Laurie: Urban Fantasy Review
on July 20, 2012 :
Originally posted on my blog: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/370022204
I got a copy of Legacy from the Read2Review program on Goodreads, so once again thanks to the author and mods for making this possible. Legacy is book three in the Thaumatology series and had I realized it was the third book in a series I probably wouldn't have signed up to review it as I haven't read the first two. My bad not the author's, there were a lot of references to things that happened in the previous books that I didn't get, not having read them. So before I can recommend this one I would actually recommend reading the first two. To be honest they sounded far more interesting than Legacy was.
I'm not going to rehash the plot because the blurb is long enough and does that just fine. The book really was just ...meh. It had a lot of potential but it ended up being kinda boring. You have a witch/wizard/ practitioner or whatever Ceri is supposed to be in a realtionship with a half-demon succubus and a werewolf. You have lots of references to sex but very little in the way of actual sex. You have the characters waking up exhausted but yeah not much in they way of a description as to how they got that way. So it wasn't much of an erotic novel or romance either for that matter.
The first half of the book read like "a day in the life of..." and I was about half way through the book before the bad guys showed up. The bad guys weren't even that threatening really, I never really got the feeling that anyone was ever in any actual danger, Lily sort of was but it really didn't feel life or death. The big climax wasn't much of a showdown it was more two parties agreeing not to annoy each other, again no real danger.
I liked the werewolf characters and I read tons of books about werewolves but I never really understood what they transformed into, whether it was wolves or some sort of movie half man half wolf creature, but I think that might have been explained in previous books that I unfortunately didn't read. I liked the characters well enough, but again I missed the backstory that was told in the previous books and other than being perpetually horny they were likable enough.
The magical physics kinda got on my nerves and I mostly skimmed over those parts, there weren't many so really no biggie. All in all it was an easy read, but for me it really lacked action.
♥ ♥ ♥ 2.5/5 Needs more action.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on Jan. 6, 2012 :
It’s very hard not to spoil much of this book, so you’ll have to forgive the vagueness of some of my thoughts about it.
One of the things that I have liked about Niall’s writing is that he’s not afraid to build suspense in his stories, but not in telling you something that is important, but showing you something that is important with some other, not so much so, things. A little misdirection in a murder-mystery, which really is the core of this book, is not a bad thing at all.
I was taken by the lengths to which Ceri would go to protect Lily. Not just in the sense of comforting her when that was needed, but also to take risks that might, possibly in the future, come to haunt them both. I did have moments in the story, especially in the first moments of it, when I wondered about Ceri’s mental state at times. It was explained well when it needed to be, but even with that, I felt like something else was going on between Ceri and Lily, and it has throughout all of the stories so far. The thing of it is, to puts a lot of tension between the two, builds on that a lot in this story, but when they have to come to a resolution on their relationship, out of need more than anything else, Ceri didn’t do the easy thing and that made me respect her as a character more.
I also found Ceri’s past coming back to haunt her in this story was well done and actually more than I expected. I felt that how Ceri dealt with the horrors inflicted on her in the second book seemed too pat. That is to say, that there didn’t seem to be any long lasting effects on her from her experience. That came to an abrupt change in this work. She suffers, and I can see the how and why of it, but when it comes, it’s not something that is brushed aside by her. It’s effects are real in that there is emotional and mental harm that Ceri suffered and she starts to be effected by that.
Lily’s past comes back to haunt her in this story, and it breaks her at one point. That was, honestly, the saddest thing to see happen. I understand why it had to, I know that in the end it serves to get Lily to a point she needs to be at, but, it wasn’t the easiest thing to read when it happened.
Lily’s father appears in this story, and I won’t say much about him save that I would have liked to know more about him, and Lily’s mom for that matter, than we do. Yes there are moments where Lily’s past through her parents is shown, but it’s fleeting and I had the oddest feeling that a lot was left out to be revealed in the next story. Lily’s father was, mostly, what I expected him to be. The story itself, and Lily herself, make him out to be quite the evil being… I expect to see him again… soon.
The threat that Ceri and Lily face is well wrapped in darkness and you don’t get a good sense of how bad it is, and who is involved until Carter, one of the main characters in all of Niall’s stories and an important person to Ceri and Lily, opens a door to them, and to the reader, on a part of the world that has been hinted at before, but never really revealed. That places another problem into Ceri’s universe she had to deal with, and considering that they threaten someone she loves, namely Lily, I was surprised at her response to them. I don’t think I would have been quite so… nice with them.
It’s good to see many of the characters in the previous stories appear again in this one. More so that their appearance means something to the story and it isn’t just a name-dropping exercise. One thing that I have learned about this series is that you should pay attention to all of the characters in it, no matter how small their roles. They will appear when you least expect them to and then their reason for being in the series makes you stop and wonder why you didn’t see that when they first appeared.
As in all of his previous works, the writing is solid, the characters are well rounded, and the plots within the work are well thought out. The science of the magic in this world remains solidly grounded in rules as well, which adds to the overall plot. There isn’t any point where a solution is offered or a threat appears, where it makes no sense with the rest of the universe that has been created before. The past is remembered by the characters and that I think is wonderful to see. It makes the story, and the series, more like “reality” and, of course, reality is what you make of it isn’t it?
At the end of the work, I was quite satisfied with the resolution of the plot, at least the main one, which resolved several ongoing themes in the series. I could see a few dangling plot lines that will lead, I am sure, into the next book in the series, which I am fine with as well. I still have a lot of questions about Succubi in general in this world, but then there are other beings, like Twill, the fairy of the series, which we know little about. But then a good series shouldn’t give you everything you want in one moment, but sprinkle knowledge and understanding throughout.
And this series certainly does that…
The second story in the book, Black Moonlight, actually had a moment in it that brought me to tears which I think is a good indication of how much I have become invested in the characters in the series. Set during the events of this book, it gives us a look into part of the werewolf Michael’s life, as fleeting as it is. That’s not a bad thing as what we do see answers a lot of questions about this character and, at least for me, makes me wonder about his and Ceri’s ongoing relationship in the third book.
Niall has written some other short stories set in this universe that he has published elsewhere in the web. I can’t quite decide which of these I like the best, but I hope that, eventually, they appear as their own book because they add a lot to the entire series and I think that they haven’t been seen by a lot of his readers…
I’m giving this work, like the first two in the series, five pitchforks out of five.
Some answers given, some hints of what is to come appear. All wrapped in excellent writing, characters and stories that are the mark of a talented author that cares about their works…
And I have no doubt that the next book in the series, Dragon’s Blood will add so much more to this universe. I can’t wait to see what happens next…
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)