Centaur Legacy

Rated 5.00/5 based on 19 reviews
Camille and Drake find themselves bound for the pasture of Thessaly, looking for the family heirloom that will keep them safe from the head of the Centaur Council.

They are both unaware that Camille's Centaur lineage puts their future at risk. They don't know who to trust or where to hide. Out of all other options, it's time to fight. More

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Words: 87,080
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301158058
About Nancy Straight

Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in Moncks Corner, SC with her husband and two children.

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Review by: marie claire santos on Feb. 19, 2014 :
a feel-good fantasy story about centaurs and human. A delightful read from beginning to end. Hopefully I'll be able to read the next one.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: mandy I Read Indie anderson on Feb. 11, 2014 :
On the run in search of something that up until now has only been heard of in the Greek myths told to them as children, Cami and Drake must make their way to Ireland in search of Hercules' arrow. An arrow and her Great Uncle. Hoping both will give her the protection from her grandmother she so desperately needs. What they discover on this journey is beyond anything Cami thought possible. Greek mythology is coming to life before her very eyes and it may be the only thing able to keep them both alive in the end.

Amazing. This story was simply amazing. If I had to compare this book to another one out there, it would most likely be THE LIGHTNING THIEF. I have yet to read the book but I did see the movie. And this book is like a New Adult version of that. Everything about it came to life when the history of the Centaurs was told. The story captured my attention from the very first book and has yet to release me. Quite sure I don't want it to either. These books are fascinating and I am completely happy to pitch a tent and relax within its words.

If I thought I couldn't love Drake any more than I already did, well, this one proved me wrong on so many levels. Straight was able to write a character that affected me so strongly. My feelings were amped up for him. Especially in the scenes where he was so deeply hurting for Cami and wondering if she would reject him. Ok. That is all I am saying about that. Don't want to step on toes and give stuff away. But if any of you had doubts about his love for Cami...I am here to squash those thoughts. He loves her. That is final.

I am now moving on to book 3, CENTAUR RIVALRY. I have to know what is going to happen as they make their way on this incredible journey. Hell. Is. About. To. Break. Loose. Mark my words.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Merissa Sheppard on Jan. 26, 2014 :
As you may or may not know, I have only recently been sucked into the world of the Centaurs and thoroughly enjoyed Book 1 (Blood Debt). The question for me was what if the first book was the big bang and then the rest of the series was a whimper? Trust me when I say I really shouldn't have worried. The second book is just as good as the first, if not better, as this is the book where we learn even more about the characters and they all become old friends... or as in the case of Zandra, hated enemies! I'm still trying to figure her out because surely no one can be THAT evil, can they? I guess I'll have to wait and see because as of now, she's still horrible!

As for the other characters, Daniel's still around. I'm not sure about him. I want to like him as he is Cami's best friend but he just acts like such an arse at times! Beau makes more of a show in this book so I was very happy with that - and he's still my favourite brother. One of the best things for me though is watching Cami grow. For such a caring and compassionate woman, she sure can be bad-ass when she wants or needs to be. She is exactly what Drake needs as he is still struggling to leave behind some of the Centaur values that really don't make much sense in this day and age.

Like I said, this book goes a bit deeper and you actually get to meet some of the 'myths' of Greek Lore, Harmonia and Zeus to be precise. This was simply nectar from the Gods for a history freak like me.

There is a twist in the end of this tale which you may or may not see coming. I didn't but then I happily sit back and let the book take me on a journey. Loved this book and I'm already on Book 3 (review to follow too). Absolutely fantastic and definitely recommended
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: T.E. Ridener on June 06, 2013 : (no rating)
I loved this series so much and Ms Straight was kind enough to gift me coupons to read the next two books in her series. I'm obsessed, I'll admit, but can we please just talk about Daniel Gaskins? I'm fully team Daniel. He's a great character and I found myself rooting for him more than anyone else.

You can tell that with each book, the story is getting darker. We're marching towards a battle between some of the fiercest, most beautiful creatures that have never earned enough credit in the history of novels. You will be excited, you'll be scared, and you might even cry a few times when you read this book. Nancy Straight is a genius.

