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Blood Wyne Ninth in the Otherworld Sisters of the Moon urban fantasy series rotating between the three sisters points of view Based in Seattle, the POV here is from Mennolly.My TakeWhoabig changes in this one It s a combination of tying up loose ends and setting up new possibilities I think this is one of the better ones in this series Of course, it could be because there are so many interesting positives happening with what Roman reveals about his intentions and desires Erin s freedom and, Men Ninth in the Otherworld Sisters of the Moon urban fantasy series rotating between the three sisters points of view Based in Seattle, the POV here is from Mennolly.My TakeWhoabig changes in this one It s a combination of tying up loose ends and setting up new possibilities I think this is one of the better ones in this series Of course, it could be because there are so many interesting positives happening with what Roman reveals about his intentions and desires Erin s freedom and, Mennolly, Nerissa, and Delilah s happiness Nor were there any huge stupid things happeningyeah On the other hand, perhaps I m too quick since we also have to deal with Vanzir s running out of control, Morio s life, and the terrifying events happening in Underground Seattle.Is it possible that Galenorn s writing is improving Her characters stayed consistent, no obvious holes or continuity issuescool.The StoryA vampire serial killer is on the loose in Seattle, and Sassy is crossing the line, slipping in every way Enough that Erin takes her courage in hand and comes to Mennolly for help, providing an insight Mennolly hadn t realized she was missing.When Mennolly approaches Roman for help with the murders, he has his price Wade andMore as in passion, response Yes.Nerissa is forced to make some major changes in her life after Andy Gambit s bigoted story got into print And with Venus Moon Child gone, there s just no point in Nerissa staying with the Pride.It s the fight against the shadows in the sunken Seattle, the underground, where everything goes wrong Morio will die without Mennolly s help and Vanzir forces Camille An act that backfires in so many ways.The CharactersMennolly D Artigo is the youngest half fae, half human sister, and a vampire who runs the Wayfarer s Grill, a fae bar Her primary lover is Nerissa Shale, a werepuma who belongs to the Rainier Puma Pride and, sadly, lost the election Chrysandra is an FBH, a full blooded human who works as a waitress at the bar The girls are about to open the Wayfarer up as an inn for supernatural guests Katrina s we met her in Harvest Hunting suggested Derrick Means, a Werebadger, apply for the job as bartender Tavah is a full Fae vampire who guards the portal at the bar on weeknights for Mennolly and not at all picky about the blood she drinks Lucius is Fae and watches during the weekdays while Kendra, an elf, watches on weekends Tava also quit OIA and joined up with Asteria.The half fae Camille, the oldest D Artigo sister, is married to Trillian, a Svartan Morio Kuroyama, a Youkai kitsune demon, and Smoky, a shapeshifting silver white dragon Camille is a Moon Witch and a priestess of the Moon Mother about to pledge to Aeval s court in spite of her father s threat to disown her Camille s bookstore, Indigo Crescent, is being run by Giselle, a martial arts she demon Delilah is half fae and a were housecat, panther, and the only living Death Maiden bound to an Elemental Lord Shade is a shadow walker half black dragon and half Stradolan which allows him to work shadow and illusion.Chief of Detectives Chase Johnson is in charge of the Faerie Human Crime Scene Investigations FH CSI team and he s dating Sharah, an elfin medic and Queen Asteria s niece The Nectar of Life he drank in Bone Magic is changing him, giving him unexpected powers Mallen is another med tech Officer Yugi is one of Chase s Sephreh ob Tanu is their father and Queen Tanaquar s advisor and lover He s given Camille an ultimatum she can t abide and all three sisters quit OIA and have gone to work for Queen Asteria Shamas ob Olanda is the girls full blooded fae cousin and he has been working for the Earthside police Iris Kuusi is a Talon haltija Finnish house sprite and a Priestess of Undutar who keeps house for the D Artigo sisters and cares for Maggie, their baby calico gargoyle She s stressing about whether Bruce O Shea, a leprechaun, will ask her to marry him And she just can t say yes if he ll want babies Vanzir is a dream chaser demon bound to serve the sisters who lives with Rozurial, an incubus and one of Mennolly s male lovers, and Shamas in the backyard studio.Roman, the godfather of vampires, Lord of the Vampire nation, eldest son of Blood Wyne, and heir to the throne, has invited Mennolly to the midwinter vampire s ball, the Winter Solstice Ball He s also Sassy s friend Blood Wyne is the Queen Mother of the Crimson Veil, Roman s sire and human mother Brett, a vampire, is still on his superhero kick as Vamp Bat Wade Stevens, the head of Vampires Anonymous, the group that kicked Mennolly