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Eighth in the Otherworld urban fantasy series revolving around the D'Artigo sisters and their extended family in Seattle.
I'm not sure if Galenorn is becoming a better writer or if I'm simply enthralled with the storyline. As you can tell by the characters listed below, it's a busy, busy storyline and I love the homeyness of the good guys. It is never boring and I'm looking forward to finding out more about Shade and the father-daughters relationship.
I can't believe it takes this long for Delilah to get that her father is a jerk! Of course, she is going through quite a bit, what with Chase avoiding her. Fortunately, the Autumn Lord is in her corner.
Camille is asking Delilah to take the lead on the hotel problem. Which I just don't get. Every time Delilah becomes frightened she turns into a were-kitty. Can somebody explain this one to me?
This is a useful story as it clears Delilah's love life and sets up the scene for what the Autumn Lord will eventually require. It's also setting us up for some major drama with dad.
It's Camille's wedding to her third husband, Trillian, as Morio and Smoky stand by. A sweet and romantic moment that falls apart with Chase's nastiness. One that finds Delilah fleeing the house and into her housecat form where all intelligence does not exist. One that leads to a new hairstyle and colors.
The story really picks up when Luke wants to hire Delilah to find his missing sister. The one who escaped her abusive mate. While investigating, Camille and Delilah run across Wolf Briar, a horrible drug that renders any werewolf who inhales it compliant. What's worse is how it's made using werewolf pituitary glands. And it has a short shelf life.
The half-fae Camille, the oldest D'Artigo sister, is marrying Trillian, a Svartan with whom she shares a bond. Their wedding is attended by her other two husbands: Morio Kuroyama, a youkai-kitsune demon who teaches her death magic; and, Smoky, a shapeshifting silver-white dragon. She is a Moon Witch and priestess of the Moon Mother who has ordered her to pledge to Aeval's court. Rodney is the bone-man golem given to Morio by Grandmother Coyote. Camille's bookstore, Indigo Crescent, is almost finished and she has hired Giselle, a martial arts she-demon, to run the shop.
Delilah is half-fae and a were-housecat, panther, and the only living Death Maiden bound to an Elemental, the Autumn Lord, Hi'ran, who intends for her to bear his child. Arial is her dead twin who, in her leopard form, watches over Delilah. Greta is the leader of the Death Maidens and Delilah's trainer. Part of a Death Maiden's task is to honor those who died well.
Mennolly is half-fae, half-human, and a vampire and runs the Wayfarer's Grill, a fae bar. She's monogamous with Nerissa Shale, a werepuma belonging to the the Rainier Puma Pride who is running for city council as a bisexual Were. Men don't come into the monogamous ban. Luke is a werewolf who tends bar at the Wayfarer. Amber Johansen is his pregnant sister who fled her abusive husband, Rice, a member of the Zone Red Pack. One known for its extremes.
Chase Johnson is in charge of the Faerie-Human Crime Scene Investigations team as well as chief of detectives. Delilah brought him back to life with the Nectar of Life in Bone Magic (Sisters of the Moon/Otherworld, #7) and it's changed him. Not for the better. Sharah is an elfin medic with F-HCSI with a secret passion. She's also Queen Asteria's niece. Mallen is another med tech. Officer Yugi is one of Chase's.
Sephreh ob Tanu is their father and the queen's advisor and lover. He's also an intolerant jerk! Shamas ob Olanda is the girls' full-blooded fae cousin and he has been working for the Earthside police. He's trying to make up for their father's actions.
Iris Kuusi is a Talon-haltija (Finnish house sprite) and a Priestess of Undutar who keeps house for the D'Artigo sisters and cares for Maggie, their baby calico gargoyle. She's still seeing Bruce O'Shea, a leprechaun. Vanzir is a dream-chaser demon who lives with Rozurial, an incubus, and Shamas in the backyard studio. Wilbur is their neighbor and a necromancer who spent some time in special ops. He has some info for them about the coyote shifters, the Koyanni, who use Wolf Briar. Martin is his ghoul with a weird master-servant relationship.
