The League of Illusion: Legacy
Former thief Jovan Davenport is the black sheep in a family of powerful sorcerers. But when his dying father—head of the League of Illusion—reaches out for help, Jovan has no choice but to accept. He must find his missing brother Sebastian and stop the power-hungry Hawthorne family from taking control of the council. If only they’d appointed someone other than Skylar Vanguard to help him in his quest.
Skylar, a druid and accomplished tracker, has spent three years trying to forget her past, especially Jovan Davenport. Once in love, she left Jovan when she discovered his betrayal. She wants nothing to do with him or his family, but must obey the council’s will by accompanying Jovan and reporting back on his progress.
Forced to work alongside each other, neither of them expects their passion to return so quickly. But as the conspiracy deepens in a steam-powered world of dirigibles and mechanical golems, will their secrets stand in the way of their mission…and their love?
The League of Illusion: Prophecy
With his brother Sebastian missing, illusionist Rhys Davenport is running out of time and leads. He knows only that Sebastian disappeared into Stonehenge and that an incomplete map is the key to finding him. And that the missing piece is in the possession of the unnervingly attractive psychic Corina Stratton.
Corina has no intention of giving her part of the map to the haughty Rhys Davenport. In fact, she needs to steal his half so she can heal her mother’s malevolent spirit. She heads to London, only to be chased by a revengeful sorcerer right into Rhys’s arms. Although touched by Rhys’s plight, she agrees to go on his crazy quest only to get an opportunity to take what she came for.
With an airship full of fanatic elves after them, Rhys and Corina are forced into close quarters as they search for a portal. But to open it in time to find Sebastian, they must reconcile their differences and their growing feelings, or he’ll be lost to them forever…
So an eternity ago I got a review copy of League of Illusion: Legacy… and then I went off the deep end and never read or reviewed it.
Back on the 27th I found that book two, Prophecy also had an ARC on Netgalley, and requested that for a chance at redemption. Or because it was a steampunk book by Carina Press.
One or the other.
Anyways, I read both of them and here are my reviews:
First, just let me tell you that I liked it.
That being said, it felt more like a piece of a story than the whole shebang. I mean, Jovan and Skylar were lovers in the long long ago who split up under duress and are just now (seven years later) talking for the first time. They don’t really resolve some of the issues that lead to their split. And by that I mean there was one real doozy that was never revealed or spoken of again. Seriously kids, you can’t tell me something like “I never told him that blah blah went out of their way to fuck up our chances of being together” and then never discuss it again.
That’s just mean.
Still, it was an entertaining quick read of the steampunk variety with interesting characters, some quirky magic, and a good snippet of romance and a good overall “this is the arc for what is most probably a trilogy”
Again with the bomb being dropped and then everyone pretending that there isn’t a smoking crater in the ground three steps over thataway. And this one, this one was HUGE!
Okay, maybe not for everyone, but if someone had leveled those kind of allegations against the man I was considering shacking up with, I would have to say “so about that thing douchenozzle said…”
Actually, come to think of it Darin mentioned something similar in book one and no one bit then either.
The fuck people… my inquiring mind wants to know…
I really liked the way this one started. I liked that there were more supporting characters who were better fleshed out. In many ways, I enjoyed this more than Legacy.
In every way I liked this more than Legacy.
Just don’t admit that to my inner thief.
Still, you have the feel that this was more one book told from three different angles than three separate books. I can’t wait to see how this all wraps up.
3 stars. If you can get around rushed romances, questions raised without answers, and the fact that you really need book three to be out for what I suspect will be any sort of closure, this is the series for you.
Oh, and what was up with the sketch? Seriously, stop giving me details and doing nothing with it. My mind is racing with questions!