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3.31.2009

Review: Changeling by Yasmine Galenorn

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Changeling (Sisters of the Moon #2) by Yasmine Galenorn
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Fae, Shapeshifters
Mass Market Paperback (BERKLEY, 304 pages, $7.99)
ISBN# 0425216292
Released: June 2007 (Reviewed: December 2007)
Now comes Changeling-again featuring Camille, the good witch, Menolly, the vampire, and Delilah, a feline shapeshifter. They're the D'Artigo sisters, half-human, half-Faerie supernatural agents who are now enlisted to find the fiends responsible for slaughtering the weres of Rainier Puma Pride.
Author Site:
www.galenorn.com


Too many witches spoil the brew. (3 stars)

Changeling is the second book in the Sisters of the Moon series, the follow-up of Witchling. In Witchling we meet the D'Artigo sisters- Camille, the eldest who is a witch, Delilah, the middle child who is a werecat, and Menolly, the baby of the family who is a vampire.

After the plot of Witchling establishes the confusing existance of the three realms- Otherworld, Earth and the Subteranean Realms, Changeling picks up the same plot regarding the big bad evil known as Shadow Wing who is threatening to run the other two realms over. Of course that story alone wouldn't be enough so this book has Delilah approached by a member of the Rainier Puma Pride. The Pride has had a handful of mysterious murders and have finally gotten scared enough to look for help. Insert an even more confusing story about Native Americans who were turned into werespiders that now work for Shadow Wing and have an ancient grudge against the Pumas and you have the basic premise.

I know that many others have enjoyed this story more than Witchling, but I am the opposite. I felt that this story was not well plotted so that the two storylines intersected in a way that wasn't confusing and weak. I also feel that these books would have been better if they were not written in the first person perspective because Delilah felt just like Camille to me. In fact, I had a real hard time finishing the book because I could not buy Delilah as an entity unto herself.

The books aren't bad by any means, I think they have a great concept and not unlikable characters... I just feel like there too many characters and plots packed into this one book without being fleshed out individually enough to please a fan of other well loved paranormal serieses. The author also did two of my pet peeves in writing in this book which grated my nerves- she would "read directions" or rather write out how the characters were driving to a place down to the right and left turns to the point of seeming like filler AND she introduced a new character VERY late into the book, told us very little about them and then they were killed off like a nameless technician in an episode of Star Trek. I just personally would have preferred having a little bit of a reason to care that the character died, not be left feeling like this one was cannon fodder.

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