out because she killed her sire see Darkling , is running for Regent against Terrance from Fangtabula Serena is a young girl sired by Terrance a hundred years ago Frederick Corvax will be presented as the new Regent at the ball.Erin Matthews is Mennolly s vampire daughter whom Sassy Branson is training how to be a vampire Janet has been Sassy s lifelong companion, who is now suffering from cancer.Queen Asteria rules the elves Trenyth Vesalya is an elfin assistant to Asteria who has arranged extra protection for the D Artigo girls Lance Carver, Mocha Jervis, Teri, Leia, and Jack Riley are humans who hear about the supernatural activity in Greenbelt Park and just can t resist playing with their Ouija boards Father Charles Shalimar has sinned and it s up to the girls and their friends and allies to ensure he sins noIvana Krask, the Maiden of Karask, is a gifted, not human psychic, Roman recommends for purging super charged ghosts Hyto is Smoky s father and he s been banished by the dragon council.Shadow Wing is a demon lord determined to acquire the seals that will unlock the gate between Hell and Earth, and then to Otherworld Andy Gambit is a bigoted yellow journalist who smeared Nerissa enough that she didn t win But neither did his guy The CoverThe cover is Mennolly of course with her long hair in its multitude of braids Wearing a metallic red leather jacket and a tight black T with blue jeans with some kind of tattoo or black ribbon choker around her neck Mennolly is leaning up against a cinder block wall, splashed here and there with blood.The title brings in another big badwhether it s a bad guy or just a mama in lawwe ll see what Blood Wyne brings to the table Round up to 4.5 stars. Menolly and Nerissa confirm their relationship in this book, growing closer than ever before despite the changes stalking Nerissa s live and despite the pressures pushing in on Menolly, including her vampire daughter requiringof her attention.There s a vampire serial killer stalking women which in turn flares up human hatred against vampires There s also a vampire election coming up and the eldest child of the Blood Wyne, the oldest vampire, the vampire queen, is in the city and is de Menolly and Nerissa confirm their relationship in this book, growing closer than ever before despite the changes stalking Nerissa s live and despite the pressures pushing in on Menolly, including her vampire daughter requiringof her attention.There s a vampire serial killer stalking women which in turn flares up human hatred against vampires There s also a vampire election coming up and the eldest child of the Blood Wyne, the oldest vampire, the vampire queen, is in the city and is determined to set what the results of that election will be.He also has designs on Menolly herself.I am torn a little here on the story On the one hand I have the same problem I ve had with these books since the very first there s a huge world here, a huge number of characters and all of them seem to have their own storylines that WILL get space in the main book rather than spin off series of their own Similarly, the main characters aren t just focused on the main storyline other things happen to divide their attention, like Delilah and the Autumn Lord and Chase or Camille and her father and the Moon Mother.This book focuses on a main character, Menolly, but the story is a departure from the focus on Shadow Wing and the impending invasion Instead we focus on vampire politics, a serial killer and developing the world building of the vampires with a side order of relationship issues and the Wayfarer bar Morio, Camille, Vanzir, Smoky, Chase and the Demon underground all have their own storylines developed as well And pretty much none of it relates to Shadow Wing or the war.And this is where the being torn comes in Part of me wants to complain about the distraction, and certainly I do question whether it s necessary for us to have Chase and his new abilities taking up space or Smoky having his issue with his father I m not sure they add anything to the story except beclutter underfoot.But part of me also acknowledges that the reason why all the characters of this series are as strong, as fully fleshed and as identifiable as they are is the effort the author puts in to making sure that every character has a life of their own which, by necessity, means they have stories of their own but do we have to see them all And part of the reason why the world is so rich and compelling and complete is because it has all of these elements that do intrude into their lives rather than there just being one thing happening It does make the world real after all, how often can we focus on one issue in our lives and the rest of the world go away Why should Menolly, a vampire, be able to focus on the war with Shadow wing and completely ignore the vampire world Why should Smoky be able to act without dragon politics ever imposing on his life This really lets the world building tell itself we could have Menolly drily tell us the risks vampires face of losing themselves or we can see the a vampire