Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Demon Mistress - Otherworld Bk 6 - Yasmine Galenorn

The three D'Artigo sisters are back. Part Human/part Fae, and agents of the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. Camille, the eldest is the witch with the unpredictable powers, Delilah is the shapeshifter, and Menolly, the acrobat and vampire is the main focus of Demon Mistress.

Menolly is the bar manager of the Wayfarer. While cleaning with Iris they uncover the diary of an elf bartender who's disappeared. This then leads Menolly to find a ghoul in her woods. She knows that a ghoul equals a necromancer. It turns out there's a geek fraternity out there summoning demons, ghouls and trying to win Lord Shadow Wing's favour!

I discovered Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworld series with Darkling (book 3) which helps when reading Demon Mistress. Menolly's dark history is explored along with her struggles to overcome it. You can read Demon Mistress without the aid of the previous books, but I don't recommend it. Too many questions will remain unanswered for you.

The Otherworld series, and Demon Mistress is no exception, is what I consider Urban Romantic Fantasy. The relationships are intricate and visceral. You won't find a problem seeing the history (and present) of the sisters in your mind. Menolly is the focus, but Camille and Delilah's relationships with their partners is explored. Amazingly (for a series of books) you will find yourself with a sense of completion in Demon Mistress while still having expectations of the next in the series, Bone Magic.

Galenorn has created a universe of her own and takes you along for the ride. Galenorn pulls no punches in this latest of the Otherworld series. Demon Mistress is a wonderful addition and I am constantly amazed with Galenorn's ability to expand to this universe. Yasmine Galenorn receives my ultimate compliment to an author, she's a consummate storyteller.

Demon Mistress gets a Classic from me. 4 out of 4 stars. Highly recommended.

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1 comment:

  1. Consumate review! You make several fine points but it's also apparent you genuinely enjoy the series.