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Yasmine Galenorn , Cassandra Campbell
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March 9 2009 Sisters of the Moon (Book 3)
We're the D'Artigo sisters: Half-human, half-Faerie, we are savvy—and sexy—operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But our mixed-blood heritage short-circuits our talents at all the wrong times. My sister Camille is a wicked-good witch whose magic is as unpredictable as the weather. My sister Delilah transforms into a tabby cat when she's under stress. And me? I'm Menolly, acrobat-extraordinaire-turned-vampire. And I'd give my right fang to make my sire pay for killing me. That is, if he doesn't find me first...

All over Seattle, humans have been going missing, only to turn up as newborn vampires—the sure sign of a rogue vamp on the loose. It looks like Dredge is to blame—the same sadistic Dredge who gave me my scars and who may well be in cahoots with the demon Shadow Wing. If so, Otherworld and Earth are screwed. The only way we can hope to defeat Dredge is for me to travel home to Otherworld and face my own demons. For unless I sever the ties that bind me to Dredge, all hell is going to break loose.

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Yasmine Galenorn is the New York Times bestselling author of two urban fantasy series: the Sisters of the Moon series and the Indigo Court series.

Cassandra Campbell has recorded nearly two hundred audiobooks and directed many more. She has been nominated for and won multiple Audie Awards, as well as a prestigious Odyssey Award, and she has been awarded more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards. Cassandra was also named a Best Voice by AudioFile for 2009 and 2010.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book April 20 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
You will like this serie of Yasmine Galenorn, you want more after you finish to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Otherworld #3 Jan. 2 2008
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
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The D'Artigo sisters, Camille, Delilah, and Menolly, are half-Fae, half-human operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency (O.I.A.) Camille is a Witch. Delilah is a Changeling Death Maiden. Menolly is a Vampire who chooses to keep a strong grip on her ethics. Though she is a predator, Menolly never harms the innocent and is actively helping to recruit other vampires to pledge the same.

When humans begin to go missing, then turn up as newly born vampires, it is up to the D'Artigo sisters and their battle weary friends to pull themselves together and confront the newest emerging threats. The one responsible for the newly risen is Dredge. Dredge is known as the scourge of the land. It was Dredge who tortured, and worse, to Menolly before turning her into a night walker. Menolly lives (no pun intended) for the night she finally catches and stakes the vile monster.

Good news is that the elfin queen has hired a mercenary bounty hunter, Rozurial "Roz", to help them. Roz is not just another merc though; he is an incubus who, at the young age of seven, saw Dredge slaughter his family. There is no doubt that Roz will do anything and everything within his power to help them defeat Dredge. Bad news is that Dredge has kidnapped a human female friend of the sisters'. Unless they can locate her - FAST - Menolly knows exactly what her evil sire will do.

***** Do not believe this story is just for fans of the undead and Fae. There are references and appearances to Merlin, Morgan LeFay, Grandmother Coyote (one of the Hags of Fate), Demonkin, and so much much more. There is something for everyone's taste. Be warned there are one or two short love scenes and not all are with opposite genders. Yet I stress that these are short and not too graphic for those readers who are too phobic on the subject. The story is non-stop action and has deep, dark plots that kept me up reading long past my bed time. Here be Dark Fantasy with a unique twist. YES! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As long as you fear, you are at their mercy Jan. 8 2008
By R. Kyle - Published on Amazon.com
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Menolly is the third D'Artigo sister, the dark one. Since she was attacked by Dredge and made into a vampire, she sleeps by day--if nightmares are what anyone would call restless sleep. More than anything, she fears her demon nature and has made her sister Camille promise to stake her if she gets out of control.

When her sister's boyfriend, Chase, the head of the Faerie Human Crime Scene Investigation Unit of Seattle, comes into the Wayfarer covered in blood, she knows there's trouble. Coming in with blood to a supernatural bar is tantamount to offering yourself for dinner.

There's trouble afoot. Across the street at the local vintage theatre, there are four dead bodies and they've been drained by vampires. The bodies disappear before they can be collected and handled properly unleashing new vampires on the city.

Dredge has managed to cross over from Faery to Earth and he's plotting again to set up a vampire colony and make himself King. As each night passes, the vampires he's made are making more loyal subjects.

It's up to Menolly and her sisters to stop him. And as Grandmother Coyote says to Menolly: "You will have to do something you would never do..."

This book pushes my limits for violent content. Dredge's making of Menolly was particularly vicious and left the immortal vampire both physically and mentally scarred. In my opinion, this third novel has the best character development of the other three. I like Menolly as the "Blade of Justice". The rule suits her well.

There are elements from classical myths here: Grandmother Coyote, Morgaine, her lover Arturo, and Mordred as well as others make appearances. My deduction for the one star is because these novels tend to stir in a lot of characters into the mix without fully developing the world.