face that very same, tragic fate There s a lot of excellent world building about politics, about vampires and about basic characterisation that is expanded through experience rather than info dumpIt also helps that the pacing issues that have plagues the series have been really cut The action is much crisper, there s much less preparation time before each fight, the scenes movesmoothly, there s much less need to talk about unnecessary detail like which car people are driving and why, or spend pages on people s clothes or food or gardening and everyone recapping each other is taken as read rather than having to be spelled out every time The story moves now, making distractions a whole lottolerable and making this book one that maintained tension, action and flow throughout It s really encouraging to me that each book is getting better at this and that this book had a good, exciting story with multiple elements, expanded world building and parallel storylines and handled them all with excellent balance between speed, description and exposition.Read More 5 5 I freakin love this book Narissa and Mrnolly are such a awesome couple and I m exited to see them evolve Menolly has also evolved from the first book and I m glad for that. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED this book Blood Wyne is probably my favorite book in the series so far Since the beginning I have always look forward Menolly s book She is my favorite of the sisters her character has grown so much since the first book First off this book was filled with things that are going to make future books muchinteresting and complicated All of the little mini stories that wound there way through Blood Wyne made for one hell of a story Delilah didn t have much of a p I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED this book Blood Wyne is probably my favorite book in the series so far Since the beginning I have always look forward Menolly s book She is my favorite of the sisters her character has grown so much since the first book First off this book was filled with things that are going to make future books muchinteresting and complicated All of the little mini stories that wound there way through Blood Wyne made for one hell of a story Delilah didn t have much of a part in this book since she is still on the disabled list but I can t wait to readabout Shade Ivana Krask the Elder Fae scares the crap out of me She was so well written into the story that I wanted to knowThe budding relationship Menolly develops with Roman the big time vamp with ties to vamp royalty Nerissa and Menolly are ones of my favorite couples in the series that I read Looking forward to manygreat outings with the sisters in future books I only complaint that I have is the same one I always have at the end of such an awesome Yasmine Galenorn bookI ran out of pages Blood Wyne is the ninth book in the Otherworld series by Yasmine Galenorn and a Paranormal Romance from Berkley.Book Blurb We re the D Artigo sisters half human, half Fae We re sexy, we re savvy, and we just turned in our badges to the Otherworld Intelligence Agency My sister Camille is a wicked good witch Delilah s a werecat and blossoming Death Maiden And as for me I m Menolly, acrobat extra ordinaire turned vampire But being a vamp isn t all it s cracked up to be, especially when the g Blood Wyne is the ninth book in the Otherworld series by Yasmine Galenorn and a Paranormal Romance from Berkley.Book Blurb We re the D Artigo sisters half human, half Fae We re sexy, we re savvy, and we just turned in our badges to the Otherworld Intelligence Agency My sister Camille is a wicked good witch Delilah s a werecat and blossoming Death Maiden And as for me I m Menolly, acrobat extra ordinaire turned vampire But being a vamp isn t all it s cracked up to be, especially when the godfather of all vampires decides to play Prince CharmingIt s the holiday season and a vampire serial killer is on the loose Hungry ghosts are tearing up the town and people are running scared I strike a deal with Ivana Krask one of the Elder Fae and, too late, discover strings are attached But when I turn to Roman, one of the oldest, most powerful vampires around, for help, he offers methan I ever bargained forMy thoughts Blood Wyne is told from Menolly s POV and I always enjoy her POV the best This installment finds everyone a little busy actually doing their own thing for once Of course the threat of Shadow Wing is still there but Blood Wyne does not focus on that fight Instead a serial vamp is on the loose and Menolly is helping Chase track him down because it most definitely is a he He is leaving his victims violated in a most heinous way before draining them to death In the course of the investigation Morio is severely injured resulting in a drastic measure to save his life which results in an unexpected consequence.During that same fight Camille and Vanzir have an unexpected encounter of their own.Smokey and Rozurial are off to help Smokey s Mom with an SOS so they aren t around.Delilah is out of commission recuperating from the broken