Audio Review: Night Myst by Yasmine Galenorn

May Contain Spoilers

Continuing my exploration of urban fantasy, I borrowed the audio book for Night Myst from the library. I admit that I totally judged The Indigo Court series by the covers. Some of those covers are incredible, and I was hoping I would be knocked out by the books. Night Myst was a mixed bag for me; I liked some aspects of the story, but overall, I found it slow going.

Cicely is headed home to New Forest, Washington. Her troubled mother has died, so she no longer has anyone to look out for, and no reason to stay away from the rest of her family. When she gets home, she learns that her aunt has been kidnapped by the vampiric fae, her cousin is also in danger, and Grieve, the love of her life, is enslaved to the Indigo Court. Myst, the evil queen of the vampiric fae, claims Grieve as her own, and she wants Cicely and her family of witches gone, so she is targeting them one at a time.

The info dumps drove me nuts. Cicely learns about the Indigo Court from books, and the revelations felt flat and forced. The time she spent with the vampires, her unlikely allies in the war against Myst and her followers, was more interesting, but seemed to be more for shock value than anything else. Other than establishing that they are bad asses, I didn’t feel that the scenes featuring the vampires offered much, and since they didn’t feature prominently other than infecting Cicely with a virus to knock the vampiric fae off-balance, they didn’t add much to the plot. Maybe in future volumes that will change.

I didn’t buy Cicely and Grieve’s relationship. I know, I know, Grieve has been enthralled to Myst, and he’s not acting himself, but still. I didn’t like him. At all. And the whole tattoo thing was just bizarre. Weird.  Because I wasn’t caught up in the soul mate thing between Grieve and Cicely, I found the romance elements tedious.

Will I read the next book? Probably.  I’m hoping that the issues I had with Night Myst can be attributed to it being the first in a series. If I don’t have more success with Book 2, though, I’ll just have to admit that this series isn’t for me.

Grade: 2.5 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book

Eons ago, vampires tried to turn the Dark Fae in order to harness their magic, only to create a demonic enemy more powerful than they imagined. Now Myst, the Vampiric Fae Queen of the Indigo Court, has enough power to begin a long prophesied supernatural war. And Cicely Waters, a witch who can control the wind, may be the only one who can stop her-and save her beloved Fae prince from the Queen’s enslavement.
Cicely Waters, a witch who can control the wind, has returned home to New Forest, Washington, after learning that her family is in danger. The Indigo Court holds the city in fear. People are vanishing, and strange deaths plague the town. And when she is swept into an unexpected and passionate reunion with Grieve, the Fae prince who taught her how to harness the wind, Cicely finds herself with a fierce and territorial lover.
But Grieve has been enslaved in Myst’s court, and now, caught between two evils, the lovers must survive the machinations of the Vampiric Fae queen, even as Cicely untangles the hidden secrets to her own heritage.