Carter is half-demon, half-god---a son of Hyperion, a Greek Titan---and he is the girls' contact with the demonic forces in Earthside. Research is his overt career while spying and tracking what happens Earthside is his real task for the Demonica Vacana Society. Kim is his mute foster daughter.
Exo Reed is a werewolf who runs the Halycon Hotel and Nightclub, which caters to supes of all kinds. Roman is a really scary vampire summoning Mennolly to a vampire ball. Andy Gambit is a bigoted yellow journalist who trespasses. Katrina is with the Olympic Wolf Pack, one of the few matrilineal packs, and is willing to talk. Doug Smith, Paulo Franco, and Saz Star Walker are three werewolves who seem to have disappeared from the scene. Marion is a coyote shifter who runs the Supe-Urban Café who explains the story of Nukpana, a coyote shifter who went bad.
Queen Asteria rules the elves and she has put together the Keraastar Knights, a group of people attuned to the spirit seals which includes Venus the Moon Child, the shaman for the Rainier Puma Pride; Tam Lin; and Benjamin Welter. Trenyth Vesalya is an elfin assistant to Asteria. In this story he has an awful task with some bright notes. Of the Earthside courts, Morgaine is the Queen of the Twilight Court, Aeval is Queen of the Unseelie, and Titania is Queen of the Seelie.
The Death Maidens include Eloise, Lissel, Fiona, and Mizuki and they live in Haseofon; Arial lives with them. Shade is a chosen of the Autumn Lord, a shadow dragon---half black dragon and half-Stradolan which allows him to work shadow and illusion.
Shadow Wing is a demon lord determined to acquire the seals that will unlock the gate between Hell and Earth, and then to Otherworld. Stacia Bonecrusher is a lamia and one of Shadow Wing's generals. Although she has her own agenda. Van and Jaycee Thomas are sorcerers who run a magic shop, Madame Pompey's Magical Emporium.
The cover is Delilah in her sexy new haircut and this kitty is leather-clad and has all her claws...especially that big dagger she's holding. That look says don't cross this kitten. It's an interesting background with its warm grays and browns and paw prints on the wall. I'm not sure what the bleached-out sun seal is all about.
The title refers to Delilah's change in perspective; Harvest Hunting is true to her nature and her future.
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Harvest Hunting is the latest in the Sisters of the moon series, and features were-cat Delilah, the somewhat naïve and at times irksome middle sister. I have to confess I've never cared for Delilah, and even though the author `power bumps' the character and tries to toughen her up with a spiffy new hairdo, and new job as a death maiden, she still comes across as a bit wimpy and naïve and a victim. Delilah is a character who things `happen' to, rather than make things happen, and fully most of the book is spent dealing with the breakup of her relationship with Chase, and her new `role' as death maiden.
I guess I just don't find the death maiden thing that interesting which is a stumbling block for me. I'm also just can't be interested in a dude who has a harem of dead Valkyries to shag. Also the idea that Hi'ren wants her to be his cosmic baby mama is also a big no. It seems like Del is once again a being used by someone. Does she object? Does she protest? Er.. No. She seems happy about it. Where is the outrage and defiance? Umm...Difficult to relate too.
Then there is the mystery guy Shade who is like Harvest-Man Lite. He seems just a tired re-tread of her sister's dragon boyfriend and Mario and Hi'ren. Of all the cool Fay that could be created, another Dragon character does not need to be introduced. And of course, upon meeting him she insta-shags the guy, and then impulsively forms some sort of psychic bond with the dude justifying it by saying sometimes you just gotta be impulsive. Well. I guess that may pay out in one of the Moon Sisters novels, but in real life that should earn you a date with a creep, and years of regret. A little realism... Please? And the insta-shagging scene with zero in the way of romantic development. Kind of creepy to be honest.
