It’s not easy being one of the last living dragon shifters in London.
Two years ago, when the faeries attacked the mortal realm, all supernaturals were dragged into the open. Unfortunately for dragon shifters like Ember and her sister, dragons are still hunted by humans and supernaturals alike. Keeping a low profile is difficult with monsters roaming the streets, but Ember and her band of rogue shifters have managed to survive.
Until their oldest enemy, the supernatural-hunting Orion League, emerges from the shadows and captures Ember’s sister.
To get her back, Ember is prepared to walk into the depths of London’s magical underworld, even if it means kidnapping a lethal ex-hunter who’d like nothing better than to add her name to his kill list. His inside knowledge of the League is the key to saving her sister, but with their allies turning on them, Ember must choose who to trust or meet the same end as the other dragon shifters.
Alight dumps us in the middle of some action and doesn’t stop.
Legacy of Flames is a prequel trilogy to the The Changeling Chronicles, which I have read previously and enjoyed. I didn’t even learn this series was out until long after it was completed. I was a bit worried going into this, because I didn’t know anything about it and I don’t really remember the ending to The Changeling Chronicles. Luckily, Alight sets up Legacy of Flames to be its own story. It also helps that this takes place maybe 18 years prior to the events in The Changeling Chronicles. I could tell it was the same world, though.
The main character, Ember, is about as I expected. She is an angry, impatient creature who runs from disaster to disaster. Her biggest flaw is that she is very forgiving to everyone for what they do to her and those she loves. She doesn’t completely forgive them, but she starts to feel sorry for them and such. This is very much not my favourite character type.
This translates over into her love interest. A love interest that at one point tried to kill her. A love interest where they captured and tied him up and are having him help them in order to get her sister back in order for him to get free again. Only this isn’t done particularly well. These two people hate each other which turns into dislike and distrust. There is nothing there, despite the hormones flying. The only thing going on in this romance is adrenaline.
The enemy, the Orion League is either completely new or I’ve completely forgotten about them. It is the typical group who are human and fanatics about humans only. They want to kill all nonhumans they can. The use brainwashing tactics, they gather children who have been hurt, and they create a cult.
The plot itself just feels rushed. There was never a moment of peace, though the characters did manage to sleep a few times (and it wasn’t only them passing out!) The biggest problem I had was it felt like I wasn’t being told the whole story. There were leaps where I was getting whiplash from the change in direction. Despite the entire book being about a rescue mission, there is no planning at all. Just running from disaster to disaster before all of a sudden we’re about to storm the castle and where did that come from?
In the end, I was left kind of meh about this. Things moved so fast with very little buildup that I just found myself not really getting invested in any of it.
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