Dragon Wytch by Yasmine Galenorn

Sisters of the Moon, Book 4

Berkley

Urban Fantasy

ISBN: 978-0-425-22239-3

Reviewed by Sabella

   

 

Camille is doing all she can to cope with the stress in her life, what with being, along with her sisters, Guardians of the Earth against an invasion of the Demon hordes; dealing with a pushy, dangerous dragon that wants her in his bed; and the sudden surge of goblins, trolls and all manner of nasty magical beings appearing on Earth – Camille barely has time to sleep.  But when the Unicorn Prince shows up on her doorstep with a request and a gift, Camille feels herself sinking deeper into unknown territory in her battle against evil.  Also Camille can not ever forget that her Moon Magic is as likely to go haywire as to do what she intended, all the while more tasks and duties are placed upon her shoulders.

Now, Camille and her sisters must continue to search for the Spirit Seals needed to keep the demons locked away in their own world.  But in the meantime, they also must deal with Demon Lords suddenly appearing in town, the awakening of the Seelie and Unseelie Courts on Earth, and the disappearance of one of the members of Camille’s triad.

Will Camille and her sisters triumph in their Herculean task of defeating the Demons? Or will they be crushed to dust like the rest of humanity?

I must start off by saying that my experience with Dragon Wytch was definitely tainted by not having read the previous books in the series. Many “givens” within the plot and the characters were not understood nor did they offer the intended depth and emotion.  That said, Dragon Wytch is an urban fantasy that is chock full of all the elements of a great fantasy book – plenty of action, varied and powerful magical beings, unexplored or recently discovered talents and an epic battle of good versus evil.  However, in spite of these strong underpinnings to the story I found Camille to be a pale imitation of Ms. Hamilton’s Meredith Gentry series, with the collection of lovers and dangerous politics.  It never clearly came across how or why Camille was so deeply attached to her main lovers – Trillian and Morio -  to create any interest in them outside of their roles as magical and emotional support to Camille.  But the real mystery to me is the eventual role of Smoky as a main love interest to Camille, since she spends almost the entire time she is around him in fear that he will do physical harm to her  due to his draconic temper and her assertive character.  Camille herself has such wild swings in her behavior as to make her incomprehensible at best and unintelligent at worst, which left  me baffled most of the time and tired of her antics by the end of the book.  Dragon Wytch is an action packed fantasy tale that fails to deliver on most fronts, ending in the middle of the magical action, leaving almost all of the important issues to be obviously resolved in further installments of the series, but only after having taken seemingly every detour possible within the plot.  In the end I found Dragon Wytch a lack-luster read with characters that lacked depth, were unbelievable and boring despite the great promise shown at first glance.

     

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