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Posted April 26, 2014
First things first¿The cover totally represents the characters a
First things first…The cover totally represents the characters and a scene in a book. It’s so nice to have a cover that actually depicts the characters right down to what they wear and the color of their hair.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
With the close of The Chosen, The Legend Chronicles, is a wrap. From the first page to the last, there was action, suspense and romance. I do have to say that I’m glad it is complete.
I liked The Chosen. The story as a whole finished the trilogy nicely. Closure is very good. There were some issues for me, but they were likely personal. I am just not sure of the whole steampunk genre. It doesn’t do anything for me. I thought it would, but nope - nadda.
This story takes us on the journey of the final brother, Remington. He is the middle son. He is studious and a thinker. He is also on the fence about fighting the Darkin. He has found a nice balance between his law practice and his occasional hunting. He is teamed up with an old flame of his younger brother, Colt. Their first encounter is of him posing as her lawyer to get her out of jail. From then on, the action is pretty much nonstop.
China is hell in pants and boots. She has held a torch for the youngest Jackson son for a very long time. Yet, he abandoned her to rot in a jail cell. She begins to question her choices in life from the very moment she meets Remington. Torn between two worlds, she is uncertain who to trust and what truths to tell. She has her own personal journey; one that will take her to hell and back again.
The three stories ran concurrent to each other; for that alone, I would recommend reading the trilogy all at once. Yes, you will have areas that will be repeated from a separate point of view, but I think I would have appreciated the adventure more than I did. I would have had “aha” moments that would have clarified the scene, rather than, dang that seems a bit familiar, and it bugs me.
During the final chapters of The Chosen, the brothers (The Chosen) are reunited to take on the final evil. Can they fulfill the prophesy and save the world? You know what you will have to do to find out. One thing I really enjoyed about the book was that Ms. Meyers does a fine job writing in real life events and it really shows she did her research. At the end, she states the events and how they related to the book.
I also appreciated that she included a short story about a fun character in the book. While I was excited about the short, it fell short for me. We know the ultimate ending, so the huge gap from the ending of the short to the actual outcome of events was missing. It was the main reason I was excited to read it; to find out how the end really happened. Opportunity lost in my opinion.
So all in all, The Legend Chronicles was a decent series. I think fans of steampunk will appreciate the stories more than I did and I would happily recommend them to them.
Posted January 8, 2014
Posted May 30, 2013
Excellent conclusion! 4.5/5.0 Remington Jackson is a part-time
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Remington Jackson is a part-time attorney in Tombstone and a part-time Hunter of Darkin. Oh, and he might also be part of a prophecy about The Chosen, three brothers who reunite the Book of Legend to close the Gates of Nyx thus defeating the archdemon lord, Rathe from propping the gates wide open allowing the hordes of Darkin to escape Hell and overrun Earth and eliminating mankind. All his life Remington thought the idea of The Chosen was a bunch of hogwash. Until signs started piling up and they were all pointing towards him and his brothers, Winchester and Colt, as being The Chosen. Now, it’s a race against time to find the three sections of the book, reunite them and close the Gates of Nyx all before Rathe can get his ugly toes wedged in the door. Piece of cake, right? Right?
Each brother needs a Darkin to help get through the traps set up around each piece of the book. Remington’s partner is China McGee, a shapeshifter with a little something extra though Remington doesn’t know that yet. The attraction flares hot between them, but China has been an occasional lover of Colt and that doesn’t sit well with Remington. Unfortunately, his libido doesn’t give a flying fig about her past and wants her all for himself. Can he come to care for a Darkin? And if he can, will she trust him not only with her life, but her heart? Where’s that cake?
This is the conclusion to the trilogy and I must admit to dragging my feet in reading it. I enjoyed books 1, The Hunter and book 2 The Slayer so much I didn’t want the series to end. But I needed to get a move on, so I picked it up and savored it instead, reading a bit here and there. Yeah, I know, not much better on the feet dragging part, but we all cope the way we know how and at least I was moving forward. The story is well-written and the descriptions are wonderful without being overly long-winded. I love, love, love the characters and will miss them very much. A few of the traps and obstacles to the book were a tiny bit hokey, but that’s the only ‘bad’ thing I can say about it. Otherwise this is a great end to a wonderful series.
On the huge plus side, at the back of my paperback edition a novella regarding Marley is included called The Inventor. So not completely over yet! I can’t wait to read it!
*Book source ~ Many thanks to Kensington for providing me with a review copy. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
Posted April 18, 2013
Posted on Romancing the Books blog / Reviewed by Jen / Review Co
Posted on Romancing the Books blog / Reviewed by Jen / Review Copy from Netgalley / First off, this is the final book in the Legend Chronicles trilogy and I *highly* recommend reading the others books before picking up this one. The three books are taking place simultaneously, but in the last few chapters, this book wraps up the over-arcing plot line. So having read the other two books first, this one makes a lot more sense. But I do highly recommend this series if you’re looking to dip your toe into the steampunk genre.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
So, this over-arcing plot I talked about. Well, there are these three brothers who are Hunters. Hunters are protecting the world from paranormal creatures… demons, vampires, shifters and so on. In the first book, The Hunter, the world is set and the adventure begins. The brothers learn that they are destined to reunite this special book that has been broken into three pieces and this book will close the gate to… well, basically hell. In that first book, the reader follows Colt as he teams up with Lilly, a succubus, to find their piece of the book. In book two, The Slayer, Winchester and Alexandra (a vampire) cross the globe on their hunt. And in this tale, Remington and China brave the jungles of Central America and the deserts of the American southwest as they race against time.
I just love Ms Meyers imagination when it comes to this series. She introduces numerous machines and gadgets that are so out of place in the Old West, but works it so that it could have been possible. In this book Remington and Chine travel via a submarine and a gigantic mechanical spider. They use a variety of laser-like weapons and interesting gadgets during their adventure. I keep waiting for something even more outrageous to be introduced to see how it’ll be worked into the story.
I have mixed feelings about the characters. I neither disliked them or loved them. They’re solid characters and I liked them. But nothing really stood out about them. And their romance, while developed, really isn’t the focus of the story and therefore I didn’t feel any real investment there.
What really had me hooked was the adventure. I could picture Remington and China raced across the desert, their submarine ride, and then their journey through the jungle. But it was their trek into a trap-filled ruin that had the pages turning and me biting my nails. It was almost like reading an Indiana Jones story… fast paced and gripping.
I thoroughly enjoyed this series. I’m saddened to see the series end and can’t wait to see what Ms Meyers has up her sleeve next.
Posted March 5, 2013
Remington Hunter is an attorney by choice and a demon hunter by
Remington Hunter is an attorney by choice and a demon hunter by birth. Tired of his birth right, he is pulled back into the fray by his brother Colt. Colt needs Remi to get a “friend” out of jail. This friend happens to be a Darkin shapeshifter named China McGee.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
China McGee is offered her freedom in exchange for her assistance in a job to retrieve an ancient book. Wanting to prove her abilities to her father, China agrees. Running through the Mayan ruins and fighting for your life can break down more barriers than you can imagine. Remi and China find trust, love and true family where they least expect it, but will the devil let them keep it... Will China’s secrets pull them apart?
This was a wonderfully written story with a strong paranormal presence and a touch of steampunk. Action, adventure, mystery and a slow building romance all made The Chosen a magnificent experience. As the third book in the The Legend Chronicles, The Chosen supplied a strong closure for the brother’s task but left us wanting more.
This ARC copy of The Chosen was given to me by Kensington Publishing Corp. - Zebra in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date March 4, 2013.