I'm still a #1 fan of Drake and Camille, still hating Zandra--but I LOVE DANIEL!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Maghon Thomas on Jan. 11, 2013 :
WOW!!! Ms Nancy has blown me away again!! There is so much going on as this wonderful story continues! It's a beautiful, yet slightly darker story than book one. Poor Camille, it seems like everyone just wants something from her... And all of those "something's" are pretty much lethal to her. I mean, this is crazy the amount of hardships this poor girl has to go to. And yet, she's my hero!! She's beautiful and strong, and smart, and when most people would give up she sticks to her guns!

Lets tall plot for a moment! What a wonderful way this story is unfolding! And the action has definitely been amped up! Major high five to that :) this is a great way to take an easy story and make it into a web of complexity that you're dying to know how to untangle yourself from. There is a lovely set of characters that have you falling in love with them or seriously wanting to murder a fictional character. Each one of them has me completely invested in wanting to know how each one's life will play out!

I wanna talk about Drake for a second. In book one, Camille got a whole lot of the bad, and she has even more in this one, but man... Drake got some serious tests in this book. And with his new "self" I'm dying to know where Ms Nancy is going to take me with this one! And Beau is I think my favorite brother, at least so far. He is so much more laid back than everyone else and I'm so glad he got the ending he got! I literally did fist pumps and cheered :) it's so so cute!!! But I kinda want to majorly punch Cami's dad Will... If their rules are so hell bent on protecting the Centurides, why is it that every time Cami's in trouble, he pretty much sits on his thumbs! Grow a pair daddy!! Sorry I had to get that out :)

The writing is elegantly magnificent! This serious has touched my heart and it's all because Ms Nancy is a wonderful writer! There's so many captivating scenes, especially with all the traveling. And it's hard to write multiple POVs that make sense but it's flawless here. I'm actually liking all the differences. It gives you so much insight to the story line that you don't get with only one POV. All in all, there isn't much more to say except I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! 5 TOTALLY HOT PAWS!! I really need book 3, and hopefully I won't have to wait too long!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cat T on Dec. 15, 2012 :
So what is in this book? Centaurs, magic, romance, all the characters you know and love (or hate *coughZandracough*), new characters, gods/goddesses, an entire history of Centaurs, Centaur politics, a bit of mystery, betrayal, and so much more. I only found one editing error (maybe) and because I was so engrossed with the book, I refused to stop to write it down...whoops.

Although I didn't have any problems with it, in the last book others complained that it was confusing when the POV changed. Ms. Straight has definitely listened and has fixed that problem by clearly labeling who was narrating and even where this character was. Beyond making it clear who was talking, it really helps the reader as there are multiple locations worldwide that the characters travel to. The scope of this book has definitely grown, and that exactly what I wanted to see happen. You also get to hear the story from other perspectives this time, and minor characters from the first book become more important. I hope this trend continues as the story lines get added and the web gets more complicated because I do love the entire Strayer family. My biggest concern with this book was that all the narration sounds very similar. I would (and still) think that depending on the background of each character, their vocabulary, tone, etc would be different (this pertains mainly to Zandra).

I honestly couldn't help myself; after downloading the book I started reading it right away and finished it that night. No matter what I did to distract myself, I kept thinking of what was happening with Cami, Drake, Beau, and all the other characters. Unfortunately that means I have even longer to wait between this book and the next, yet to-be-named, 3rd book in the series. Oh well, it is definitely worth it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: sam morris on Dec. 13, 2012 :
Put it this way i think my boyfriend was ready to smash my kindle by midnight, he couldnt get any sense out of me what so ever i was that engrossed in the story.Alot developes in centaurs legacy the characters grow and u get to know them better and love them even more .I think Beau has got to be my favorite Strayer as well as Cami and you get to know him alot better in this book seeing from his perspective which i really liked.Cami's and Drake's love is put to the test and they have a few hurdles and sacrifices to get through,put it this way i was not expecting what did happen but loved the way this book unraveled.Nancy is a fantastic author and knows i love her books thanx Nancy this was a brilliant second installement to the Touched series i am looking forward to where book 3 will take us in Cami's and Drakes adventure and where there future will lead.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Courtney Robichaux on Dec. 12, 2012 :
I could not put this book down!!! I really don't think my review will do it justice but I'll try. It is an amazing sequel to Blood Debt! I'm so glad Cami finally realized her gifts and is becoming such a strong girl and Centauride. She really grew a lot in this book. She's more sure of herself and of her love for Drake. You can just feel the love between them radiating off the page. Oh and I'm very happy for Beau! I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but he's so sweet and my heart melted a little. I like that we'll get to learn a little more about each of her brothers in the next few books. I also missed Gage and Bianca but I'm glad they'll be a lot more involved in the next book, too.

