Verdict Anna’s (A Wolf’s Heart) steampunk series debut hits all the high notes of serial romance. Strong characters, a deepening story line, and fast action make this a page turner. Stay tuned for the story of the next Davenport brother’s romantic entanglement.Kristi Chadwick, Emily Williston Memorial Lib., Easthampton, MA(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The League of Illusion: Legacyby Vivi Anna
Former thief Jovan Davenport is the black sheep in a family of powerful sorcerers. But when his dying fatherhead of the League of Illusionreaches out for help, Jovan has no choice but to accept. He must find his missing brother Sebastian and stop the power-hungry Hawthorne family from taking control of the council. If only/p>/em>
Former thief Jovan Davenport is the black sheep in a family of powerful sorcerers. But when his dying fatherhead of the League of Illusionreaches out for help, Jovan has no choice but to accept. He must find his missing brother Sebastian and stop the power-hungry Hawthorne family from taking control of the council. If only they'd appointed someone other than Skylar Vanguard to help him in his quest.
Skylar, a druid and accomplished tracker, has spent three years trying to forget her past, especially Jovan Davenport. Once in love, she left Jovan when she discovered his betrayal. She wants nothing to do with him or his family, but must obey the council's will by accompanying Jovan and reporting back on his progress.
Forced to work alongside each other, neither of them expects their passion to return so quickly. But as the conspiracy deepens in a steam-powered world of dirigibles and mechanical golems, will their secrets stand in the way of their mission and their love?
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The crowd gathered around the young dockworker preparing to toss the dice was an eclectic mixture of London's wealthiest and poorest. Gentlemen and lords dressed in top hats and long coattails knocked elbows with scrawny porters and dirty street sweepers in the dark alley behind Black's card house.
Although a frequent guest of Black's, Jovan didn't come to play vingt-et-un or whist but to go out back and watch the dice game of hazard. A game of complete luck and one he'd consistently won at years ago. Now he just watched, an atonement of such for his sins. Of which he had plenty.
There was five poundsa whole month's wages for mostlying in the dirt and he hoped the scruffy boy would pocket it but suspected the game was rigged.
The boy squeezed the dice, then, flicking his wrist, tossed them against the brick wall. He needed a nine to win. One die rolled and settled on the four, the other rolled a little farther. Concentrating on it, Jovan saw it was heading to a six. With his right hand pressed tight against his leg, he moved his index finger ever so slightly, and under his breath he muttered, "Volvo."
The die did one extra flip and settled on the number five.
"Nicks!" a few of the grizzled men cheered. The others didn't look as happy to see the boy win.
The portly gentleman smoking a cigar on Jovan's left patted him on the back and said under his breath, "That's a bit of luck there for that boy. If I didn't know better, I'd say there's magic in the air."
Jovan smiled at the man who knew full well there was indeed magic in the air. Lord Effington was one of a very small number of people in London who knew of the existence of sorcerers and magic.
"Your brother would not approve."
"My brother would disapprove of everything. I don't think he's smiled in ten years."
As the boy reached for his money, another hand, a rather large and dirty one, slapped the top of his before he could gather his winnings. The crowd looked up into the flushed square face of a hard man named Ruddy, named so because his skin was always flushed with anger.
"You're a cheat."
The boy cowered away, too small and fearful to fight for what was rightfully his.
Jovan stepped forward. "How did this boy cheat? The dice weren't loaded, were they? They are your dice, after all."
The others in the crowd looked at Ruddy warily. He was known to call out cheaters and beat them until they confessed to the crime they may have committed or not.
"You helped him." He pointed at Jovan. "I saw your...finger move."
"My finger? Truly?" Jovan smiled at the other gamers. They all laughed. "So are you saying I moved the dice with my finger from all the way over here? Without even touching it?"
The crowd laughed again. This made Ruddy's face even redder.
"Now isn't there a rule that says that if someone calls another a cheat and his allegations are found false, that someone must pay double his initial bet?" Jovan spun around the crowd, engaging them. "Am I right?"
"Yeah, that's right," some in the crowd answered.
He turned to the big man. "So that means you owe this boy another two quid."
Instead of answering, Ruddy rushed at him with his ham-hands swinging at Jovan's face. But Jovan was smaller and quicker than the lumbering giant. In anticipation of the attack, Jovan spun his walking stick into a defensive stance. As Ruddy swung with his left, Jovan's stick found the soft vulnerable spot under his arm. Pivoting on his right foot, Jovan sprung around and whacked the thug across the back of the neck, sending him sprawling into the dirt.
Meet the Author
Vivi Anna is an award-winning, multi-published Canadian author. She's written paranormal romance, urban fantasy, scifi, and young adult under the name Tawny Stokes. Since 2003, she’s published close to 23 books for New York publishers such as Harlequin. She’s also independently published several projects on her own.
Vivi is also a screenwriter and TV writer and is one of the co-founders of #TVwriterchat.
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I read Prophecy, book two in this series first, and really enjoyed it. I also liked this book but not quite as well. The story is intriguing, the characters interesting and the plot imaginative. The story could have been rounded out more. Definitely worth a read. Heat Rating: Mild detailed scenes of intimacy, mild violence or profanity. Rating: 4.0 Reviewed By: ReadWarrior,My Book Addiction Reviews
The story has good bones but seems unfinished.
Good ideas. Not enough pages to fulfill them all. My biggest disappointment in this book, by far, was the romance. This could be, in part, due to my personal peeve of the reunited lovers storyline. I prefer to read about that first meeting and the build up of love and romance. With this book you have two characters with a painful breakup past thrown together to thwart evil by finding the lost brother. In some cases it works but I'm not sure it did here. There was so much rehashing of the past I'm surprised they fell in love again. It's hard to move towards the future when you are stuck in the past. In addition to the romance aspect, the characters fell flat for me. They were not underdeveloped just inconsistent. Jovan starts the book out with an "I'll do what I want. I'm magic Baby. That's how I roll!" attitude about his abilities but by the end (which is only a few short days) he does a total 180 and he's so smitten with Skylar he's ready to accept consequences for all of his actions over the years. In addition as much as this is Jovan and Skylar's story it was his brother who seemed to be more of a hero. The mystery aspect of the book as a whole also falls short as the entire storyline is left dangling for further exploration in future books. The bad guys sail off into the sunset and the good guys end up on trial for their past. None of which screams HEA to me. The book is really short (more of a novella) and many of these plot threads could have been fleshed out more and had more conclusions if it were longer but what action it had was good. Skylar had an interesting tracking ability (although it could have been utilized more) and Jovan's remaining brother is intriguing. I might have rated this book higher if not for the last scene in the book which was a sex scene between the bad guy and his woman. It was not romantic and frankly it left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I enjoy a good sex scene in my romances but it has to be well written and appropriate to the book and to the timing. This one did nothing to enhance the book other than to potentially meet a sex scene quota (I don't know if there is such a thing but it's the only logical conclusion I can come up with.) The scene could have been cut. It would have only helped the book in the long run. With all that said I will read more by Vivi Anna. Her writing style was pleasant to read and her ideas are good. This book just didn't do it for me. 2.5 Stars
The first book in Anna's League of Illusion series is entertaining, if a bit cliched in its execution. I really like Skylar and I wanted to know a lot more about her Druid beliefs and practices. On the other hand, I was never really clear on why Jovan was so tortured. A few really exciting scenes, a few tender scenes, and an unresolved ending that leads right into the next book. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.