Wednesday, July 25, 2012
REVIEW: Yasmine Galenorn's Night Seeker
Author: Yasmine Galenorn
Series: Indigo Court
Publishing stats: July 3rd 2012 by Berkley (USA)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Cover Blurb: Eons ago, vampires tried to turn the dark Fae to harness their magic, only to create a demonic enemy more powerful than they could have imagined. Now, the Vampiric Fae are on the move, hunting anyone in their path. As the war with the vampires ratchets up, Myst, Queen of the Indigo Court, enshrouds New Forest in her chilling grasp.
Cicely Waters, owl shifter and Wind Witch, has rescued the Fae Prince Grieve at a great cost. Their reunion has lost them the allegiance of the Summer Queen — and the tolerance of the vampires. In desperation they turn to the Consortium for help. Now, to regain the good will of Lainule, they must dare to enter the heart of Myst's realm. But as Cicely and Grieve embark on their search for the heartstone of Summer, Winter is already wreaking her terrifying revenge.
First line: The night was still.
What I liked: Ms. Galenorn has a definite knack for managing large casts. Not only does she ensure that each character is distinct, she has mastered the trickiest talent of all; providing each character with enough stage time so readers are content but in such a way that it is woven naturally into the story telling. In other words, in terms of style, think less General Hospital, more Avengers. I also liked the vividness and detail of description Ms. Galenorn employed. From the forests, to the characters, every sight was treated to a cloak of language that painted it as vibrantly in the mind's eye better than any literal picture could have managed.
What I didn’t like: There was something off about how Cicely talked. She's supposed to be a streetwise twenty-six year old who has spent the last couple of years moving about from city to city with her not-remotely-stable mother. But that's not the impression she gives when she talks. Her language is what you'd expect of a philosophical elder. Actually, it reminded me of Camille in Ms. Galenorn's Otherworld series. Not necessarily a bad thing but a bit out of character given what we know of Cicely.
Overall: I love Ms. Galenorn's writing and, in regards to the story itself, this book served to accomplish a lot. Readers are left wondering how the bad guys will respond while the heroes are given something of a respite and a glimpse at happily ever after. With another two books forthcoming in this series, you know the seeming peace won't last but it's a nice little moment where you realize that a happy ending is possible if only the bad guys can be overcome.
Would I read this author again: Yes - I want to know what happens next!
My rating: ♥♥♥/5
To purchase the book for yourself, you can find it at Chapters.Indigo.ca, Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, or The Book Depository. Enjoy!