by Yasmine Galenorn – (I wrote a pithy review here already, but the computer decided to eat it before I could press the “save” button that would have posted it, so this second attempt might be somewhat more abbreviated and less eloquent than the first version. My apologies. And full disclosure: I received my paperback copy as a prize in a gooodreads.com First Reads drawing.)
Night Myst is the first volume in a new-to-me fantasy series (Indigo Court) set in contemporary New England. It features fae and vampires and witches and shapeshifters and humans in a unique and intriguing blend. I know, I know, I was skeptical, too, but the author has taken these familiar elements and crafted a world that is unlike any I’ve seen before.
The story is told from the POV of Cicely Waters, the protagonist, who has returned to her childhood home and found it changed as a truly frightening and evil force has begun to take it over. Cicely has only a handful of friends to help her fight back, and the stakes are both personal and global. (As you might expect in an UF book.)
I love that the author has chosen to let us experience the world from inside Cicely’s mind. We are along for the ride, literally and figuratively, as she undergoes astounding changes and discovers hidden layers of her dark world and the creatures who threaten its very existence.
The pacing is great, with enough slow moments to let Cicely and the reader catch our breath between action scenes. It all leads to a well-crafted battle between our heroine and her small group of friends and a much larger horde of evil supes with horrifying capabilities.
As this is a multi-volume series, the reader knows that Cicely will win this particular skirmish, so she can live to fight a tougher battle in the next book, but the action is nonetheless hardcore and graphic, with twists that keep your eyes glued to the page.
Oh, and the sex scenes? H.O.T.
Definitely recommended. (finished 8/18/13)