By Yasmine Galenorn
I enjoy this series and the sisters have really grown on me. I love that the first person POV switches between sisters in a rotation book by book. It mixes things up enough to allow me to read them fairly close together. The overreaching story arc, finding the spirit seals before the big, bad Shadow Wing’s demon henchmen – allows these three girls, who were never quite perfect enough while growing up, are now on the forefront of a war and are shown to be favored by powerful gods and immortal creatures. If they were so out of favor with the fae, being half fae, have human…why are they so interesting to gods and strong immortals? Hmmmm… I love it when the underdog kicks booty.
Anyway, this novel doesn’t have as much to do with the pending demon war but instead the mystery is about a vampire serial killer on the loose. This causes the humans to target all vampires until the killing is stopped so emotions are charged and danger is high. Additionally Menolly has been selected by Roman, one of the most powerful vampires around, for something more…
Menolly is finally feeling good about herself and being a vampire. She is in love with her girlfriend and her life seems to be stabilizing, regardless of the insanity that the sisters have to deal with every book. These books are great urban fantasies, with some smexy scenes and there is a thinly veiled sense of humor throughout the plot. So while it isn’t laugh out loud funny, usually she catches me off guard enough to laugh, chuckle or shake my head.
“The creatures acted a lot like the Blob – growing as they enveloped and assimilated their victims. Being digested alive by a living pile of snot was not my idea of a good time.” (pg 153)
So while this book doesn’t take us into the Otherworld, we get to go to the Seattle Underground and meet a new character, a powerful Elder Fae who strikes a bargain with Menolly to help eradicate some powerful, scary ghosts. But the bargain brings a connection, meaning we will probably be seeing her again soon. One thing that bugged me about the book is that there are a couple of chapters in the middle where they call each other dude a lot. It just started to bother me and then it seemed to stop. Weird!
This series does have a lot of characters and previously alluded to plot points so I would recommend reading them in order. Though you could enjoy this particular story since it is out of the main story arc, you would miss a lot of the ongoing issues and character development. Someone is getting hurt, another person is just recovering and major changes are happening for each of the sisters as well as the rest of their growing family of romantic interests, blood-relatives and friends. Not to mention the political environment for humans, the otherworld and vampire! The next book is told from Camille’s POV (she has 3 husbands, so they usually have the most smexing scenes) and they are finally going to help out Iris. I am interested to find out what happened to her!
These books are richly detailed, clever, fun, sometimes gross and quite sexy. If you like paranormal urban fantasy with romance and don’t mind a little gore at times, check these out! 4 stars.