by Yasmine Galenorn
Review by Beth Slater
Berkley Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425216293
Date: 05 June 2007 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
The second book in this captivating series by Yasmine Galenorn, we follow the story along with Delilah D'Artigo, middle sister of the three half-blooded fae who have decided to work their magic earthbound. Camille is the eldest, and Witchling was our chance to get to know her. Now we find out about the were-cat's secrets that she doesn't share with her sisters – much of it relating to her other life as a cat, but also some of her PI work, as well. But this time she knows she's in over her head when one of the local were-puma clans hires her to look into the multiple murders of their clan members, so she invites Camille and Mennolly (her vampire sister) to help her examine the scene of the crimes.
Delilah is the middle sister, although she is usually treated like the youngest because of her whimsical feline nature and her tendency to morph into a cat whenever she is stressed out. She is delighted by butterflies and shiny ornaments in either form, but she has a lot more trouble reigning in her impulses when she is in her were form. When were-puma Zach Lyonnesse strolls into her office, all of her senses are on alert. Zach's pack-mates are dying and no one knows why or how to stop it. Delilah, confused by her reaction to Zach, agrees to investigate the scene to see if it is something within her purview, but only if she can bring her sisters with her.
Meanwhile, the sisters are hearing rumors of trouble in the Otherworld – wars among the factions – and their father and aunt are in the middle of the situation. Trillian, Camille's lover, is able to travel between worlds to gather information, but when their father disappears after warning them of a Degath Squad crossing to Earth, the girls realize that things have progressed much further than they had thought, and danger was surrounding them from all sides.
Delilah and her sisters must call upon all of their strengths to fight the battle that is coming. All of their friends are banding together to help however possible – but they end up with much more than anyone ever bargained for when they call upon an Immortal for information.
Galenorn is a master storyteller who is not afraid to pull punches while be-spelling her readers with her magical journeys. Her characters are far from perfect and make mistakes just like the rest of us – without giving it away, the tree episode is absolutely hysterical and something many readers will be able to relate to from their personal experiences. I have enjoyed every single fictional work by this author, and she can't write fast enough for me.
Mystery readers who enjoy the paranormal or fantastical elements of stories won't be able to put this one down, but I'd recommend reading Witchling first for the full effect.