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3.31.2009

Review: Darkling by Yasmine Galenorn

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Darkling (Sisters of the Moon #3) by Yasmine Galenorn
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Fae, Vampires
Mass Market Paperback (BERKLEY, 304 pages, $7.99)
ISBN# 0425218937
Released: January 2008 (Reviewed: March 2008)
The D'Artigo sisters, Camille, Delilah, and Menolly, are half-human, half- Fae operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. When humans begin to go missing, then turn up as newly born vampires, Menolly- an acrobat extraordinaire-turned-vampire- must face the demons haunting her memories.
Author Site:
www.galenorn.com


From the darkness springs a light. (5 stars)

Darkling is the third book in the Sisters of the Moon series, the follow-up of Changeling(2). In Witchling(1) 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.

The plot of Witchling establishes the confusing existance of the three realms- Otherworld, Earth and the Subteranean Realms and introduces us to a host of otherwordly species from both those found on Earth and those from without. Darkling draws us further into the darker sides of these races. Menolly is dragged into a hunt for her own kind this time: vampires. The tale of how she was turned is revealed this time, giving us a new villain to loathe, Menolly's sire, Dredge. She's pretty sure he's behind the recent murders and turnings happening around Seattle, she just has to find out if he's working for his own agenda or that of Shadow Wing.

Though darker in tone and content, Darkling is a story about healing. Menolly has been through so much more than anyone close to her knows and she finally has to face her demons both inside and out. Some fans will be disappointed that Smoky makes no appearance in this book but Maggie, Iris, Erin and Tim/Cleo, some other fan faves are all here and greatly enrich the story.

I personally enjoyed Darkling the most of the three books in the series thus far. It was more emotional, touching and empowering than the other installments and Menolly turned out to be so much more than I had anticipated. A great new character, Roz, is introduced and while this story went off into left field regarding the main thread of the series it brought the sisters closer together which I think will be very important in future books. Greatly looking forward to the next installment- Dragon Wytch.

2 comments:

SciFiGuy said...

Love that you are reviewing this series. Menolly is my favorite of the sisters. Guess its the vampire thing.

Rhi said...

I didn't think I'd like Menolly when I read the first book. She seemed so... stand-offish. But then Darkling just opened up the can of worms that was the why of the who she is and she became my favorite too! Thanks for commenting SciFiGuy!

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