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Dragon Wytch (Sisters of the Moon, Book 4) (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Yasmine Galenorn

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Title:Dragon Wytch (Sisters of the Moon, Book 4)
Authors:Yasmine Galenorn
Info:Berkley (2008), Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
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Dragon Wytch by Yasmine Galenorn (2008)

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Camille D’Artigo is the protagonist in this book, facing the every growing and worrying effects of the war against Shadow Wing and the civil war in Otherworld – a war that is now affecting their family as well as bringing chaos to the Otherworld, allowing all kinds of monsters to break through the portals and wreak havoc on an unsuspecting Earth.

Now she has a unicorn gifting her with an artefact of legend of immense power that may be one of their best hopes against Shadow Wing – except it’s been lost and it’ll work just as well for their enemies as against them.

And there’s a new spirit seal to find – and this one is being hunted by a lethal and cunning Rakshasa, far more dangerous than any of the other demons they have had to face. Added to that, Morgaine is back and the ancient, power-hungry sorceress has her own plans involving Titania, the long defunct Seelie queen

To complicate all of that – Smokey, the ancient and mighty dragon, is demanding her attention as well, as per their agreement. But Smokey wants into her heart and not just her bed – which is difficult with her current lovers to take into account.

My only major complaint with this book – in fact the series in general, is its poor pacing and the easily distracted protagonists. I think this book is especially bad for it. There’s one moment in particular that stands out. They are trying to find the Pixie with the Black Unicorn’s horn before anyone else, since this is an artefact with massive, incredible power. It simply cannot fall into the wrong hands. Menolly, after working at the bar, gets a lead on the horn (and it turns out to be true) so she goes home and…

… watches Jerry Springer with Delilah, waiting for Camille to get up rather than waking her. When she does get up (early because something else entirely interrupts her) she, Delilah and Menolly start weeding the garden. No, really – the horn could right now be heading into demon hands but they’re doing some gardening. Then they have breakfast. Then Iris regales them with a tale from when she was a House Sprite in Finland. Then Camille potty trains their pet gargoyle. And I am sat there reading this book and restraining the urge to yell at it because the world is supposed to be on the brink of collapse, demons are supposed to be invading, civil war is breaking out in Otherland, the world is in Serious Peril so some urgency may be required.

An additional problem with that is it makes me less happy with the variety of plots. We have a lot of different threads in this book – we have the Rakshasa and his minions looking for the spirit seal, we have the Unicorn and the horn, we have the problem of the Cryptos and the unguarded portals, we have Morgaine and Titania, we have Camille with Smokey as well as big insights into Camille’s past. All of these plot lines add to the overall story and are wonderful threads of the plot that really go together well. And individually I like each one. They really add to the richness of the world and the much greater sense of the coming battle – but because the pacing is already slowed down by random domesticity it makes me less patient with anything that might stop the main plot line actually moving forwards.

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  FangsfortheFantasy | Sep 20, 2013 |
I don't think I enjoy the books in this series focused on Camille as much as those focused on the other sisters. The books from Camille's POV tend to be a bit too heavy on the relationship dynamics between her and men, and less on the actual plot. To have characters saying things like (paraphrasing): "We can go without sleep to focus on the bad guys and solve our problems because people are dying and what's sleep next to that?" doesn't make sense when a good portion of that time is then spent on sex instead. Another series moving toward porn instead of plot. Meh. ( )
  Krumbs | Mar 31, 2013 |
*First, in case you’re wondering, I really did read Darkling, where my review of that went I don’t know. I will re-read and post review ASAP!*
There’s a lot of reintroducing of the characters, setting, history and backstory that would make it easy for a new reader to follow. But, since I read the series from the beginning I find it a little annoying. It draws me out of the story. Personally, I think that if a reader is too lazy to start from the beginning in a series they deserve to be confused. Moving on…
It’s a heavy burden to always be the strong one; the one that everyone turns to when they’re in trouble. No one knows that better than Camille, Menolly and Delilah. No matter the personal cost or the risk they have always been willing to face the threat to Earth and Otherworld. I am a huge fan of this series and Dragon Wytch did not disappoint. This story was toe-curling steamy when it came to Camille’s love-romps. It was soul-draining exhausting when it came to the battle scenes. It seems that we are always moving around the twists and obstacles that the sisters face, just as they are. That’s probably what I love the most about this series. It’s the ability to be pulled so deeply into the story that it’s more like being a fly on the wall instead of just reading.
I have read each of the sisters’ stories, but I feel a stronger connection to Camille than to the other two sisters. I couldn’t say why because I enjoyed both Delilah and Menolly’s perspective very much. I can’t even say that I think that Camille is the stronger sister. Each one faces their own darkness in the midst of a bigger battle. Maybe it’s her snarky attitude and the way she goes off on these anger/exhaustion-fueled rants. I don’t really have to know why. I can enjoy it all the same without understanding that part.
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  StarrK | Jan 7, 2013 |
I went straight into the fourth book after reading Darkling and this time the story is narrated by Camille. She's a witch dedicated to The Moon, but as she's half human her spells have a tendency to backfire. Her story is a little complicated as she is a little free with the men. Her main partner is Trillian who is absent on a dangerous mission for the majority of the book. Along with Trillian she has a triad with Morio, a fox demon. Her third lover is Smokey who shifts into a dragon with whom she has a pact. In this instalment he finally claims his first night with her and she gets to "ride a dragon"!