This book had a ton of action and answered many of my questions from Blood Debt. I felt so many things while reading: excitement, nervousness, frustration, anger, joy, hope, and contentment. It was a mix of emotions but overall, I'm just so happy to have read this book and to know that the story will continue next year!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Beth Hoover on Dec. 12, 2012 :
Camille Benning and Drake Nash are on the run after escaping from Camile’s grandmother, Camille Benning. The only hope for them is to find the ancient arrow being held somewhere in the Thessaly pasture in Ireland. From Ireland, their hunt for the arrow and Camille’s mysterious twin takes them to South Dakota where more dangers than they can imagine are waiting for them.

Camille’s father and his family immediately jump into action to help Camille. Specifically Beau and Camille’s best friend Daniel rush to her aid. But not all is what is seems and Camille must choose who she wishes to be, if she embraces her Centaur side will she be able to save herself and Drake? Can she accept the sacrifices that will need to be made for their survival?

From the first moment I started Centaur Legacy, I was HOOKED! Thank you Nancy Straight for sending me your book for review, you sent me an incredible adventure in e-book format! Centaur Legacy made me cry, laugh and bite my nails! I was shocked to realize it was 2 AM and I was still reading! Thank you again for this awesome journey into the lives of the Centaur world.

This copy of Centaur Legacy was given to me by Nancy Straight in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: tiffany perry on Dec. 04, 2012 : (no rating)
First off Thank you Nancy straight for giving me a copy and i love your writing. Blood Debt was awesome but OMG I love Centaur Legacy. I love Cami and Drake! You will see a lot going on from different points of views which to me was very exciting cause i love different points of views. You will see some action,romance,comedy and even learn more about the history of the Centaurs. You will also learn more about Daniel which by the way the stuff he says just had me laughing. Also there are some new characters in the story as well. Don't want to give too much away so I advice you to buy it and read it you will not be disappointed at all. I'm so looking forward to reading the next one to see what happens next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Christie Rich on Dec. 02, 2012 :
Five Stars didn't attach to my review below.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Christie Rich on Dec. 02, 2012 : (no rating)
Nancy Straight has become one of my favorite authors as well as a dear friend. I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Centaur Legacy, and I was glued to the page throughout the book.

Sometimes multiple points of view are hard to follow, but Nancy has done a fantastic job of helping the reader keep track.

I just finished my second read, yes this book is that good, and I loved it even more this time.

The story begins where we left off with Blood Debt. I loved the Strayer family from the beginning and we get to see more of Beau this time around. All I have to say is Nancy knows how to write Noble. Since in this world there are more centaurides that centaurs, it's difficult for the centaurs to find a wife.

The whole idea of the centaur is romantic. It sort of reminds me of the Aurthurian legends with knights and damsels. That being said, the women in this story are not weak. They have powers that are important to the race, and each one of them is treasured.

Beau has become one of my favorite characters in this series and his story is heartwarming.

Cami and Drake are more like star-crossed lovers, not able to catch a break. They make a great couple and I loved following them through this story. Cami is strong and knows what she wants, while Drake is loyal and cares so much for her.

The twists in the story will keep you on the edge of your seat. I loved how much Cami and Drake committed to each other. Although they face insurmountable odds, they tackle the problems together.

We get to know more about the centaur legends and how the gods interact with the centaurs in the modern world. This is a must read series by an amazing author. I can't wait to read the next book, and I'm looking forward to see how Nancy is going to resolve that cliffhanger.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amanda on Dec. 01, 2012 :
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Holy smokes, I think this book was better than the first one. I have read several of Nancy Straights books and I have enjoyed each one. This one was certainly no exception.

This book takes off right where the last book left off. Drake and Cami are flying to Ireland. There was so much going on in this book and the action kept the book moving forward and kept me engaged in the story.

I really love the dynamic of Drake and Cami's relationship. I loved watching the relationship grow and blossom while at the same time seeing the insecurities of a new relationship appearing. This isn't instal-love but a love connection that is built and grows through the bonding of the two involved. The relationship is just very well done and I love seeing how Ms. Straight builds the love story.

