Description Review: Witchling (Otherworld #1) by Yasmine Galenorn

We’re the D’Artigo sisters: Half-human, half-Faerie, we’re 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 Delilah shapeshifts into a tabby cat whenever she’s stressed.  Menolly’s a vampire who’s still trying to get the hang of being undead.  And me?  I’m Camille—a wicked-good witch.  Except my magic’s as unpredictable as the weather, as my enemies are about to find out the hard way…

At the Wayfarer Inn, a portal to Otherworld and the local hangout for humans and beasties alike, a fellow operative, Jocko, has been murdered.  Every clue points to Shadow Wing, the soul-munching, badass leader of the Subterranean Realms.  He’s made it clear that he aims to raze humankind to the ground, turning both Earth and Otherworld into his private playground.  Our assignment:  Keep Shadow Wing and his minions from creeping into Earth via the Wayfarer.  The demons figure they’re in like Flynn.  After all, with only my bumbling sisters and me standing in the way, how can they miss?  But we’ve got a secret for them:  Faulty wiring or not, nobody kicks ass like the D’Artigo girls…


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Source: Goodreads recommendation


About halfway through this review I had already decided I wanted to read this book. Why? Galenorn sounds like she’s having fun, and as a reader who likes to be entertained, that’s important to me. After all, who wouldn’t find humor in characters who have magic going awry in such interesting ways?

Other things to make note of: I’d expect the book to be in first-person. If it’s not, for whatever reason, I will be initially turned off and Galenorn will have a bit of work ahead of her to win me over again.

I’m glad that I already have an idea of what to expect out of the plot. There are going to be enemies around when magic goes on the fritz. There’s going to be some kind of investigating involved. I’m sensing a macro-plot in the role of Shadow Wing right off the bat, and I like to know that a new series I’m going to start will have something tangible to hold on to. (And even if that’s not the case, and it’s not really a macro plot, it’s still good to feel like I have the sense of one).

The one major thing I didn’t like in this description:

The demons figure they’re in like Flynn.

I had to look up the expression—it’s not one I’m familiar with. I’ll totally cut some slack for this being written in first-person. I’m sure that kind of expression fits right in with Camille’s voice wonderfully (and it sounds like she has a pretty solid voice, which is excellent in a main character, and even better that I have a sense of it already). But don’t use expressions that aren’t universally known; after all, aren’t cliches are supposed to be a big no-no in the publishing world anyway?


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