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Monday, January 3, 2011

Review: Tempest's Legacy by Nicole Peeler

Book Blurb:  Jane True has become proficient in basic magics, confident in herself and her abilities, and happily rooted in Rockabill. Her life is still divided between her supernatural brethren and her human friends and family, but it’s a division she maintains with very little trouble.

Everything changes, however, when Anyan brings Jane news that will force her to confront her dichotomized existence – supernatural females are being murdered, or have simply disappeared.

Jane and Anyan must embark on a desperate search to find out who is abducting these women, and how Jane can be protected from them. Aiding them is Jane’s former flame, Ryu. But can his stated motivations be trusted? And who are the mysterious figures dogging Jane’s and Anyan’s footsteps if not minions of Jarl?

Eventually, the trio stumble upon a secret so huge that it threatens to disrupt the tenuous traditions keeping humanity safe from the supernatural community that has, up until now, been content to lurk in the shadows.

Will they uncover the truth in time to save Jane’s friends? And just how far will Jarl go to protect his secrets?

My Thoughts:

I loved it. You need to read it. That is all.

Oh, you want more detail than that? Fine, be picky. :P

     Tempest's Legacy picks up several months after the end of book two, Tracking the Tempest. Jane is learning how to use her magic offensively. She has made friends with the other supernaturals in Rockbill and has achieved some contentment in her life. Life is going pretty well over all for Jane so naturally she gets bad news. Supernatural females are disappearing, even dying and Anyan is investigating. Jane gets involved and so does Ryu and some of his associates. Sadly, Caleb isn't around much in this story but Peeler assured me on Twitter that we'd see more of him *grin* in the next book. However, we do see more of Julian. He gets more attention in this book and also acts as a spotlight for the halflings, who play a major part in this book. The new halflings (most of them) are strong, smart, sassy women who intimidate Jane at first, but then she gets to know them. I hope we will see more of them.

     Peeler takes us deeper into the supernatural world, it's politics and culture. It's a fascinating world and we see up close how some of them live, especially the halflings. Jane, and the reader, learn more about the supernatural world. The Borderlands was a fascinating place, particularly it's relationship with the larger supernatural community.

     Jane's growth, emotionally and magically, continues in this book. That growth is something I appreciate about this series. Peeler has no qualms about changing things up and keeping the pace moving. There's no chance for anyone or anything to get stale. Despite the fast pace of the series, character development and growth are not forsaken. Since the book is told on first person, we see Jane's thoughts and to a lesser extent her feelings. We see, and feel, her frustration with the Alfar, the murders, her relationship with Ryu, and we see her growing determination to do whatever she has to in order to protect her human family and friends, and her less powerful supernatural ones too. She does what she thinks is necessary, even when it terrifies her but also listens, usually, to her friends. She can be a rush in headlong first girl but she learns and listens, and speaks up for herself.

     This book is darker, grittier, with more of an edge. This magical world is not all lightness, butterflies and tea cakes. Like ours, there's violence, corruption, politics, etc. But there's humor, love, loyalty, friendship, and of course, Jane's ever talkative libido. Still, it's clear that Peeler is moving this into a darker direction, and Jane also. I can't wait to see what happens next.

  **Note: the version I read was a galley, not a final copy and it contained numerous typos, misspellings, and half-finished sentences. Presumably, these were found and fixed before it went to print. I hope so, because they kept taking me out of the story, especially where the wrong word was clearly used, changing the meaning of the sentence.**  

Publisher:   Orbit                                                 Release date: January 1, 2011

More Info: goodreads                                          Series: #3 in The Jane True series

This book was provided by NetGalley as an eARC.


  1. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. Completely agree with your review!!

  2. Oh, wow!
    This is the third book already?
    I really need to read this series because it sounds exciting!
    Thanks for the review Bea!


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