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The Otherworld series by Yasmine Galenorn

A series of books written on three half fae, half human sisters

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The Otherworld has three unlikely heroines

  • Oct 20, 2010
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I have not been able to pull myself away from this series. Unfortunately, the publisher has defined it as "paranormal romance". Yes, there are quite a few steamy erotic moments but they are merely a side note, a way to ease the reader after a million things have happened at once and you don't know which way you're headed. The books could survive without those moments but who are we kidding. We're human, we need sex...we thrive on sex. The act itself is a release of tension and that is how it is handled in the books. Now with that out of the way, onward and upward, always moving forward and backward.

The book series is written about the D'Artigo sisters, Camille, Delilah, and Menolly, who are half fae/half human. Camille is a witch whose magic almost always backfires. Delilah is a were cat that turns into a yellow tabby and Menolly is a vampire. Now if the line up doesn't sound weird enough, these girls are Otherworld agents all running different businesses set up by OW authorities as fronts. And they are Earthside's only defense against the evil Shadow Wing who is trying to steal the soul stones and unravel the world as we know it. Sounds like a fun Saturday night, right? There are other supporting characters all running a muck and each sister has a least two lovers or companions. That's enough to make a girl go crossed eyed. But these lovers and companions begin to make a small army when their powers are combined. 

The way the books are set up, each sister is the focus of one book. So far there are seven books with two on the way to publishing. Galenorn has a way of making each sister more human than their part. Each one has a flaw, an imperfection. They are all jaded in their own way and that just makes them all the more easier to connect with on a human level.  The writing can be a bit sloppy in some parts and you might have to re-read a section to make sure you got it right but it's so easy to lose yourself in the story and the world that Galenorn has  created for the reader. Sometimes, the imagery is so vivid it's like looking at a photograph or hearing the were panthers growl  or the blood oozing down your hands. I said Menolly was a vampire, right? While Galenorn is no Shakespeare, her writing and style are so easy to read. It just flows right off the page. Reading these books have been the highlight for me for about a month and half now and I am impatiently waiting for the next one to be released.  They are a pure delight and a wonderful escape from the everyday mundane. These girls kick butt and don't take names!

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The first in an engrossing new series about conflict in the magic modern world—as told by the half-human, half-Faerie D'Artigo sisters—the latest from Galenorn (One Hex of a Wedding) is a whimsical reminder of fantasy's importance in everyday life. Narrator Camille is a good witch with unpredictable powers who runs a Seattle bookstore while working as an Otherworld Intelligence operative, sent Earthside to keep an eye on things. When an operative from the Wayfaerer, a human/Faerie hangout, is killed, Camille springs into action with her sisters Delilah, a werecat, and Menolly, a freshly minted vampire. Tracing the murder back to evil demon leader Shadow Wing, the sisters find evidence of a far-reaching plot, but the Otherworld Intelligence Agency offers no help, stifled by bureaucratic red tape and a nasty Otherworld battle. Galenorn's gallery of rogues is an imaginative delight, each species and personality carefully crafted. Though the plot can drag, effusive characters and pretty writing ("I whispered, and the stars heard me from behind their cloud cover and answered") will lead readers through to the much-anticipated final battle. (Oct.)
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