donderdag 22 juli 2010

Yasmine Galenorn - Night Myst

The first in the Indigo Court series.

Night Myst

Eons ago, vampires tried to turn the Dark Fae in order to harness their magic, only to create a demonic enemy more powerful than they could have imagined. Having quietly amassed their strength for centuries, the Vampiric Fae are determined to enslave the world. Now Myst, the Vampiric Fae Queen of the Indigo Court, is rising again – and a long prophesied war is about to begin.

Cicely Waters, a witch who can control the wind, has returned home to New Forest, Washington, after learning that her family is in danger. The Indigo Court holds the city in fear. People are vanishing, and strange deaths plague the town. And when she is swept into an unexpected and passionate reunion with Grieve, the Fae prince who taught her how to harness the wind, Cicely finds herself with a fierce and territorial lover.

But Grieve has become enslaved by Myst’s court, and now, caught between two evils, the lovers must survive the machinations of the Vampiric Fae queen, even as Cicely untangles the hidden secrets to her own heritage.

It is a compelling story that begins with this first book in a brand new series. Yasmine Galenorn is one of my favourite authors, I totally love her cozy series, and her Otherworld series are good too. Original, sexy and funny.

Yasmine has created a new world in this Urban Fantasy genre. Cicely is a witch, magic-born, with strange tattoo’s and a Wind Elemental helping her to stay alive. Years ago her mother left her heritage of magic behind, and took Cicely with her, living from day to day, till she died, sucked dry by the Vampire who made her his bloodwhore. Cicely vows never to become that. But when, upon returning to New Forest, she finds out her beloved aunt is abducted by the Indigo Court, she has to accept the help from the Crimson Court, the “normal” Vampires in town, and they demand a price …

Her niece, Rhiannon is a fire witch, but due to an accident when she was a teen, her magic is hidden deep within her, and is now threatening to come out, whether she wants it or not. She has to learn to control it.

There are only a few people left to help them. Leo, Rhiannon’s boyfriend, who is working for the Vampires as a day runner, to do their chores for them. And Kaylin, some other kind of supernatural being, a Dream Walker, with a demonic side.

A lot happens in this first story, too much to describe, and it would perhaps spoil your reading fun. There is the attraction between Cicely and her old love, Grieve. But the Vampires also want her for their own goals. And they use attraction and sex too. In kinds I don’t like to read about. It is perhaps a darker story than I am used too, but the overall story line will keep me hooked throughout the series. I just have to know what will happen next.
The things happening to Cicely, the things she finds out about herself, the strange kinds of magic, it is just all very compelling.

If you like to read about all kinds of supernatural beings, and a very good and original story, this is a book for you.

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