Release Date: July 7, 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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.
Finally a dragon who wasn't shy in showing her true self to us. And finally, I got to sample Yasmine Galenorn's fiction! Admittedly, I am DROWNING in tried, tested, and fantastic long standing urban fantasy and paranormal series. So much so that I just take note of the authors and hold off doing research on their series up until I can actually find the time to dive in and binge.
Thankfully, YGalenorn has FLIGHT FROM DEATH, book 1 to her new series, Fly by Night, starring a blue dragon on exile, Shimmer, and her boss/lover, Alex, who is a vampire. The backstory is cleverly interspersed with the main story so we get a good grasp of who Shimmer is how she ended up Earthside. The myth isn't very detailed, maybe it'll be explained more in the next book? Aside from Shimmer's world and dragon heirarchy, the Supes are pretty basic and I'm assuming they're of the "regular" kind. The paranormals didn't exhibit any special abilities aside from the usual so I guess the vamps, werewolves, etc. didn't require more page time at this point to avoid redundancy.
The main plot of FLIGHT FROM DEATH is a ghost haunting. It's exciting enough because the case got escalated to gypsy curses and fae magic. YGalenorn added new-ish Supes in the scene as an added interest making the adventure more chaotic. The characters are a hodgepodge of paranormals too! There be werewolves, a djinn, witches, and a spiritwalker for starters. Individually, Shimmer & Co. are likable enough, and YGalenorn fleshed them out really well in a way that they all stand out.
FLIGHT FROM DEATH is a very easy novel. Easy to read because of the pace, easy to get acclimated to, even the romance is easy. Not in an insta-love kind of way, but there's already something between Shimmer and Alex so it wasn't a surprise when they became a couple . There's no romantic tension, snarky banters, or anything of the sort to build that one up. That said, Shimmer and Alex came across as very ordinary. Like I said, they're likable but they didn't wow me either. Shimmer might be a dragon but she doesn't have a badass attitude like the usual UF heroine. Which is fine, I just wanted more from my heroine. As for Alex, I don't mind if he's not an "Alpha", but I was hoping that he'd be swoony at least. At this point, I feel detached from them, but I sure would want to know more about Shimmer and this new fantastical world. Chalking this to a medium start which hopefully will go full throttle in book 2.