Series: Fly by Night #1
Published by Berkley on July 7, 2015
Genres: Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Sex scene
Reviewed by: Kate
From New York Times bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn comes an all-new series set in the realm of her Otherworld novels.
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.
While not exactly what I expected, FLIGHT FROM DEATH is an interesting, mysterious urban fantasy with ghosts and spooky creatures galore! With creative mythology and great characters, FLIGHT FROM DEATH is a good start to what seems to be a promising series.
My biggest complaint is that though this is the first in the Fly by Night series, I kept feeling that I missed some crucial action before this book started. The characters made repeated references to situations before the book, and it felt as if the author expected the reader to already know about these situations. Now, they may be in the Otherworld series, as this is a spin-off, but since this is a new series I was hoping to come in fresh. The other aspect that bothered me was the relationship between Shimmer and her boss, Alex. Alex has just broken up with his girlfriend as the book starts, and yet jumps into bed with Shimmer not three days later. While there was clearly sexual tension between the two, it bothers me that it developed so fast.
What I especially enjoyed about FLIGHT FROM DEATH was learning about Shimmer's backstory, and how she came to be where she was. It was interesting to learn about the dragon mythology that Galenorn has created, and I enjoyed the flashbacks. I also very much enjoyed the creatures that Galenorn created - creepy and fascinating at the same time, this gang isn't fighting your typical paranormal bad guy. And what a gang it is! A dragon, two vampires, a werewolf who faints at the sight of blood, a djinn, and a witch all make up this crew. They were super fun to get to know, all with their own unique personalities and quirks.
I know that I'm excited to learn about the next case that Shimmer and Alex take on, and despite my complaints, I'll be around for book two in this series. Worth the time, FLIGHT FROM DEATH is a great urban fantasy mystery combo that has action, humor and some sexual tension, basically, something for everyone!Series Titles:
- Flight From Death