Mystery / Fantasy
My First Foray into Magic and Mystery:
A Review of Yasmine Galenorn’s Witchling
By Linda Lafaire
I am an avid book reader and I mostly stick to mystery and detective novels. My favorite place to buy books is Booksamillion.com. They have a great selection and I can browse books much easier then going to the local big chain.
This past November, I was looking for new books when the title Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn came up. I frowned and looked puzzled as to why this book would come up in the Mystery and Detective section. Intrigued now, I open up the title and read the synopsis:
"Meet the D'Artigo sisters, Delilah, Menolly, and Camille: half-human, half-faerie, they're savvy--and sexy--operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency, but their mixed-blood heritage short-circuits their talents at all the wrong times."
Now, being a fan of Charmed (the first three seasons of it anyway), I said why not and added it to my shopping cart.
The premise of the book is three sisters living in Seattle, Washington. One of the Otherworlders is murdered and the chief suspect is Shadow Wing the leader of the Subterranean Realms. The sisters, along with some help including a FBW (Full Blooded Human) are assigned to keep Shadow Wing and his minions from killing all humankind and taking over Earth along with Otherworld. There is one big catch…the sisters' magic doesn’t always cooperate when they want it to.
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how good this book actually was. Written in the first person with Camille’s point of view gives great insight to the sisters, their friends, and the various characters they encounter along the way. There are some surprisingly humorous events in the book as well as wonderful fantasy characters and my favorite, a good mystery. The characters are well defined and very witty in their dialogue. The action scenes are detailed, action-packed and spread throughout the book. There is also some romance in the book just to add a little spice to the story.
The chapters flow evenly and the great storytelling makes Witchling a fast read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery, fantasy, and to anyone who wants to broaden their horizons with some great magic. There will be a sequel coming out in June of this year with Delilah’s POV used. The title will be Changeling.