Night Myst is the first book in the Indigo Court series by Yasmine Galenorn. This urban fantasy novel was published by Berkley in 2010.
Blurb for NIGHT MYST
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 Greive has been enslaved in Myst’s court, and now, caught betwen two evils, the lovers must survive the machinations of the Vampiric Fae queen, even as Cicely untangles the hidden secrets to her own heritage.
Jen’s Review of NIGHT MYST
- Tense: past
- Point of View: first person
- Sexual Content: yes
*I originally reviewed this book on Books That Hook. It’s slightly different from what I posted before.
Quick Review: A good witch book with lots of action, but also lots of threads left hanging.
Basic Summary: The wind tells Cicely, a witch, her aunt and cousin are in danger. She calls her aunt and learns that a woman was murdered and has left Cicely her magic business. Cicely returns to her home town.
Her aunt Heather disappears. Cicely and her cousin Rhiannon learn that the Indigo Court, Vampiric Fae, have taken over the nearby forest and are killing and abducting many of the magic-born in the area.
Cicely had hope to rekindle a relationship with her old lover, Grieve, but he has been turned by the Indigo Court. He struggles against his nature to help Cicely.
Not long after, Cicely’s friend Peyton disappears. Cicely, Rhiannon, and others are determined to rescue Heather and Peyton.
Cicely is summoned by the Crimson Court, ‘real’ vampires, who demand her cooperation in working against the Indigo Court.
Many secrets are revealed, but I won’t give them away here. I’ll just say that Cicely becomes more powerful and goes to battle with the Indigo Court.
Romantic Interests: Grieve, a Fae who has been turned into a Vampire Fae
My Likes: The writing is good. Other than a few places where I got confused about what the author was trying to say, it was an easy and quick read.
Cicely is tough yet caring. She could be your worst enemy or your best friend. I really liked her. She gets carried away a little bit by her feelings for Grieve, but she has a good head on her for the most part. She’s not rash or overly stubborn. I felt sorry for her when she had to give in to the vampires.
I appreciated how the story began with the problem. The reader doesn’t have to wait to learn what the goal of the story is.
Rhiannon’s struggle to get control over her abilities was a nice addition to the story.
I liked that the plot could stand alone without the romance. There’s enough other stuff going on that make it exciting and interesting. It doesn’t get bogged down with sex or obsessive love.
My Dislikes: The book contained one of my biggest pet peeves. Cicely’s car was named Favonis. Why, oh why, do authors think inanimate objects need names? If it was magical, I could see giving it a name, but it’s just a car! I know some people do this in real life, but it’s overdone in urban fantasy. It’s like it’s a prerequisite for the genre or something.
Other than that, my only other complaint is I felt I didn’t get to know Grieve. I could never tell if Cicely was justified in her trust or love for him. I know it was important for the reader to feel some mistrust for him, but I think we could have learned more about him.
It didn’t bother me that much, but some people might not like the fact that this book really leaves the reader hanging at the end. It’s one of those books that ends with only a minor victory with a lot that hasn’t been resolved yet.
Do I Recommend?
If you haven’t read the Indigo Court series, you should if you like urban fantasy with witches and fae. It’s a good series that I would read again. I love element-wielding witches kicking evil’s ass!
My rating: I give NIGHT MYST 4 out of 5 stars (B)