The eighth book in the Otherworld / Sisters of the Moon series, published in 2010. A really great urban fantasy series, which I heartily recommend.
We're the D'Artigo sisters: sexy, savvy operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But being half-human, half-Fae means our supernatural talents can go haywire at any time. My sister Camille is a wicked good witch whose life recently took a drastic turn. Menolly's a vampire who's still getting the hang of being undead. And me? I'm Delilah, a werecat with a very interesting love life. But life isn't all fun and games. We're on the trail of the demon general who has decided that we've become quite a nuisance...
It's Samhain, and the Autumn Lord, has called for my training to begin with the Death Maidens...and I find that I like it. But we've got problems: werewolves are going missing and a new magical drug, "Wolf Briar," is being used as a weapon. My dear Chase and I have come to a delicate crossroads and there's no turning back from our decision. And most dangerous of all: Stacia Bonecrusher has put a bounty on our heads. Now it's a race to take out the demon general before she realizes the sixth Spirit Seal is within her reach...
This book continues where the previous one, Bone Magic, stopped. But this time it is the middle sister, Delilah, in the lead again. Her boyfriend Chase almost got himself killed, but for the Elixer of Life, that saved him. Or not. He is no longer human, and will live for a thousand years. It is very hard for him to come to terms with it, and for now, he wants to end their relationship. He needs to find himself. He still loves Delilah, but he needs to be alone. And that really tears her apart. Her other boyfriend, Zachary, also doesn’t want to see her as he is adjusting to live in a wheelchair. But she still has her master, the Autumn Lord, as she is his only living Death Maiden. He comforts her, and now her training begins. She meets the other Death Maidens, and her sister Arial, who lives with them. And she meets Shade, half shadow dragon, half something else. Very ancient, very powerful, and he reminds her very much of her master. She falls for him immediately, he is her Soulmate, just like Camille and her three husbands are.
Luke, the bartender working in Menolly’s bar and a werewolf without a pack, asks for her aid. His sister Amber has finally fled her abusive husband in Montana, and has come to Seattle to visit. But shortly after she checked in the hotel, she went missing. The police won’t do much about a missing shape shifter, so he asks Delilah for help. After all, she is a licensed P.I.
Together with Camille, they go scout out her hotelroom, and run afoul of some very bad magic, which lays Camille out cold. Wolf Briar, made from the glands of Alpha Werewolf Males, to turn other werewolves into submissives, for good. Apparently, it also affects other magic users in a bad way. And it can only be harvested from dead bodies …
Now they are not only looking for their enemy, the deadly lamia Stacia Bonecrusher, but also for some missing werewolves, and a rogue coyote pack, using the stuff. And not in the least, trying to find the next spirit seals.
The whole story is full of battles and action, finding out clues and following up on them. The cast of characters grows with each new book, so you really have to read this series in order. There are some love scenes, lots of magic and very colourful secondary characters. What is very important, is that the main three characters, Camille, Delilah and Menolly, grow in their own magic and powers and confidence in each book. They mature, handle loss and grief, and find their strengths together, the three of then, and together with their friends and lovers.
I love this series a lot, am so curious how it will al end, where the plot will take me. But for now, there are more spirit seals to find, so I am hoping for at least 4 more books. I am also dying to find out more about Iris and her secrets.