Lethal Inheritance by Tahlia Newland #Review
Posted by brriske
A scream pierces the night. Ariel jolts awake and watches in horror as demons drag her mother into a hidden realm. She finds help and sets off on a rescue mission. But to defeat the demons, who feed on fear and seek to enslave the human race, she must learn a secret esoteric wisdom to awaken the dormant, but potentially explosive, power of her mind.
Walnut, a quirky old wise man, guides her through treacherous inner and outer landscapes, and Nick, the powerful Warrior who travels with them, proves a dangerous attraction. Can Ariel defeat the sadistic demon lord before he kills her and enslaves her mother?
The stakes are high, death a real possibility. Fail now, and she fails humanity.
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It is extremely difficult to find a new take on the quest archetype that is so prevalent in the fantasy genre. There are authors that try and end up failing miserably and then there are authors like Tahlia Newland who do not try to do something new with the quest archetype, but rather color inside the lines and end up with the most glorious of paintings. In this book, we meet Ariel, whose mother is kidnapped by demons. Ariel finds out, as all young people on a holy quest do, that she is destined for greatness because of who her father (tragically, dead) was. There are so many quest stereotypes that the novel could have easily become a parody of the genre. Instead, through tight storytelling, excellent character development, and an internally-consistent world, Tahlia Newland has delivered an enjoyable book that is well worth the time investment. While the book ends on a semi-cliffhanger, it is still stand alone. And, unlike some other books I’ve read with cliffhanger endings, this one hooked me enough that I would willingly read the next book in the series, just to find out what happens next in the world. This is a young adult/new adult book in which the steamiest scenes involve Ariel ogling Nick’s washboard abs so I feel comfortable recommending it to readers 14+.