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Dervishes Don’t Dance (Valkyrie Bestiary #2) by Kim McDougall @TantorAudio

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Hello, fellow audiobook listeners. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about Dervishes Don’t Dance written by Kim McDougall and narrated by Hollie Jackson. The second audiobook in Kim’s urban fantasy series, Valkyrie Bestiary.

My thanks to the publisher, Tantor Media, for the audiobook in exchange for a candid review.

What’s Dervishes Don’t Dance about?

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Dervishes Don’t Dance (Valkyrie Bestiary #2) by Kim McDougall @TantorAudioMy Rating:
Title: Dervishes Don't Dance by Kim McDougall
Series: Valkyrie Bestiary #2
Published by Tantor Audio on 31 August, 2021
Genres: Action & Adventure, Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Length: 8 hours 17 Minutes

Sometimes you just need to hug your dervish.

Like when he protects you from brownies.

Or goes down into the scary basement with you because he's proud to be your apprentice.

Or when he saves the world.

Kyra Greene, pest controller to the extraordinary, is back with a new adventure!

A Guardian is dead. Fae are missing. And someone has let a golem loose in town. Ride along with Kyra Greene, the only pest controller qualified to deal with the strange and wonderful creatures that come out the shadows when magic flares.

Dervishes Don’t Dance is the second book in the Valkyrie Bestiary series.

©2020 Kim McDougall (P)2021 Tantor


Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: Audiobook
Purchase Links: Amazon* ¦ Audible* ¦ Audiobooks.com*

Listened To: 18th – 21st December 2021


What did I think about it?

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An Adventure Fraught with Treachery, Mystery, and Skulduggery!

Kim McDougall is still a new-to-me author but I’m really enjoyed these action-packed urban fantasy stories. The future world that she has created is a rich, fantastical tapestry that still feels real and believable. I enjoyed Kim’s pacing in this story and the revelations were delightfully unexpected. The humour in her stories are always fantastic; feeling natural and well-timed. Kim had me smiling and chuckling out loud quite a few times.

Kyra Greene ticked my boxes – a heroine capable to kick arse with a heart of gold.

As our protagonist, Kyra exhibited many of the personality traits that I love. She’s intelligent, has integrity and will fight against injustice. I loved seeing how she dealt with the challenges that sprung to confront her in these stories. Kyra loves expanding her knowledge about the creatures that now inhabit the world and uses her skills to deal with them humanely. I love that she writes a blog – Valkyrie Bestiary – and shares her knowledge and experiences throughout these stories. Kyra has captured my heart and I’m looking forward to listening to more of her adventures.

But it’s not just about Kyra, there’s a varied selection of characters to entertain and connect to.

I loved the personalities that Kim created for each one of the characters in this story. There are fae, brownies, vampires, and so many fantastical species that I wouldn’t know where to begin! We get to know Mason and the other gargoyles a bit more during this adventure. Lyra’s managerie is ever expanding and we’re introduced to more of the human population within the Montreal Ward.

Hollie Jackson is one of my favourite narrators.

Hollie did a great job pulling me into this story. The pace she read felt right to me and the emotions and inflexions she used throughout heightened my enjoyment. Hollie’s performance brought Kyra and the other characters to life. She has a wealth of accents and voices; she creates just the right one for each character she reads. I never felt lost when multiple characters were in conversation. Hollie transported me into each and every scene in these stories.

Dervishes Don’t Dance is a fantastic audiobook.

Kim’s written another tale that is a great example of a character-led urban fantasy story. Our protagonist’s journey aside, who couldn’t be won over by Jacoby’s growing bravery or the insights Angus reveals. I’m also looking forward to learning more about Errol. I’ve already downloaded audiobook 3 – Hellhounds Don’t Heel. I need to listen to the next adventure and find out what Kyra encounters next.


Keep reading to find out more about Kim McDougall. But first, let me share some info about this fantastic urban fantasy series.

Valkyrie Bestiary by Kim McDougall

A pest controller with a soft heart can easily end up with an apartment full of rescues. 😘

Book 1, Dragons Don’t Eat Meat begins with Kyra Greene finding an abandoned baby dragon. She doesn’t want to bring him home, but until she hunts down the brute trying to kill all the dragons and start a civil war among the fae, she’s on babysitting duty.

With each subsequent book, Kyra engages in more adventures and encounters other “pests” that she has to deal with and (usually) rehome.

Books in the Series

Amazon* ¦ Audible* ¦ Book Depository*


Now as promised, here is Kim McDougall’s bio and social media links.

About Kim McDougall

Author - Kim McDougall

If Kim McDougall could have one magical superpower, it would be to talk to animals. Or maybe to shift into animal form. Definitely, fantastical critters and magic often feature in her stories. So until she can change into a Griffin and fly away, she writes dark paranormal action and romance tales.

She is also passionate about fiber art, photography, children’s literacy, rescue animals, nature, and genre-bending fiction.

WHY 3 PEN NAMES?

Am I a secret agent trying to hide my identity? No.

Pen names are important for managing reader expectations.
I write Supernatural Suspense as Kim McDougall and Paranormal Romance as Eliza Crowe.

Paranormal Romance stories depend on the romance to carry the plot.

Paranormal Suspense relies more on intrigue, mystery and the fantastic worlds I build (though there may still be some kissy-kissy stuff). 

Also, some like it hot. And some don’t. To be sure my readers get what they expect, I separated the genres by pen name. You can also check the heat level rating on each book page. 

Finally, I write adorable children’s books as Kim Chatel. I illustrated my award-winning Rainbow Sheep picture book with fiber art, and I love bringing it to craft fairs to sell alongside my needle-felted creations. If you’d like to learn more about my children’s books, please visit KimChatel.com.

And because this is a review for an audiobook, here is Hollie Jackson’s bio and links too.

About Hollie Jackson

Narrator - Hollie Jackson

With over 200 audiobooks narrated and produced, Hollie Jackson has worked with both indie and USA Today bestselling authors across a wide range of genres. Hollie's voice brings characters of all types to vibrant, compelling life, allowing the listener to sit back and enjoy the story.

Growing up in a military family, Hollie found herself lost in the world of poetry and prose, and truly enjoys sharing that joy with others through spoken and written word. As an author, she understands the importance of drawing the reader into the world of the story. As a voracious reader, she enjoys an eclectic range of genre and carries that over into the studio: from contemporary romance to paranormal thrillers, historical fiction to epic fantasy, from erotica to tamer New Adult/Young Adult titles.

Everyone has a story to tell, and Hollie loves to bring those stories to life, one word at a time.


Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my thoughts about Dervishes Don’t Dance. Have you read this one or any others by Kim McDougall? Are there any of Hollie Jackson’s narrations in your collection? Drop a comment below so we can compare notes. 😘

My love of audiobooks has grown over the last few years. But my enjoyment of a story is closely dependent on the person reading it. Before you go, check out my list of Amazing Narrators! Am I missing anyone?

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About Me

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

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