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I Belong


Review: Crimson Veil by Yasmine Galenorn

Crimson VeilTitle: Crimson Veil

Author: Yasmine Galenorn

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Otherworld (Book #15)

Publication Date: January 28, 2014

Format: Paperback, 287 Pages

ISBN-10: 0515152838 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0515152838 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

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 gorgeous husbands. Delilah is a two-faced werecat and a Death Maiden. And me? I’m Menolly, a vampire married to a scorching hot werepuma. And right now, we’re facing enemies on all sides?

It’s been a long and devastating week. Back in Otherworld, war has decimated the elfin city of Elqaneve, our father has gone missing, and Shadow Wing has managed to obtain another spirit seal. On the home front, somebody burned down my bar, the Wayfarer, killing eight people, including a friend.

To make matters worse, we still haven’t found a way to stop Lowestar Radcliff—the daemon in charge of a supernatural corporate power grab. He’s attempting to awaken Suvika, the lord of vice and corrupt businessmen, and we have to stop him. Our enemies are closing in on all sides, and this time, there’s no place to hide.?

Quick & Dirty: With a war in the Otherworld, their father missing, and Menolly’s bar burnt down Earthside, life is anything but boring for the D’Artigo sisters. And it’s only going to get worse from here…

Opening Sentence: The sky was clear for once, though rain was forecast before morning.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

This series has always been on my to read list, but I just haven’t been able to get around to reading it. So I obviously felt very uneasy with hopping right in with book 15. On top of that, I’ve had a very hard time getting into Galenorn’s Indigo Court series, so I wasn’t entirely sure how I was going to feel about this one. Luckily, most of the time, I didn’t feel super lost. I was a little overwhelmed by the number of characters when the book first started, but I eventually began to get everyone straightened out. In addition, I enjoyed this book much more than I’ve liked any of the Indigo Court novels, so I have a very positive feeling about how I’m going to feel about this series as it goes on.

The D’Artigo sisters are worn out and stressed to put it mildly. Between the war in Otherworld and problems that keep popping up Earthside, they have no time to take it easy. Menolly’s bar was set aflame, killing those caught inside. Before she has the chance to truly deal with that loss, she’s in a serious car accident, and the Fae at fault disappears, leaving Menolly to wonder if the crash was intentional. Then, another bar burns down. The sisters suspect they know who is behind everything. The problem is finding him. Will they be able to do so before it’s too late?

As I said before, despite this being book 15 in the series, it was fairly easy for a newcomer to follow. I mainly found myself confused about the war in Otherworld and would sometimes have to reread sections in order to follow what was going on. Thankfully, most of the plot of this particular book centered on Earthside, and it wasn’t entirely necessary for me to understand everything else. While I enjoyed the book, I think those who are caught up on the series will enjoy this installment the most.

I think my favorite aspect of this book focused on the relationship between Menolly and her wife. While it wasn’t a big part of the book by any means, it still stood out to me. A lot of times in paranormal romance/urban fantasy, the relationships don’t always portray real life issues,but here, we get to see Menolly and Nerissa struggling with problems in their relationship that could affect any real life couple. I really enjoyed getting that dose of reality amongst all the urban fantasy aspects of the book.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. All I could think about while I was reading was that I wanted to read the 14 books that came before this one so that I could really get to know all of these characters. I’m looking forward to doing so!

Notable Scene:

Camille let out a soft murmur. “It’s…there’s something in here with us. I can feel it and I’m not even trying.”

“She’s right,” Bran said, startling me. His voice was smooth, yet guttural, and it echoed through the shell of a room.

“What do you sense?” I hoped we could be forearmed. I was tired of being taken by surprise. But if they could say a word, a movement caught my eye and I turned. Out from the walls, and I do mean out from the walls–stepping directly through the solid drywall as if it were mere illusion–came five figures. They were bipedal, female by the look of their breasts, and they were composed of living flame. Burning brightly, with tongues of flames crackling off them, they looked like some CGI animated creatures, orange and yellow and all shades comprising fire.

As we stood there, staring at them, they moved toward us. Then one raised her hand, and a ball of fire lit up the air as she sent the orb heading in our direction.

“Holy fuck!” Camille yelled as she dove to the right. Delilah dropped to the floor. I wasn’t sure what Bran and Shade were up to because, before I realized what I was doing, I raced forward toward the woman, and the next thing I knew, I had knocked her to the ground, trying to get hold of her. Her skin burned my fingers, and I realized she truly was living flame. And that was when it dawned on me that I was in serious trouble. I tried to scramble away, but she caught hold of my wrist, and as my skin began to ignite, I realized I was about to die the final death.

Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon Series:

0.5 Etched in Silver

1. Witchling

2. Changeling

3. Darkling

4. Dragon Wytch

5. Night Huntress

6. Demon Mistress

6.5 The Shadow of Mist

7. Bone Magic

8. Harvest Hunting

9. Blood Wyne

9.5 Ice Shards

10. Courting Darkness

11. Shaded Vision

12. Shadow Rising

13. Haunted Moon

14. Autumn Whispers

15. Crimson Veil

15.5 Flight from Hell

16. Priestess Dreaming

17. Panther Prowling

18. Darkness Raging (October 2015)

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FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Crimson Veil. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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