The mythology in this book still fascinates me and the change in Drake within this book left me stunned. That is probably the best word to describe my feeling. I did miss some of the characters from the first book (Gage, Bianca, and Cami's brothers). I'm also really hoping we see more of Cameron in the next book.

Overall, this was a fabulous book and the only down side is that the next one isn't out yet. I highly recommend this to all my friends who enjoy a good fantasy series with some mythology mixed in.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amanda on Dec. 01, 2012 : (no rating)
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Holy smokes, I think this book was better than the first one. I have read several of Nancy Straights books and I have enjoyed each one. This one was certainly no exception.

This book takes off right where the last book left off. Drake and Cami are flying to Ireland. There was so much going on in this book and the action kept the book moving forward and kept me engaged in the story.

I really love the dynamic of Drake and Cami's relationship. I loved watching the relationship grow and blossom while at the same time seeing the insecurities of a new relationship appearing. This isn't instal-love but a love connection that is built and grows through the bonding of the two involved. The relationship is just very well done and I love seeing how Ms. Straight builds the love story.

The mythology in this book still fascinates me and the change in Drake within this book left me stunned. That is probably the best word to describe my feeling. I did miss some of the characters from the first book (Gage, Bianca, and Cami's brothers). I'm also really hoping we see more of Cameron in the next book.

Overall, this was a fabulous book and the only down side is that the next one isn't out yet. I highly recommend this to all my friends who enjoy a good fantasy series with some mythology mixed in.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marsha Grigsby on Nov. 26, 2012 :
When I first stumbled upon "Blood Debt" by Nancy Straight, I was enamored and in awe of the incredible world-building. So, I was anxiously awaiting the realease of the second book, "Centaur Legacy." Yet, I must be honest, I was also a little afraid. How many times have I enjoyed the first book in a series but then the subsequent books were just okay. Well, honey, let me tell you there is nothing to worry about here. "Centaur Legacy" is just as good as the first book if not better!

The story begins right where the first book ends, with our characters on a plane to Ireland. Cami and Drake are on a mission to locate he great Uncle Zethus and the arrow of Zeus. If they are to have a future together, the must find a way to defeat Cami's Grandmother Zandra. Once they arrive in Ireland, they wander the farmlands. About a week after they arrive, Uncle Zethus finds them and gives them news that the arrow is not longer in his possession. If they are to find it, they must go to North Dakota.

Meanwhile, Cami's brother Beau has made a life altering decision to leave the Centaur community and try living among humans. He refuses for allow his parents to pay a bribe to arrange for a loveless marriage to a Centauride. So, he is off to San Diego, California to visit Cami's best friend, Daniel. However, while he is there, he and Daniel, rescue a young Centauride name, Lacey from a burning car accident. Lacey is a seer and alerts Beau that he must go to North Dakota where Cami needs him.

Before Beau and Daniel can make it to North Dakota, Cami is kidnapped and Drake is left unconscious and badly injured. Daniel is furious. However, he and Beau rally the family to assist in locating Cami. Before you ask, "No, I will not tell you who kidnapped her." We get a chance to finally meet Cami's brother, Cameron and he is not what I expected. Also, the character of Lacey adds a nice new element to the story.

"Centaur Legacy" manages to interweave a whole new world and rich Centaurian culture. It is complex and full of supernatural elements. I truly enjoyed the changes Drake willingly makes for the love of Cami. Additionally, the storyline is full of action, betrayals, mystique and intrigue. Once I sat down to read it, I could not put it down. I literally read it in one sitting. I was on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what would happen next. Now, here I sit with the knowledge that I will have to wait a year for the third book. This is especially difficult since this book ended with a cliffhanger. Ms. Straight, you are simply devilish!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you are look for a series that will touch your heart and make your heart pound with excitement, the "Touched" series is the one for you. I loaned the first book to a friend of mine and she does not even like supernatural books and she immediately fell in love it! Run, do not walk and pick up this series. You will be glad you did!(less)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Marsha Grigsby on Nov. 26, 2012 :
When I first stumbled upon "Blood Debt" by Nancy Straight, I was enamored and in awe of the incredible world-building. So, I was anxiously awaiting the realease of the second book, "Centaur Legacy." Yet, I must be honest, I was also a little afraid. How many times have I enjoyed the first book in a series but then the subsequent books were just okay. Well, honey, let me tell you there is nothing to worry about here. "Centaur Legacy" is just as good as the first book if not better!

