Rune, Grey, the shape-shifter Beltran, and willful vampire, Verida, set out to rescue their friend and mentor, Tate, from the gladiator games. But first they must navigate the perils of Eon and its warring factions. Each of this band of four carries with them a secret that threatens to tear their group apart from within. Rune now bears the mark of the promise she made to save Grey’s life-a nixie bubble lodged in her arm that could call her away to do their bidding or spell her death.
Even as their loyalty to their cause and to one another faces its greatest test, Rune’s twin brother Ryker is forging an alliance with their mortal enemy, the powerful sorceress Zio, who has plans of her own for the Venators and Eon. Hearts will be bared, secrets unveiled, and relationships made and destroyed in this stunning new installment of the Venators series.
Thanks to The Write Reads for inviting me on this blog tour for the third instalment of the Venators series.
Legends Rise picks up straight after the action packed end of book two with Rune and Grey having to explain themselves to the Council (again). The politics between the Council members keep getting twistier and murkier the more that we learn about them.
Legends Rise sees Rune, Grey, Verida and Beltran (much to Verida’s displeasure) set off together across Eon to complete a series of tasks – some Council sanctioned and others not.
After being largely absent from book two we also got to see more of Rune’s twin brother Ryker who has found himself on the other side of Eon politics partnering with Zio the sorceress who is distinctly unpleasant – not that Ryker thinks so, in fact he seems to have found a kindred spirit in Zio.
Beltran is once again in the thick of the action and in my opinion one of the more interesting (and likeable) characters in our little crew. A lot of secrets are revealed and yet more mysteries remain. At times it felt a bit like we were treading old ground and then something unexpected would pop up and things would move on again. The last 15% of the book was gripping but it felt like a bit of a long haul to get there.
I did enjoy this third instalment from the Venators although this wasn’t my favourite of the three, for some reason I found it harder to engage with that the others.
This instalment needs a Trigger Warning for (past) child abuse for those affected by reading about that.
With thanks to The Write Reads and Devri Walls for a copy in exchange for honest review.