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Courting Darkness (An Otherworld Novel)

Courting Darkness - Yasmine Galenorn I've said it before and I'll say it again. Camille's books always come out as the strongest of the set.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Yasmine Galenorn, she writes a unique type of urban fantasy, very pagan, full of magic and all sorts of different paranormal creatures. The story in each book follows three half-fae/half-human sisters who along with their friends and family battle a demon who tries to collect seven seals which protect the Earth, and open it to demon invasion and ultimate destruction.

Camille is the eldest and weakest of three sisters. She is a witch and relies on her unstable magical talents and steely will to do what needs to be done. As a consequence she seems to be suffering the most through the series.

This time Hyto, a psychotic father of her dragon-husband Smoky (she has three!) kidnaps her and tortures the hell out of her to get to his son and kill him. It's a very difficult and painful journey of a woman who refuses to be broken, who finds strength in her anger in order to defeat her enemy and the enemy of her loved ones.

Very little in this book is about the war with the demons, it deals with Hyto once and for all, but don't worry, the action doesn't become boring or stilted because of that.

I adore Camille, she is a testament to all women and their inner strength, and I think she will stay one of my favourite UF characters for a long time to come.

Recommended for the fans of fantasy, Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead and Meredith Gentry series by Laurell K.Hamilton.