Night Seeker by Yasmine Galenorn
Series: Indigo Court #3
Published by Berkley
Published on: July 3rd 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Cicely Waters, owl shifter and Wind Witch, has rescued the Fae Prince Grieve at a great cost. Their reunion has lost them the allegiance of the Summer Queen--and the tolerance of the vampires. In desperation they turn to the Consortium for help. Now, to regain the good will of Lainule, they must dare to enter the heart of Myst's realm. But as Cicely and Grieve embark on their search for the heartstone of Summer, Winter is already wreaking her terrifying revenge.
Night Seeker elegantly slaps the urban world with that of the fantasy world. I am taking much of my inspiration from Galenorn’s words at the end of the book in which she states she always intended for this series to be a dark Faerie tale.
Certainly the grittiness is in full effect from the get-go (here I will clarify that this is the third book in a series of which I have not read either one or two; as you can tell from the number of paws, however, I am going to track the starter books down too).
Cicely Waters, a last name I am not sold on as I am surprisingly unsold on a lot of the names in this book with the major culprit being Grieve, Cicely’s predestined mate, and posse are on the lam, crashing in an abandoned warehouse, and putting in effect early the kill without question mandate.
A lot of “people” die in this book, which should clue you into just how many NPC’s there are on top of the already generous character list, a character list which is reiterated it appears on every page, in which we must be reminded of just who has the lead and who’s bringing up the tail end of the line.
At first, I liked these descriptions because they reinforce that Cicely is traveling in a party, a party in which many different alliances (werepuma, some sort of demon, vampire, song-girl, Summer king, were-pillar of flame) are critical.
As far as jumping into the series, if anyone dares to jump off that cliff as I have, a lot of backstory is provided from page one all the way up until the end, so by no means, do I endorse my behavior, but this wouldn’t be the worst starting place.
My feelings toward the ending have to be fairly deflated since this book does mark the middle of the series, in which a large turn is made that will irrevocably effect the events of book four and five.
Unfortunately, as so often happens when you come into a series’ or let’s just say for the sake of simplification a movie’s middle point, the “stakes” if that’s what you really go in for (personally, and this book has droves of it, I’m a flavor buff, you know colorful descriptions and like I said this book has it in droves, bringing in a lot of the gold and crispness of autumn, which very much makes me wish Galenorn had selected a more twilit cover, like the shadow of branches on a rock, and had included more characters on the cover since this is such a team-oriented, alliance-oriented story), are a little stale/you would not invest in this restaurant’s stake’s recipe.
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