Title:The League of Illusion: Legacy
Author: Vivi Anna
Publisher: Carina Press
The League of Illusion, Legacy is a fairly typical steam punk novel set in a world of dirigibles and steam cars where magic exists unknown to the majority of the world. The story is about a sorcerer, Jovan and a Druid tracker, Skylar who are on a mission to find Jovan’s older brother, so he can take over their dying father’s place at the head of the council of magic. Skylar and Jovan were lovers once and the attraction hasn’t gone away, but past hurts must be faced and forgiven before the two can resume their relationship. That’s the gist of the romance.
Of course, every story must have an antagonist, and this one has Darin, a sorcerer who tries to stop Jovan from finding his brother so that Darin can take the seat at the head of the council for himself. Perhaps I have read too many stories like this, but Darin seemed a little too much the stereotypical evil sleaze bag. Not only does he want the seat on the council, he wants Skylar and doesn’t care whether she wants him or not. I found the interactions between Skylar, Jovan and Darin, just a little too predictable and somewhat reminiscent of other such stories. The sex scene felt unnecessary, more an addition to the story than an integral part of it, and the prose could have been better.
The story is tight, the plot solid and the pacing good, but the end comes a little too easily. Overall, it’s an entertaining enough read, but, for me, it lacked substance and originality. Carina Press churns out stories like this and I’ve read quite a few of them, so perhaps it’s not surprising that this one felt like more of the same, but others have the sparkle of inspiration behind them that this one lacks.
I received this book free from the publisher in return for an honest review
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