Review: Night Myst (Indigo Court #1) by Yasmine Galenorn
Cicely Waters is a hereditary witch who has been living on the road for the past nine years and returns home when she is called back by her Aunt Heather to help a crisis that is moving the town into def-con five warning mode. It seems there’s some shady stuff going down in New Forest, stuff that involves a new big bad – the Vampiric Fae, led by their Queen Myst – who have decided that hiding out in the woods around the Veil House just isn’t good enough anymore. They want a bigger slice of the pie; namely the whole pie. A lot has changed while Cicely’s been gone: her true love Grieve is acting really weird, the major players in the local coven have gone missing, and it isn’t safe to walk the streets at night, unless you don’t mind becoming someone’s midnight snack. This is a GraveTells Recommended Read!
- Title: Night Myst
- Series: Indigo Court – book #1
- Author: Yasmine Galenorn
- Prominent Characters: Cicely, Grieve, Rhiannon, Leo, Chatter, Peyton, Lannan Altos, Kaylin
- Recommended reader age: 18+
- Sexual content level: moderate, somewhat explicit
Night Myst is Urban Fantasy that really walks the border of Fantasy with its large ensemble cast, rich mythology, and use of magic as an everyday tool. Cicely is a tough cookie, having been raised on the streets with a parent who needed more looking after and care than young Cicely herself. It has molded her into a fierce and self reliant woman who is capable and believeable as the de facto leader of the group of people who are brought together through fate or perhaps design to help stem the tide of evil that is threatening everything and everyone… not only in the town, but the world.
Ms. Galenorn has the ability to weave a dense and fully believable world around her characters and each one really comes across as fleshed out and real. There aren’t any stereotypical archetypes here. The secondary characters are important to the plot arc just like Cicely herself, and never feel like they have been added simply to promote some kind of thread. As a reader you care about them, and just enough is revealed to make you want to know more; they feel like friends.
The vampires in this series are anything but stereotypical either. Frankly, I found them disturbing. They are ancient creatures that make no effort to hide the fact that they are anything but human, and have agendas and hidden motives behind every nuance in conversation, facial expression, or “revealed” secret. They do nothing if not for their own gain and seem to delight in playing the humans and other beings around them as pieces on a chess board. To allow one’s self to be seduced by them is almost irresistible and at the same time a step firmly on the path to the Reaper’s door.
There is a definite feeling of foreshadowing throughout this book of greater and larger trials to come. Cicely and Grieve are two star crossed lovers that as a reader I ached for, because I have no idea how Ms. Galenorn is going to resolve their story. It seems that the world is conspiring against them. Now, I like my lovers to get to be together, and I do think that that may well happen for these two. But how it is going to be accomplished is (in my opinion) going to be painful and gut wrenching and require Cicely to become even more bad ass than she already is.
Yeah, bad news is usually delivered via scary vision/possession scenes:
“The Indigo Court has risen. The Hunt has begun. All of my enemies, tremble with desire, and let your hearts fear.”
Oooh, living in the land of suck:
Oh yes, we were sitting ducks, just waiting for the other shoe to drop.
The self-conflict involved when dealing with sexy monsters:
At that moment, I hated him. But. . . oh, how I wanted him.
If you liked Night Myst, Indigo Court Book One:
You might also enjoy the Urban Fantasy novels of Patricia Briggs, for its excellent use of character driven plot lines and the presence of magic, shape shifters, fae, and vampires. Ms. Brigss is one of my favorite authors, who also has the ability to weave the spell of another world you can loose yourself in.
The Cassie Palmer Series by Karen Chance (starting with Touch the Dark) also has vampires and various other-worldly creatures in residence and the heat factor is closer to that of Ms. Galenorn’s. So, if you’re looking for Urban Fantasy with a little more Smex Beam action than that of Ms. Briggs’, this may be a series for you.
Keri Arthur’s Riley Jensen series has a kick ass heroine who will do what it takes for her family and friends, and there are plenty of mysteries to solve and bad guys to take out. (The heat factor in this series is pretty close to nuclear, btw.)
If you like the idea of witches and magic as the focus of a series, Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series (starting with Bitten) has a wonderful set of characters who get quite witchy. I recommend reading the series in order, but you can start at Dime Store Magic and still be pretty well “into” the world. Although, if you then find yourself jonesing for the first two books (Bitten and Stolen which focus on the werewolves) don’t blame me.
This is the start to something special, a series that can only grow from the plot set up in this first book. There is a great deal of foreshadowing to suggest that the story will only grow deeper, the sex more sizzling, and the trials and triumphs to come are going to be epic. There are mysteries a plenty to solve and I think lots of surprises to come as Cicely starts to find out some of the secrets surrounding her past. I enjoyed this book enough to be annoyed at how long it took the second installment to come out. The world is rich and filled with enough “real” elements to make it absolutely believable. Ms. Galenorn doesn’t shirk from giving her characters tough decisions and consequences, something that is essential to me in a great book. There is nothing worse than the easy out when a conflict has been set up that should cause catastrophic consequences. I’m not saying I want all the characters to crash and burn, but if you want me to come and live in the world you’ve set up and abide by your rules, then the author has to too. And she absolutely does.
|Rating: Night Myst|
|4.0 of 5 Hearts|
http://www.galenorn.com/ (Yasmine Galenorn’s website)
http://www.galenorn.com/IndigoCourt/index.php?body=ic-fanperks.htm (Fun downloadable freebies from Ms. Galenorn’s site)
http://www.karenchance.com/books.html (Karen Chance’s website for Cassie Palmer)
http://www.patriciabriggs.com/books/(Patricia Briggs’ website for Mercy Thompson)
http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/ (Kelley Armstrong, Women of the Otherworld)
http://www.keriarthur.com/ (Keri Arthur, Riley Jensen series)