"Darkling" is the third book in Ms. Galenorn's serial novels about the D'Artigo sisters. For the most part, this story stands alone; however, if you really enjoy the world Galenorn has created, you may want to read the other two novels as well.

Witchling (Book 1)
Changeling (Book 2)
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Third D'Artigo Sister Fails to Impress Jan. 5 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I struggled with this third entry in the story of the D'Artigo sisters that focuses on Menolly, the youngest sibling. The previous two books, Witchling (The Sisters of the Moon, Book 1)and Changeling (The Sisters of the Moon, Book 2), both did a better job of drawing me into the minds and stories of their characters, the older D'Artigo sisters Camille and Delilah.

The story this time focused on the escalation of the battle between the sisters and the demon Shadow Wing with the Earth invasion of the Elwing Blood Clan. Headed by Menolly's sire, Dredge, the clan proceeds to nab unsuspecting humans, creating a human/Fae crisis as people start to disappear. The stakes are raised when a close friend is taken. With the help of previous characters, like Morio the fox demon and Chase Johnson, plus the addition of the incubus demon, Roz, the sisters scour the city for new, blood-crazed vampires.

Ultimately, after another visit to the Otherworld, the story culminates with Menolly battling her inner demons and eventually her sadistic sire. Fair warning, a few random sexual encounters popped up that left me scratching my head. In the previous books, Galenorn did a nice job of weaving in these encounters. However, these parts of the story felt out of context and distracting. Perhaps it had something to do with Menolly's much darker and more painful past, versus her relatively innocent sisters. In spite of my disappointment, I'm still happy overall with series and looking forward to the fourth book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the softer side of the vampire Feb. 11 2008
By Neker - Published on Amazon.com
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So it's here we learn about Menolly. If you haven't been keeping track I suggest you start with the first two books in this series. I liked this one mostly because of the action. Menolly is brought in by Chase to solve the murder of four vampire victims found in a local movie theater. Before they can figure out whose the cause, more bodies show up on a daily basis. If your in it this series for the romance, I think you would be disappointed. Even though Menolly gets over her "touching" problem, she doesn't FALL in love with anyone. Not like her sisters have in the previous novels. It's strickly let's-get-the-bad-guys. Rest assured fans, there will be a fourth novel. Apparently Galenorn is starting back to the first sister in her fourth novel. I'm thinking-rotation?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Charming Series! July 11 2010
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Darkling / 978-0-425-21893-8

The third in the Sisters of the Moon series, "Darkling" carries on the point-of-view cycle by moving to the third sister in the family - the ill-fated Menolly. Half-human and half-Fae like her sisters, her particular cross to bear is her hated vampirism. In the second book of the series, "Changeling", we learned that the sisters' old enemies were joining forces with the vampire group that tortured and turned Menolly, and "Darkling" follows that plot thread as a chance for Menolly to face her past demons and vanquish her old sire.

If I may get minor criticism out of the way first: "Darkling" carries on the proud Fantasy Kitchen Sink themes of this series, but via taking a minor left turn on "Fourth and Bananas", as it were - Loki the Trickster makes a special cameo appearance here, as does Morgaine and her Arturian crew in their quest for the Merlin - a plot point that will presumably become relevant later but does little to clear the air here and now. There's also the sudden and jarring introduction of a vampiric taboo against severing the magical lifeline between vampiric sire and child, as well as a similar taboo against murdering one's own sire - a strange plot point, given that (a) one would suspect that at least some vampiric children are sired unwillingly, and (b) if the D'Artigo sisters have cared about social niceties prior to now, that hasn't come through the narrative. Overall, it feels like a cheap shot to easily inject some quick angst (OMG! Now even the vampires will shun Menolly!) into an otherwise excellent setup of redemption and revenge.

These small criticisms aside, the novel readily redeems itself by maintaining this series' high aversion to angst levels - a particularly tricky thing to pull off in a novel that is largely about Menolly's torturous history and her working through the issues arising from the same. It's gratifying to see a rape victim portrayed with so much depth and sensitivity - Menolly has recovered from her torture through her strength and determination, but in order to truly be free from the magical ties that bind her to her sire, she must go through a sort of magical counseling session to work through her inner demons. Along the way, her sister Camille is able to see and relive Menolly's memories, and Menolly realizes that protecting her sisters from the knowledge of what happened to her will only drive a wedge between them in the long run, and she comes to trust that her sisters can handle the truth - a surprisingly deep philosophical conclusion from a "fluffy" fantasy series.

Although I enjoyed "Darkling" immensely and recommend it to fans of the series, it is important to note that this is a much darker novel than the first two entrants, as the plot focuses solidly on Menolly's torturous history, so be forewarned.

~ Ana Mardoll
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