Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Review: Night Myst by Yasmine Galenorn

Book Description:

Eons ago, vampires tried to turn the Dark Fae in order to harness their power. Instead, they created a demonic enemy more powerful than they dared to dream. Bent on enslaving the world, the Vampiric Fae have been quietly massing their strength for centuries. Now, Myst, queen of the Indigo Court, is rising again...and a long-prophesied war is brewing...

Born a witch, Cicely Waters can control the wind. When her Elemental warns her that her aunt and cousin are in danger, she packs her Pontiac GTO and returns home for the first time in twenty years. But the magical town of New Forest, Washington has changed. The Indigo Court holds the city in fear; people are vanishing, and strange deaths plague the town. Swept into an unexpected and passionate reunion with her trusted childhood friend Grieve, the Fae prince who taught her how to harness the wind, Cicely finds herself with a fierce and territorial lover. But Grieve has become enslaved by Myst's court, and now both lovers must walk a fine line to survive the machinations of the Vampiric Fae Queen. Caught between two evils, both vying for supremacy, Cicely must fight for her family and her future. As she discovers the hidden secrets to her own heritage, will she lose her soul in the process?


Characters and world-building are crucial in the development of a new series and the Indigo Court has both in spades! Cecily is a strong heroine and she knows her mind, even when if her heart doesn't always agree. She's street smart and tough, fully capable of fighting her own battles, but also compassionate and caring. Family and friends are important and although her life hasn't always been easy Cecily uses those lessons to her advantage. She is the kind of person you'd want guarding your back.

I thought Cecily's relationship with Grieve was convoluted and complex, as any relationship worth its salt would be, and I absolutely want (and need) to know more! Each one is bound, body and soul, to the other in such a way that you know Fate will put them through the paces before they reach the happily ever after. Not to mention that Myst, Queen of the Indigo Court has other plans.

I loved the pacing of this book and the history between the races was both fascinating and detailed. It can't be easy to create an entire world full of magic, especially when you include the intrigue of vampire clans, but Galenorn makes it look easy. I never felt bogged down with backstory or character development- all the elements just seemed to fit into a natural flow.

The ending left me frustrated in a totally good way, and only because I'm not very patient and waiting for the next installment will be difficult. A new series means more questions, few answers and no real romantic resolutions in sight, all things that I love in a great read. The Indigo Court is definitely a great read!

More information about Yasmine Galenorn, the Indigo Court, and The Otherworld series can be found at her website.

*This book was provided by the publisher.
*Reviewed for VampChix by Anna Dougherty

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