Courting Darkness

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Courting Darkness

Otherworld, #10

Just returning from yet another physical and soul draining battle against evil, Camille D'Artigo just wants to get home, reconnect with her loved ones and husbands, and sleep. There is no rest, however, for the weary in the fight against Shadow Wing and all the evil doers that accompany him. Camille is trying to ready herself for the welcoming into Aeval's court, but enemies of not long ago have different plans in store for our heroine. Being married to a dragon, Camille's father-in-law Hyto returns to claim what he believes is rightfully his. Being captured by Hyto and dragged off to far off to the Dragon Reaches, Camille fears that no one will come along to save her before she is broken physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

As usual, Ms. Galenorn delivers an action packed story that will keep a reader interested until the end. This reader, however, was not necessarily entertained with this Otherworld installment. Don't get me wrong, Galenorn is a fantastic, imaginative writer with an incredible ability to draw you in to her complex world. The complaints that I have, though, have more to do with how much is going on and ultimately the subject matter at hand. While understanding the style of this series is to have a lot of excitement and drama to keep the readers interested and caught up in the story, there are so many characters involved that it is really hard to remember who is who and what their role is in this series. The emotional drama that seems to evolve at every corner started to remind me of a soap opera, which just isn't that exciting to me. Lastly, the subject matter at hand, and at the heart of the story, is just the one that completely turns me off. I understand that this is Camille's story, and it is meant to show deep struggles that she must go through in order to be strong enough to step into the role she is destined to fulfill. Really, I get that. However, the act chosen for Camille to endure and struggle with is not one that I want to read about.

If you are an Otherworld series fan, and overall a Yasmine Galenorn fan, then I would recommend that you read this for that reason alone. However, if you have aversions to certain violent sexual crimes that are something you would rather avoid, then I would suggest skipping this installment and wait for the next installment in the Otherworld series.

Book Blurb for Courting Darkness

We're the D'Artigo sisters: sexy, savvy ex-operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But being half-human, half-Fae means our powers go haywire at all the wrong times. My sister Delilah is a Death Maiden and werecat who belongs to the Autumn Lord. My sister Menolly is a vampire who's dating a gorgeous werepuma,  and the godfather of the undead-set. And me? I'm Camille, Priestess of the Moon Mother, married to a dragon, a youkai, and a Svartan. But my dragon father-in-law has decided that he doesn't like having me for a member of the family...

It's Winter Solstice, and Aeval welcomes me into her Court of Darkness. With Morio still dangerously weak from his injuries and Vanzir alive only thanks to my silence, the thought of training under Morgaine doesn't seem as daunting as it did. But then, Hyto returns to shatter my life. Captured and swept off to the Dragon Reaches, can I manage to stay alive long enough to escape, even as Smoky's father intends to break my spirit, then my body?

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2011 3.50