Genre: urban fantasy
We're the D'Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae ex-operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is a wicked-good witch with three sexy husbands. My sister Menolly is a vampire married to a wildly hot werepuma. And me? I'm Delilah, a two-faced werecat and Death Maiden. The Supe Community is in danger, and now it's up to us to unravel a mystery to which we may not want the answers…
When two vampiric software engineers approach us about a missing colleague, we don't expect to find much. But then Grandmother Coyote steps in and our simple missing persons case rapidly devolves into a nightmare of debauchery, slavery, and corporate greed. Now, we must infiltrate and destroy an underground organization of influential men, led by the mysterious Lowestar Radcliff, before they discover we're on to them. But one misstep puts our whole operation and our lives in peril, and I must unleash my powers as a Death Maiden, even if it means destroying someone I love.
This book has Delilah as the narrator again, the middle sister, the cat shifter / Death Maiden. Delilah has been training as a Death Maiden hard lately, and she is ready to go out on her own, and harvest those souls that are forfeited. If they are evil, they will be “recycled”, but if they have died a hero, they will be escorted to the light.
The quiet times are over, Iris is having her twins, and the girls are needed everywhere else. The Wayfarer is torched, resulting in 8 casualties and Menolly has a very hard time to deal with the loss and responsibility. Delilah gets bitten by a nasty kind of Elder Fae and they barely manage to safe her. This of course means they will have to hunt the nest down and kill them all, before more innocent people are murdered. They need Ivana the Maiden of Karask to tell them how to do this, and how and possible where to find them. I have to admit, I really like her character.
Grandmother Coyote also gives them an assignment which turns out to be extremely dangerous, but their old friend Carter the demigod can give them some valuable information on the building and its owners and history. They might have fallen into something really nasty, and perhaps to big for them to handle with their friends and lovers. But Carter also has some surprising news for them for their private lives, very intriguing.
And then Elqaneve falls, and the war has come to Otherworld for real. Death and destruction reign, and the girls lose some people very close to them. Can the forces of good really win against the massive power of the sorcerers and their allies? The sisters can’t stay and fight, they are needed to continue their fight Earthside. If Shadowwing collects all the spirit seals, Earth as we know it will be lost forever…
I really love this series, but this book is not one of the best. Most of the books have a finished ending, a minor plot is solved, while the overall story arc continues. In this book, nothing really is accomplished, and I was surprised that the book had ended where it did, leaving all the threads hanging.
Of course I love following the three sisters on their quest and adventures, and see them grow and evolve in their private lives through all the pain and hardship they face and endure. My favourite is still the sexy Moonwitch/priestess Camille, and her three gorgeous husbands. Camille with her half dragon fiancée and their third, the Autumn Lord himself and Menolly, the vampire with her vampire Prince lover/escort and her puma shifter wife are a tie. They are half Fae, and the Fae just are not monogamous. So don’t think the sisters are screwing around as they like, because they don’t. They are polyamorous, and their lifestyle fits them.
Yasmine Galenorn sure can write characters you cannot help but fall for. This series is a lot darker than most Urban Fantasy I read, and I have loved it from the very first book. I never know where the plot is headed, what they will have to endure and solve this time. I do really like the originality of switching point of view in each book to the next sister, making her the one in charge for that part of the story.
© 2013 Reviews by Aurian