Guest Blogger: Yasmine Galenorn
First let me preface this with the fact that everybody who’s read the first book—Night Myst—has gone, to be blunt, ape-shit over it. They love it. It’s darker than the Otherworld Series, it’s edgier and in ways more romantic. But it’s also far more magical. Which brings me to one potential downfall: a review I read the other day totally slammed me for having so much magic in it.
All I can say in response is: the magic is what makes up this world, so I figure it just wasn’t the right book for the reviewer to read. Because the world of the Indigo Court is steeped in Fae magic. It’s a world of Fae and shapeshifters and vampires. A world of innate magic that permeates the land, of magic that sweeps through the air and the water to the point of where the magic itself is another character.
Now we’re not talking deus ex machina, where the gods come out and fix everything, where magic removes the need for thought and action. No, we’re talking inherent magic, where the world around Cicely Waters becomes a living, breathing entity and every aspect has some form of magic to it. The series is very shamanic and totemic by nature.
My background in nonfiction, and as a shamanic witch who works with elemental magic and totem animal spirits has given me a good perspective from which to write the book, and in some ways, I consider Night Myst my best book I’ve ever written. The magic is far more vivid than the magic of our world or the magic that I practice, it’s not ‘wiccan’ or dungeons & dragons magic, either, but the magic of transformation, where creating illusion, and manipulating the elements is as common as breathing.
In a sense, I believe that this is the series I’ve been waiting to write—that I’ve been working my way up to. I totally love the D’Artigo Sisters and the Otherworld Series, but the Indigo Court Series is darker and more sensual, it’s a world in which powers vie for supremacy, in which the balance is always off kilter and where you have to dance with the demons in order to still the devil. I’m hoping that you will enjoy this new world, and that it sweeps you away into a winter wonderland of bewitchment.
In case you haven’t seen the YouTube video for Night Myst, here is the Link. (And yes, I make my book trailers myself. ~grins~)
So what kind of magic do you enjoy in books? What magical powers would you, yourself, like to have? My publisher will give away three copies of Bone Magic, the seventh (and most recent) book in the Otherworld Series to three people who comment (US/Canada only, please for contest).
New York Times bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn writes urban fantasy for Berkley: both the bestselling Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon Series for Berkley and the upcoming Indigo Court urban fantasy series. In the past, she wrote mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and nonfiction metaphysical books. Her books have hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists numerous times.
Yasmine has been in the Craft for over 30 years, is a shamanic witch, and describes her life as a blend of teacups and tattoos. She lives in Bellevue WA with her husband Samwise and their cats. Yasmine can be reached via her website at www.galenorn.com