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Saturday, December 5, 2015

5/5 Review:Flight from Death (Fly by Night Book 1) by Yasmine Galenorn


 
 
I’m Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody’s trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they say: All’s fair in love and bounty hunting…

When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we’re on a simple ghost hunt. But our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within. To stop impending disaster we must break the curse and lay the angry spirits to rest
 
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Shimmer is a Blue Dragon Shifter who was exiled from her home after being shamed and caught stealing. Shimmer doesn't know who her parents are and in her world she has no status. She grew up in an orphanage for dragons like her. As part of her punishment she is sent to Earth without most of her powers for five years. Luckily she was sent to work for Alex Radcliffe who is the owner Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. In this first novel, Alex is contacted by an old friend, Patrick Strand, who has purchased a home in Port Townsend and has converted it into a B&B. However, he is unable to open for business because it appears to be haunted and something keeps creating havoc and destruction whenever he gets close to opening. Patrick has asked Alex to come to solve the problem.

Vampires, shifters, witches, dragons, Djinns, - you name it; this book as it all. But is it all necessary? Everything fits together well, the characters seem well formed, and the plot's intriguing. Yet something I can't put my finger on is stopping this good book from being great. It may be because it started off kind of slow for me.Dealing with things that would have broken a lesser person she's over come the odds, i.e. being abandoned and then turned out from her world. She was stronger than strong to stand up to and make the best of having to leave the only world she has ever known.

 I think Galenorn has hit upon an awesome fantasy world, with some wonderful players straight. I'm glad she's started on this new series, I have to admit to being quite upset over the ending of her two paranormal mystery series. Her message on her website is wonderful - but I disagree with her that she doesn't do mysteries as well. Like this series, there is substance to the plot and the characters, as well as a lot of character growth and realistic thoughts and emotions. Not everything is as wholesome as apple pie, but her characters suck it up and deal with it like anyone in the real world would have to do. Shimmer is a perfect example. So, if you enjoy a little realism with a lot of fantasy, this is ideal for you.