Witchling (Overworld/Sisters of the Moon #1) Review

Witchling (Sisters of the Moon #1) is a 2006 paranormal fantasy romance thriller novel written by Yasmine Galenorn and published by Berkley.  Set as the first book in the Sisters of the Moon series the book follows the D’Artigo Sisters, operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency, who are tasked with keeping the mysterious Shadow Wing and his minions at bay.


Positives:

  • Great characters
  • Witty dialogue
  • Interesting story
  • Good writing

Negatives:

  • Lackluster writing
  • Main three feel like troupes

Plot:  The story follows the D’Artigo Sisters: Half-human, half-Faerie, who are operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency, who, after discovering a plot by the leader of the Subterranean Realms to subjugate Earth and Otherworld, are tasked with keeping Shadow Wing and his minions at bay.  Witchling is narrated in first person by Camille. The story actually starts off as a mystery but as it progresses it grows into a save-the-world mission to stop the leader of the Subterranean Realms, Shadow Wing.  It can be bogged down with the minutiae which slows the story down dramatically.  Because of how poorly many of the story plots are handled or revealed, the twists aren’t really engaging. (3 out of 5)

Characters: The main protagonists are the D’Artigo sisters who are half-human half-Fae operatives of the OIA–the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. Camille is a witch, Delilah a shapeshifter, and Menolly a vampire. They each have their strengths and characteristics that compliment the others. Camille’s powers are unpredictable which lead to some interesting sequences. One thing I didn’t like about Camille is her reliance on her magic. It doesn’t make sense for her magic to  be so unpredictable yet she utilizes no other means to defend herself. Delilah at least uses a gun and Menolly has her vampire abilities.  And honestly, the three don’t even feel like real agents of anything.

Camille has to deal with the return of her former lover, Trillian, as well as the charming fox demon, Morio. Thought Trillian was a pretty awesome character (though he does fill the bad boy troupe) and there is this rivalry between him and Morio.
Menolly is probably the most interesting of the bunch as she is dealing with her being a vampire after she was unwillingly changed. Delilah is able to shapeshift into cat forms and usually changes into a domestic cat at the first sign of trouble. She also develops this relationship with the head of Fae/Human CSI, Chase Johnson.  Chase is probably the most underutilized character to the point that it is frustrating.  When things happen, he is always the first to be surprised, sickened, or hurt.  He was always creeped out, basically made to be physically, mentally, and emotionally inferior to the main three to make them seem “strong”. (3 out of 5)

Writing: The writing has a definite focus on sex but the mystery, action, and fantasy elements are balanced out pretty well. One thing about the writing that I didn’t like was how quickly revealed things are. When there is a particular question about a certain event or character someone always knew which ruins the mystique. Hardly any mystery for the characters to figure out. Definitely takes some of the tension out of the writing. Even with the Shadow Wing character, there’s little to no build up surrounding him nor mystery. It’s just that he’s evil, powerful with little regard to him at least working his way to the top. It would’ve been better had he made moves but no one knew who he was until later on.

The dialogue is pretty solid filled with wit and humor. There are times that it does feel irrelevant but it does help to flesh out the characters.  One other problem I noticed was the description of the sisters.  Each sister is as different as they could possibly which doesn’t make sense.  One’s a blonde, one’s a redhead, one’s a brunette.  One’s a shapeshifter, one’s a vampire, one’s a witch.  One’s tall, one’s short, one’s in-between. Even their personalities are vastly different.  Hell, me and my sister have similar personalities but we’re completely different people.  Why couldn’t these characters look similar, have similar abilities, but also have personalities that make them different.  Also, there is sex and there is a good bit of description.  However, the wording is careful not to make it overly descriptive.  (2 out of 5)


The Verdict: In the end, Witchling (Sisters of the Moon #1) is a good read but not as good as it could’ve been.  Most of the problems I had with the book is with the writing; how things were revealed, descriptions of the sisters, and some of the world building.  However, the story is interesting, characters are good, witty dialogue, and some of the writing is good.  Witchling (Sisters of the Moon #1) gets 3 out of 5.

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