The Otherworld Series is an Urban Fantasy
series by Yasmine Galenorn. Not to be confused with the fantasy novel series
, science fiction series
of the same name. For tropes associated with otherworlds, see Otherworld Tropes
The D'Artigo sisters are three half-human, half-Fae members of the Otherworld Intelligence Service. Camille is a witch, Delilah is a werecat, and Menolly is a vampire. Unfortunately, their half-human heritage tends to make their magic malfunction
at inopportune moments, and they've acquired a reputation for incompetence that gets them assigned to Earth, where the existence of Fae and the Otherworld has recently become public knowledge
However, what is supposed to be a boring assignment where their bumbling won't do any harm turns serious when they learn that a powerful demon lord, Shadow Wing, is seeking nine Cosmic Keystones
that will allow him to break the barriers between the worlds and conquer the Earth. With the Otherworld authorities in disarray due to insurrections against the opium-addled queen, the D'Artigo sisters and their assorted allies are the only ones standing in the way of Shadow Wing's conquest.
Books in the series so far include:
- Dragon Wytch
- Night Huntress
- Demon Mistress
- Bone Magic
- Harvest Hunting
- Blood Wyne
- Courting Darkness
- Shaded Vision
- Shadow Rising
This series includes examples of
- Bi the Way: Menolly has had relationships with men and women. Additionally, though Delilah's only relationship has been with a man, she says that she's curious about having a relationship with a woman.
- Big Bad: Shadow Wing
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The D'Artigo sisters. Camille has black hair, Delilah has blonde hair, and Menolly has red hair.
- Cosmic Keystone: The Spirit Seals.
- Cute Little Fangs: Delilah. Unlike Menolly, she can't retract them, which sometimes causes her problems.
- Deader than Dead: Kyoka. His first death didn't stick, so the Autumn Lord gave Delilah the power to completely destroy his soul.
- Deadly Decadent Court: Y'Elestrial.
- Did You Just Have Sex?: Camille to Delilah in Witchling.
- Dismantled MacGuffin: The Spirit Seals were originally one artifact, which was split into nine parts and distributed among the Elemental Lords.
- Epic Fail: In Witchling, Camille tries to cast a spell to lock a door, and ends up blowing it off its hinges.
- Flaming Sword: Bad Ass Luke wields one.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Menolly, and the members of Vampires Anonymous.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Bad Ass Luke
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Lethesanar, the opium-addicted queen of Y'Elestrial.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: The Spirit Seals.
- Grand Theft Me: Stated to be a potential ability of powerful shamans, such as Kyoka.
- Half-Breed Discrimination: The D'Artigo sisters suffered this in the Otherworld.
- Half-Human Hybrid: The D'Artigo sisters are half-human, half-Fae.
- Horny Devils: Rozurial the Incubus.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: Queen Titania
- I Know Your True Name: Camille mentions at one point that you should never tell a dragon your true name.
- Inept Mage: Camille. Being half-human renders her magic unstable and liable to backfire.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Delilah, as a werecat. She transforms under the full moon and when she's stressed.
- Kiss of the Vampire: According to Menolly, vampires can choose to make their bite either pleasurable or painful, according to their desire.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: One of Menolly's vampire powers. She can blur the memories of people she feeds on.
- The Legions of Hell: Shadow Wing's army.
- Lesbian Vampire: Menolly, Sassy Branson
- Magic Mirror: Whispering Mirrors, which are used for secure communication by the OIA.
- Magic Misfire: A constant risk when Camille uses moon-magic. Fortunately, her death magic isn't as unreliable.
- Marry Them All: Camille marries all three of her lovers.
- My Beloved Smother: Belinda Stevens
- Not Quite Flight: Menolly's vampire powers allow her to float, though not actually fly.
- Older than They Look: Fae age more slowly than humans, and vampires don't age at all.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Smokey the Dragon.
- Our Demons Are Different: They come from the Subterranean Realm and are vulnerable to silver
- Our Werebeasts Are Different: Delilah is a werecat; other characters include werepumas and werespiders.
- Portal Network: A series of magical portals connects Earth, the Otherworld, and the Subterranean Realms.
- Psychopomp: The Death Maidens of the Autumn Lord.
- Scars Are Forever: Because Menolly was scarred before being turned into a vampire, they will never heal.
- Shoot the Messenger: Lethesanar rips out the hearts of the messengers who report Shamus's escape to her.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Delilah can communicate with animals while in cat form.
- Team Pet: Maggie the Gargoyle.
- Technicolor Eyes: As a Fae, Camille has purple and silver eyes.
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Menolly throws up after trying to drink Bad Ass Luke's blood.
- The Unmasqued World: Takes place after the existence of Fae and the Otherworld has been revealed to humans.
- The Unpronouncable: Lucianopoloneelisunekonekari, better known as Bad Ass Luke.
- Van Helsing Hate Crimes: The Guardian Watchdogs is a group that commits such crimes.
- Vapor Wear: Menolly hasn't worn undergarments since becoming a vampire.