Legacy: The Niteclif Evolutions, Book 1
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (October 18, 2011)
Author: Denise Tompkins
Barnes & Noble $4.40
When Fate makes you her bitch, accept it and adapt. Or die.
The Niteclif Evolutions, Book 1
Looking back on the wish she made on Midsummer’s Eve, Maddy Niteclif should have been more specific. She only wanted to escape the shadowy nightmares that plagued her nights, not to be thrust into a completely altered reality.
If a strangely familiar, sexy dragon-shifter named Bahlin, who causes a never-to-be-mentioned-again fainting spell, isn’t enough to make her question her sanity, his insistence she’s the Niteclif ought to do the job. Prophesied super-sleuth of the supernatural world—a world that desperately needs her help—isn’t a job she’s remotely qualified for no matter what her family tree says.
Catapulted into a very different London ruled by dark mythology, mystery and murder, Maddy makes a few startling discoveries. Paranormal creatures exist. Getting shot really sucks. And her body responds remarkably well to dragon magic—in more ways than simple wound healing.
But in this kill-or-be-killed world, reality bites. And Maddy must choose to go back to what she knows…or stay and fight for the man she knows she can’t live without.
Warning: This book contains a shape-shifting dragon with a Scottish accent, modern and archaic weapons, global inter-species politics that make democracy seem mild, some very steamy sex underground, a severed head, murder, and…oh yeah…a woman caught in the middle of it all.
This book had me at, "...I heard the stones breathe, 'Adael i ddechrau. Let it begin."
Legacy: The Niteclif Evoltions, Book 1 is, to sum it up in one word Awesome! It's the kind of book that's usually devoured in one sitting, because you just can't put it down. If you do have to reluctantly step away from it, the story stays in your head, circling through your mind, making you feel as if you've left the characters' lives suspended in time until you can pick the book up again.
In Legacy, this first-time author weaves a fabulous fable with the best of them, lightly seasoning the tale with delicate foreshadowing, then blending a magical, supernatural world seamlessly into reality.
I love Celtic-based fantasy, and this book has it all, from an extremely original storyline (I've never read anything like it) to sexy Fairies and an even sexier dragon-shifter. Through this talented author's gift for description, the characters and locations were both vivid and realistic, with Madeleine's grief at the loss of her parents almost bringing me to tears.
Needless to say, I enjoyed this book immensely, would highly recommend it to anyone who loves to read original fantasy, and I have to give this book a Five Swan Rating!
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