The main plot centres around Camille receiving a visit from a unicorn and the legendary black unicorn horn to help in the fight against Shadowing (the main over arcing villain) and a powerful Earthside demon named Karvanak who is after a newly surfaced spirit seal. Also in the background you have Morgaine trying to resurrect the Faerie Courts and become Queen herself. If it sounds complicated, it is. This was one thing I disliked about the novel, there was too much plot and not really enough time to sort through it all.

Camille is my least favourite of the three sisters. I don't really get where she is coming from which I think is part of the problem. She is half strong and powerful, owning her sexuality. On the other hand she seems quite happy to let her men control her and tie her down. Every now and then she will throw a hissy fit and one will be there there little Witch, don't get your knickers in a twist. On the plus side the book had a unicorn in it (he could have been in it more though, again too much plot and not enough time to spend with the characters besides Camille) so I'm sold! ( )
  Rhinoa | Jan 22, 2012 |
This is the one book in the series thus far that I was really looking forward to and it didn't disappoint. The series has gone full circle and this book starts back over with Camille who just happens to be my favorite of the D'Artigo sisters. Camille is now in a triad with her men, Trillian, the Svartan looked down upon by most of the fae and Morio, a Japanese Fox Demon. Camille doesn't do vanilla and is attracted to dangerous men/creatures. That being said, her love life just seems to get more-and-more complicated. In prior books, Camille was bound to a week long contract of debauchery with Smoky the dragon in exchange for his help. I was sooooo afraid that the scene would play out in one of the other sister's books and I wouldn't get to read the details. Though it was just one night instead of the full week, the intimate scene between Camille and Smoky was everything I hoped it would be. Smoking hot!!! Plus you get to see an entirely different side of the dragon. Not only is is incredibly gorgeous, he is loving in a way dragon's aren't supposed to be and has major skills. I never thought hair could be so sexy! We also got to meet a unicorn in this book which I thought would be super cheesy but wasn't. The storyline was well written and I actually liked him. Due to a precious and rare gift given to Camille by the unicorn we got to go back in time and see her go through her coronation with the Moon Mother. That helped to understand her power a little better and that it was predicted that she would be very powerful someday. I also enjoyed that for once the sisters didn't necessarily end up on top and that the storyline with the demon and third spirit seal will roll over into the next book. Now I have to get through the next two books (not that I'm complaining cause I like the other sisters as well) so that I came get back to Camille and her harem of men. Can't wait to see Trillian's reaction to the arrangement between Camille, Morio and Smoky. Loved it!!! ( )
  mthomas1975 | Nov 18, 2010 |
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To all you sensual men
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We're the D'Artigo sisters: savvy---and sexy---operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But being half-human, half-Faerie short-circuits our talents at all the wrong times. My sister Delilah shapeshifts into a tabby cat whenever she's stressed. Menolly's a vampire who's still trying to get the hang of being undead. And me? I'm Camille---a wicked-good witch, trying to juggle faulty magic, gorgeous men, and the demonic war in which we're embroiled. Sometimes it's hard to know who we can trust...

The equinox is coming, and mayhem rules. A crown-prince unicorn offers us a legendary gift, but it vanishes. Goblins and trolls swarm the streets of Seattle. And now Smoky, the sexiest dragon alive, decides to stake his claim---on me. Overshadowing it all, the third spirit seal surfaces, and Shadow Wing is after it. But I've discovered a secret that could change everything. A dangerous force from the past is rising again, intent on restoring balance to the worlds---whether we like it or not.

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The D?Artigo sisters are half-human, half-Fae operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. Camille is doing her best to juggle magic, men, and the demonic war into which they?ve been thrust?until she discovers a secret that could change all their lives.

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The D'Artigo sisters are half-human, half-Fae operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. Camille is doing her best to juggle magic, men, and the demonic war into which they've been thrust until she discovers a secret that could change all their lives.… (more)

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