Yasmine Galenorn on Mythological Elements in Priestess Dreaming [Giveaway]


Priestess Dreaming by Yasmine GalenornNote from VBC/Chelsea: We’re so honored to have Yasmine Galenorn on the blog today. We’re such fans of her Otherworld books, and the upcoming Priestess Dreaming (Sept. 30 release!) sounds super good. So good, in fact, that we managed to get Yasmine to give us the inside scoop and share a little about what’s coming next for the series.

If you’re not already hooked on the series, we even have a giveaway of the first Otherworld book, Witchling, at the end of the post. With that, I’m turning it over to Yasmine!

The joy of writing my Otherworld series is that I can go in so many directions with it. For Priestess Dreaming, I decided it was time to flesh out the storyline involving Morgaine, Arturo, and Mordred. Which meant, of course, going in search of the Merlin. In this book, Camille must travel into the realm of the Elder Fae to find and awaken the Merlin, where he in stasis, trapped in time.

I play pretty fast and easy with mythological stories and legends, I do bend them to suit my needs for my work because they’re not exactly historical events. There are so many versions of so many legends that I figure putting my own spin on them is no different than what the rest of writers have done throughout history.

I take a more pagan view of the story of the Merlin — in that he is the high priest of the Hunter, or the Horned God of nature. During the time of the Great Divide, Aeval, Titania, and the Merlin formed a triumvirate. They led the war against the Great Fae Lords who drove the battle against them, but the Fae Lords had too many allies on their side. That’s how Titania lost some of her powers and fell into a drunken fugue, Aeval was trapped in the crystal cavern, and how Merlin was lost in time—they were prisoners of war, exiled from their positions and people.

Author Yasmine Galenorn

Author Yasmine Galenorn

Back when I was first writing the Otherworld series, when Morgaine first made her appearance I knew that this day would happen. I knew that Camille would one day have to waken the Merlin. I didn’t know how it was going to happen or when—or even why, but that arc in the storyline was set to happen at that point. And now, the fallout from this book will change Camille’s life forever.

I had a wonderful time writing Priestess Dreaming, and in some ways it’s my favorite of the Otherworld books. Over the years, people have asked me if I have a planned ending for the Otherworld series. Always, the answer was “Not really.”

But now, the answer to that is “Yes.” I foresee this series going on for between three to six more books after Darkness Raging. So yes, I do see the end. That’s not to say that I don’t foresee spinoffs coming from it—like the Fly by Night series, the first book of which comes out next July. But for now, Camille and her sisters are still fighting the war, working toward their happy ending. (Let’s hope they win). 😉

What do you love most about the mythological elements in urban fantasy and paranormal romance?


We have one copy of Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn for a lucky VBC reader. It’s the first book in her Otherworld series, and we think you’ll love it. This one is open to U.S. addresses only.

a VBC giveaway
Like we could stop there? We’re participating in Yasmine’s blog tour, which means there’s a big giveaway with a goodie bag and a $50 Amazon gift card up for grabs. CLICK HERE FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A GOODIE BAG FROM YASMINE GALENORN

20 Responses to “Yasmine Galenorn on Mythological Elements in Priestess Dreaming [Giveaway]”

  1. Amy says:

    You write a really great blog post! The last one you did made me immediately go out and get the first book in your Indigo Court series and now I really want to get into the Otherworld series. It sounds like something I should have been reading a long time ago!

  2. Kate Woods says:

    Great blog post! I get a good look at the series and I’m already adding it to my tbr list! I love seeing actual historical mythology in urban fantasy books. Taking characters and themes from old myths and applying them to a current series like using Merlin. As a history major these really hook me on a series.

  3. Yvonne A says:

    Nice giveaway. I can only make teh second one because I am from Germany but I have the german version of witchling

  4. Linda Townsend says:

    LOL! I enjoy seeing a connection between old myths and modern day paranormal. For instance, perhaps there’s a connection between Arthurian legend and a practicing witch current day… Thor’s hammer and a gargoyle wielding it modern day. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Linda Townsend says:

    Great blog post and giveaway! Thanks!

  6. Shannon says:

    I enjoyed reading this post and am looking forward to reading more of this series as a fairly new fan. 🙂

  7. Doonna says:

    Really love your blog and all the great interviews!

  8. Donna says:

    Haven’t read it yet but would love too!

  9. erinf1 says:

    I love how inventive and original fantasy/urban fantasy. How authors tweet and “reinvent” well know myths and mythology and make it new and interesting 🙂 I’m just starting this series and I’m so excited to get caught up. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Dawn C says:

    I read to escape the worry and stress. UF and paranormal take me far away and prove it could always be worse! 🙂 Congrats on the new book and thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Kassandra says:

    I enjoy reading books that the authors have taken the idea of what could be or what if and applied it to the world we live in. It is amazing to see what would be seemingly minor events change the fabric of our world!

  12. Natalia J says:

    I love this blog. I some how stumbled into this awesome blog and saw all of the awesome reviews and authors that I didnt know before. 😀

    • Natalia J says:

      As for the Magic part I love Greek , Norse and Egyptian mythology . I guess it makes it more interesting because you know that some people believe that this is still true. I guess it makes it more magical and interesting especially if you can some what relate to them. :3

  13. Sarah says:

    I love the semi-familiarity of mythology used in fantasy. The variety of legends and myths makes for a particular fluidity in the stories. They are particularly adaptable and “shape-able,” and make for a brilliant, semi-familiar, semi-brand new narrative.

  14. Sarah says:

    I love this blog — it’s on my rather shortened “always read” list. Thank you!!

  15. Sandy Lion says:

    I love mythology that is mixed in with any urban fantasy or paranormal series. It makes the work so much more exciting to read. Those are the series I tend to gravitate too as a reader.

    I also really love this blog and the great authors and reviews it always brings to its reader base.

  16. Jacklynn Sizemore says:

    I just love your books!!!!

  17. Dawn Roberto says:

    I love how some authors use the mythology to bring depth to the storyline/series. It is intriguing to myself to see their spin on it.

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