding. Of course, things could never go smoothly, not even for a day, as bad things start happening. The Supe Community Hall is bombed, and 5 of their friends are killed. Otherworld’ firebombs have been used, and rumors about sorcerers are floating. Camille, Delilah and Menolly thought they had gotten rid of Jaycee and Van, the sorcerers who where making and dealing in Wolf Briar, but they were wrong. They never left, nor did they work for Stacia Bonecrusher. They have been allied to Shadow Wing al along. And now they are creating hate groups, and stirring unrest between the Supes and the humans, culminating in hate crimes. It is not pretty, but thanks to some new friends and old friends, the public eye is being opened, and counter measures are taken.

As usual, this book is fast paced, lots of action, and little time for sleep and leisure activities, though Delilah and her boyfriend Shade, who is half dragon, and half something else, do have time for some nice love scenes, but also some serious talks about their relationship. I like those parts of the series, the evolving of their personal lives even against all the danger and action they are in.

I liked this series from the start, even though the amount of secondary characters seem to grow too much to remember everything. For instance, it took me a while to remember Hannah, and she has a big part in the previous book. And then there are the many guys living with them, someone always has to stay home to protect the house, Menolly’s lair and their baby gargoyle Maggie. (She would be a favourite demon snack).
The three sisters are great characters, they all have a bigger destiny though I am not sure about Menolly yet. The people they fall in love with are totally different and awesome, each in his/her own way, and so are their friends. The bad guys do not tend to stick around long, but they sure are something else. Mostly demons of course, but also really evil people.
And this book even had zombies to fight! I hate reading about zombies, I really do, but Yasmine Galenorn made it not too icky for me, thank you for that.

I really advise you to start reading this series from the start, don’t fall in the middle of it, because you won’t be able to follow everything, and I want you to like this as much as I do. What happens in their personal lives is as important as the overall story arc to understand and enjoy it all.

8 stars.

3 opmerkingen:

  1. I'd mostly like to read this one to see how that one sister gets along with her harem ;)

  2. I might have to start reading this series. I never heard of it but it sounds very interesting. I love the cover of this one.