56 points, 3 stars.
Camille D’Artigo is half human, and half-fae, with unpredictable magic. Along with her two sisters Delilah, a werecat, and Menolly, a vampire, they have been assigned to Earth from the Otherworld. Now a leader of the Subterranean Realms, Shadow Wing, has turned his gaze to Earth and Otherworld, and he wants to gain control over both realms. With war about to break out in Otherworld, it is up to the three sisters to stop him.
“Lips to lips, mouth to mouth, Comes the speaker of the shrouds, Suck in the spirit, speak the words, Let secrets of the dead be heard.”
Witchling starts off a 21 book series that from the very start, you know will only end with the destruction of what was started in this first book. Witchling introduces the Big Bad of the series, Shadow Wing. The only way for this series to end is with his defeat. Doesn’t matter how many books it will take, Galenorn will use them all.
Overall, a very mediocre book. The characters, mostly Camille since she is the narrator for Witchling, go from place to place to place, with almost zero breaks between them, in a sort of haphazard manner. Everything gets there by the end of the book, it is just very chaotic.
This series features three siblings, who are very different from each other but still family. Witchling features Camille as the narrator, the next book features Delilah, and the third book features Menolly, before it loops back around to Camille and repeats. Camille is the oldest of the three sisters, and she has absolutely no control over her magic (or her libido). Every time she does a spell, it is a crapshoot whether it will work or go catastrophically wrong. Which in the book world means it will go wrong every single time unless the author/characters really, really need it to go well.
Camille is also the one that holds everything together. She is strong, and she is their leader. Almost their mother, even. She also has an extremely high sex drive, and I have such a hard time relating to it. Camille have a soul mate, Trillian, she ran away from because she was scared he would leave her, because he is Svartan, a fae who can invoke obsession in others before leaving them. Then she falls for Morio, a fox demon (yokai kitsune), who shows up at just the right time to catch her eye. And then there is a dragon who is interested in her two. Oh boy. That is a lot of guys.
The thing that surprised me the most with Witchling is that Galenorn did take care with the worldbuilding. She explains things as they come up. Most of what she brings in is well thought out. You just have this feeling that at any time throughout your reading, something new can join in, something you didn’t even know existed before. Which happens. A lot.
And everything is changing. Two wars are starting. Nothing will be the same, and the D’Artigo sisters are in the middle.