We’re the D’Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae ex-operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is a wicked good witch with three gorgeous husbands. Delilah is a two-faced werecat and a Death Maiden. And me? I’m Menolly, a vampire married to a scorching hot werepuma. And right now, we’re facing enemies on all sides . It’s been a long and devastating week. Back in Otherworld, war has decimated the elfin city of Elqaneve, our father has gone missing, and Shadow Wing has managed to obtain another spirit seal. On the home front, somebody burned down my bar, the Wayfarer, killing eight people, including a friend. To make matters worse, we still haven’t found a way to stop Lowestar Radcliff—the daemon in charge of a supernatural corporate power grab. He’s attempting to awaken Suvika, the lord of vice and corrupt businessmen, and we have to stop him. Our enemies are closing in on all sides, and this time, there’s no place to hide .
One of the best things about this series is the rotation between the sisters as narrators. It's funny, but somehow each sister becomes my favorite whenever it's their turn to shine. When I first started reading this series I have to admit that Camille was by far my favorite, but by the second rotation of narrators (book six), both Delilah and Menolly had stole my heart as well. This time around things are really hard for Menolly. She's been dealing with the guilt from the bar fire plus all of the loss over in the Elven realm including their father. In true Menolly style, she bottles it up and it just eats at her. Problem is that now she has a wife, one who feels like Menolly is pushing her away because of how she's shut herself down to cope. But, that being said, she's trying to open up and share her emotions with others. There were several times throughout the book where someone would call her out on her actions and while her first instinct was to snarl back at them, she actually took a step back and really thought about what was being said. It showed a lot of growth and I loved seeing it. There's nothing better than getting to see a character grow over several books, and this series is incredibly great for that.
As much as I've enjoyed this series, I can't help feeling like it's stuck in a little bit of a rut. Don't get me wrong, each book is more than full of steam, action, and danger to keep me more than entertained. It's just that there doesn't feel to be a whole lot of forward momentum in the overall plot. Well, I guess that's not true as things are definitely heating up on the war front, even more so than in recent installments. I guess my issue is that there's so much going on that each book is starting to just bleed into the next one with little or even no resolution on a lot of what's going on. It's almost becoming too much at this point as more and more get stacked onto the sister's plates with no resolutions in sight. So rut probably wasn't the best word, as overwhelming seems to better explain my feelings. I'm just getting to the point where I feel like it's all being stretched too far, and the dangers are being lessened due to the sheer overwhelming amount of them. I'm really hoping some resolution comes in the next installment to hopefully narrow the range of threats down just a bit.
Despite my wishing for a bit of threat narrowing, Crimson Veil was a very enjoyable installment in the Otherworld series. Fans of the series will be more than pleased, and I can't wait to dive into Camille's installment next.