The story begins right where the first book ends, with our characters on a plane to Ireland. Cami and Drake are on a mission to locate he great Uncle Zethus and the arrow of Zeus. If they are to have a future together, the must find a way to defeat Cami's Grandmother Zandra. Once they arrive in Ireland, they wander the farmlands. About a week after they arrive, Uncle Zethus finds them and gives them news that the arrow is not longer in his possession. If they are to find it, they must go to North Dakota.

Meanwhile, Cami's brother Beau has made a life altering decision to leave the Centaur community and try living among humans. He refuses for allow his parents to pay a bribe to arrange for a loveless marriage to a Centauride. So, he is off to San Diego, California to visit Cami's best friend, Daniel. However, while he is there, he and Daniel, rescue a young Centauride name, Lacey from a burning car accident. Lacey is a seer and alerts Beau that he must go to North Dakota where Cami needs him.

Before Beau and Daniel can make it to North Dakota, Cami is kidnapped and Drake is left unconscious and badly injured. Daniel is furious. However, he and Beau rally the family to assist in locating Cami. Before you ask, "No, I will not tell you who kidnapped her." We get a chance to finally meet Cami's brother, Cameron and he is not what I expected. Also, the character of Lacey adds a nice new element to the story.

"Centaur Legacy" manages to interweave a whole new world and rich Centaurian culture. It is complex and full of supernatural elements. I truly enjoyed the changes Drake willingly makes for the love of Cami. Additionally, the storyline is full of action, betrayals, mystique and intrigue. Once I sat down to read it, I could not put it down. I literally read it in one sitting. I was on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what would happen next. Now, here I sit with the knowledge that I will have to wait a year for the third book. This is especially difficult since this book ended with a cliffhanger. Ms. Straight, you are simply devilish!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you are look for a series that will touch your heart and make your heart pound with excitement, the "Touched" series is the one for you. I loaned the first book to a friend of mine and she does not even like supernatural books and she immediately fell in love it! Run, do not walk and pick up this series. You will be glad you did!(less)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Henderson on Nov. 25, 2012 :
Awesome story by a fabulous writer! Nancy has a gift to make the reader part of the story and draws the readers feelings out as well! I had more real tears with this story that I have have had for any other! A great story depicting that true love sees no discrimination!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Charles Young on Nov. 23, 2012 :
This is another addition in a great line of books from my favorite author Nancy Straight! The story picks up right after the first book and continues the adventure of Cami and Drake as they try to find a way to protect the love they are fighting to hold on to. This story introduces new, loveable characters and has a few surprised in store! Full of romance and twists, I was swept up from the first chapter and joined in as the adventure unfolded. I'm anxious to read the next in the series and to continue on with these characters I've come to love. I can only imagine what will happen next, but I'm certain it will be another great adventure!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Susan Firtik on Nov. 23, 2012 :
( Reviewer was given the book free )

ONCE AGAIN... Nancy Straight has written a riveting page urner! This book is the main reason I hate giving reviews - only because I want to tell the WHOLE STORY and that just creates spoilers! But I have to tell EVERYONE to read this second installment to the Centaur story!

Cami and Drake cannot get a break! In book #1 they escape overseas, running from an evil presence -only to find no help from the relative in Ireland - or could the cryptic hints from this long lost relative provide what they need?

An artifact to protect them from the former evil? Long gone and hidden, yet with some of Cami's powers coming to life and help from her new family, the future seems brighter.

Oh no... not yet...around the next corner is a danger they cannot defeat...Cami's ancestry and bloodlines. And the Centaur artifact is not without it's own curse. Another roadblock - but their love is strong. Is it strong enough?

Who can they trust, now that Cami's background is out in the open? They don't know and Nancy doesn't tell us - she leaves us to figure that out! Twists and turns, mystery and love, she weaves them flawlessly!

Now I KNOW there will be a third book - Nancy left us with more than a few questions but also a lot of hope. This was a great read - I started it Thanksgiving morning and finished @2:30 a.m. - I couldn't put it down!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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