Priestess Dreaming is the latest addition to The Otherworld Series (Sisters of the Moon series). It is told from the point of view of Camille, a Moon witch, and one of three sisters fighting the forces of destruction. An ancient wyrm wakes and Camille must go on a quest to find and bring back the Merlin of King Arthur legends.
Like many long running series, this one has become character and subplot heavy. The individual novels suffer as a result. The first half of the book served to update readers on every subplot line there was space for, with little connection to the plot of this book, and fit in as many guest appearances of characters as possible. It read more like a kaleidoscope than a novel. One of the main characters of the series, Menolly (Camille’s vampire sister), makes an appearance for just a couple of pages. This will be a disappointment to fans who favor her story lines. It also made it hard to care about anyone or anything for the first part. However, things steadied once the quest began.
I did enjoy the Arthurian twists. Ms. Galenorn offers the readers an original idea and twist to the plot and the ending of that subplot line surprised and satisfied. The main plot suffered from lack of both action and tension—no substantial obstacles appear and at no moment did I feel the characters were in any danger. In fact, the novel as a whole lacked tension.
The world building impressed me. Ms. Galenorn has built a complex alternate universe populated with diverse and fascinating beings. The underlying mythology and cultures comes through showing an intense amount of forethought and work. I love any author that can build something new since I’ve become bored with the multiple variations on the same themes that seem to dominate urban fantasy.
My biggest complaint: the dialogue. Ms. Galenorn can write pretty impressive action scenes but her dialogue comes off as stilted and unrealistic. It lacked the natural flow of the rest of the writing and felt like a jarring interruption to the overall flow of the scene. However, Ms. Galenorn keeps the dialogue to a minimum and that helps.
Overall, this book shows all the signs of being part of a series that has run past its prime. The diehard fans will love it but new readers will be lost. Those fans on the edge of giving up will start to drift from the series. It happens. It’s hard to keep any series fresh for long. I did appreciate that Ms. Galenorn continues to offer both a beginning and a conclusion to the book rather than relying on cliffhangers.
Sara Drake has been an avid reader since a young age. She has both a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and a Master’s in History.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Jove. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.