Thursday, December 6, 2012

Lethal Inheritance by Tahlia Newland

If last night was real, Ariel should be dead. She’s not, but her mother has disappeared, there are bruises on her neck and the hideous beast in the photo looks frighteningly familiar.

You can’t send police into a tunnel that doesn’t exist after a villain they can’t see, so when shadow demons kidnap her mother, Ariel has to mount the rescue mission herself. Hot on the trail, she enters a hidden layer of reality only to find that the demons are hunting her, and they feed on fear. Ariel must defeat them before they kill her and enslave her mother. But how do you kill terrifying demons when your fear makes them stronger?

A quirky old guide teaches her how to locate and unleash her inner power, and while battling hallucinogenic mist, treacherous terrain, murderous earth spirits and self-doubt, she falls in love with Nick, a Warrior whose power is more than either of them can handle.

Ariel’s journey challenges her perception, tests her awareness and takes her deep into her heart and mind to confront, and ultimately transcend, her fear and anger.
This is an action-filled novel that will keep your attention from beginning to end.

There is a wonderful blend of the magical and the everyday in this book. That’s what really captured my eye from the beginning. There are lots of basic fantasy elements, but there’s also a grittiness that makes it stand apart from only being labeled “fantasy.”

The characters were fun. Ariel, the protagonist, goes through a journey in more ways than one in this book. She truly evolves as a character as the novel progresses, which always makes for good reading. I would have liked a bit more descriptions on other characters, though. I would have enjoyed to have gotten to know some of the other ones as well as I got to know Ariel.

This book will appeal to teens and adults alike. It is packed with fun moments, with action, and with even some scary scenes to keep those of you who are like me, and like a bit of adrenaline pumping while we read. I do recommend this one.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review Valentina. I'm pleased you enjoyed it.