Still, the story isn't a complete loss. I think Galenorn's world building is pretty good, and I enjoyed the inclusion of the wolf briar as a weapon as well as the investigation into the missing werewolves. Some of the social interactions are cute, and I think the overall premise is entertaining. The storyline of three sisters who inexplicably love each other and get along well is feel good, and there is a cute supporting cast that you do care about.
1. Shade. Tired rehash of other characters rolled into one. Camille has to have a dragon hubbie so Del must have one? Bleh. 1 is enough. Really.
2. The relationship between the sisters is a bit too good to be true. I realize it is fantasy, but everyone thinks everyone else's spouse is the bee's knees, and they all share the same house without any sort of blow up or problems? Really?
3. Luke the werewolf whose pregnant sister has been kidnapped and abducted is thinking of scoring with an informant while his sister is in mortal danger. I just am not seeing that one
4. Camille's husbands. Yeah I know they are magical, and different, but I just do not find this relationship convincing at all. It lacks depth, and the only emotions the characters seem to demonstrate is over-protectiveness of Camille. I just do not see or feel the love. Smokey in particular is a caricature and eh, the guys are just becoming very stepford and unbelievably cooperative with Camille and each other. I just do not see the glue that keeps this relationship together. They are mindless and lack any form of individuality.
5. The overwrought drama involving Dad was a bit out of left field. To be honest, I sympathize with dad. Camille is going a bit too far, with her death magic, a third husband, and defecting to another court. How is dad supposed to react? To be honest, the character of Camilles is becoming a bit too spoiled. She gets everything she wants all the time, whenever she likes, and I think it is realistic that there should be detractors. Unfortunately, anyone who dislikes/disagrees with Camille must have an ulterior motive. Granted disowning her is a bit much, but so is marrying 3 guys and practicing death magic. It is her business, but eh, I just don't see everyone obligated to celebrate her life and decisions that she seems to expect. And how many weddings can someone be realistically be expected to attend when a war is going on? . The fact that every minor character thinks Dad is an awful being for how he's reacted, also increases the Mary Sue quality of this plot device. There should be a variety of viewpoints here. But oh NOES. No one can object to a thing Camille does, without being Baad and in need of sisterly scolding. Ech.
6. The author's biggest weakness has been and is for me, her inability to write convincing love stories or love interests. The girls tend to hog so much of the lime light that any man or woman introduced is usually just an utility to the main character, rather than an individual in his own right. Romantically the characters are a lot alike. None of these characters seem to object to how the girls do things, they just are er... The literary equivalent of bond girls. Cheerleaders for the main characters, inexplicably devoted, but emotionally shallow and lacking in believability. The girls need romantic challenge in their lives. Instead they get partners who willingly just lockstep with whatever the female lead wants. They all are impossibly devoted, understanding and inexplicably willing to share. Too much. Yeah, I get they are fae, but they should still be people. . Instead they seem to exist to protect the main character and play cheerleader, and while I can believe one lover would be like that, each one should have their own individual personality. Instead they are all cut from the same cloth which makes multiples sort of redundant.
Should you read it? Eh, The first 2/3rds were less porny than her last entry. But Del's relationship with Shade is out of left field and sort of porn-esque. The mystery involving the wolf briar was fairly entertaining. But I didn't feel this was a `must read' unless you are a Del fan. Too much time spent training Del to be a death maiden, which came off a bit `self help,' and too much time with Chase wangsting about his trauma and not enough searching for the bonecrusher chica. Camille hogs some of the lime light with her various injuries and aches and pains and this was even more interesting than what was going on with Del. Also Del's breakup with Chase, was long due, but didn't make entertaining or exciting reading. Especially since she clings to him and makes him her blood brother and is so overly understanding I grew a bit tired of the whole scenario. I honestly think this might be my last one of her books. I like her world building, but the character development doesn't appeal to me.