ribs she suffered while fighting Stacia Bonecrusher but her demon lover Shade is ready and willing to help any way he can.Add to that, Menolly hires a new bartender, confronts and old and well loved friend about her unacceptable behavior, relocates her daughter Erin and meets the son of Blood Wyne who wants her period On a happier note Menolly and her girlfriend, Nerissa, decide to take their relationship to the next level I really enjoy this series and look forward to each installment.I give Blood Wyne 4 out of 5 stars.M 4,5 Stars We re the D Artigo sisters half human, half Fae, we re sexy, we re savvy and we just turned in our badges to the Otherworld Intelligence Agency My sister Camille is a wicked good witch Delilah s a werecat and blossoming Death Maiden And as for me I m Menolly, acrobat extraordinaire turned vampire But being a vamp isn t all it s cracked up to be, especially when the Godfather of all vampires decides to play Prince CharmingIt s the holiday season and a vampire serial killer is on the loose Hungry ghosts are tearing up the town and people are running scared I strike a deal with Ivana Krask one of the Elder Fae and too late, discover strings are attached But when I turn to Roman, one of the oldest, most powerful vampires around, for help, he offers me than I ever bargained for Yep, addicted to these books yasminegalenorn is the awesomeness I suspect my mistake was coming in at book 9 It sor a paranormal soap opera by now than anything else I enjoyed a few things about it.1 The sex positivity was ACTUALLY revolutionary not just same old tired porn There was a context that made the focus on sex relevant and that context was bringing in themes like characters being bisexual and polyamorous admittedly in limited, stereotypical ways but nevertheless these are things that do not appear in books often enough.2 The sexuality in I suspect my mistake was coming in at book 9 It sor a paranormal soap opera by now than anything else I enjoyed a few things about it.1 The sex positivity was ACTUALLY revolutionary not just same old tired porn There was a context that made the focus on sex relevant and that context was bringing in themes like characters being bisexual and polyamorous admittedly in limited, stereotypical ways but nevertheless these are things that do not appear in books often enough.2 The sexuality in the book was focussed on female desire Menolly and Nerissa typify this in a way but there was also Camille and her three husbands and attraction to others There was no slut shaming in portraying voracious and joyful female desire and the fact that it could be complicated and directed atthan one person This was a definitely progressive move.3 A very persistent theme in the portrayal of sexuality was consent Consent was both taken for granted as the foundation for any good encounter and explicitly mentioned many times Consent and desire were shown to be intertwined and non consensual sex was portrayed as disordered I was cheering for all this it needs to be done a LOT.Having said all that, I found Roman a problematic character for a number of reasons Firstly Menolly s sex with him is portrayed as her needing a man ie phallocentric naturalness to a woman s sexuality a point of view Nerissa can completely relate to because hey who doesn t need a dick Secondly the classism, the uncomplicated ease we are meant to feel at this vampire regency a form of bullying comes to a head on p286 where there is one of the most explicitly classist statements I have ever read you can t educate a person to have class it is just an inborn trait of the aristocracy This is a historically ridiculous suggestion, and I do realise that this is a fantasy story but it s insultingly ridiculous to present that view of class untroubled by facts.Then there is the way that Roman gradually overshadows Nerissa in the story, hijacks Menolly and controls her By the very last page she is really just Roman s bitch which undoes a lot of the good liberative work of the earlier chapters and probably the earlier novels Early on she is good on boundaries, won t let him buy her clothes and sets her own agenda but by the end of the book Nerissa is an irrelevant background figurehairdresser than girlfriend and Menolly is sparkling on the arm of a control freak.Added to the problem of Roman is a question about the title of the book Yeah I get that Blood Wyne is Roman s mother and a very powerful vampire but she does not actually appear in the book Aaccurate title would be Son of blood wyne or something completely different There seemed to be some sort of backhanded mother hatred flowing through the book as an underground sub theme.The plot itself was indifferent The writing was not offensively bad but didn t blow me away This was much better than many paranormal books I have read, but not good enough for me to seek outof the series Nevertheless it was refreshing to have some woman woman romance and other ways of stirring the pot and I can t stress enough how good the emphasis on consent was


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