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Midnight Labyrinth by Elizabeth Hunter
Series: Elemental Legacy #4
on November 7, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Benjamin Vecchio escaped a chaotic childhood and grew to adulthood under the protection and training of one of the Elemental world's most feared vampire assassins. He's traveled the world and battled immortal enemies.
But everyone has to go home sometime.
New York means new opportunities and allies for Ben and his vampire partner, Tenzin. It also means new politics and new threats. Their antiquities business is taking off, and their client list is growing. When Ben is challenged to find a painting lost since the second world war, he jumps at the chance. This job will keep him closer to home, but it might just land him in hot water with the insular clan of earth vampires who run Manhattan.
Tenzin knew the painting would be trouble before she laid eyes on it, but she can't deny the challenge intrigues her. Human laws mean little to a vampire with a few millennia behind her, and Tenzin misses the rush of taking what isn't hers.
But nothing is more dangerous than a human with half the story, and Ben and Tenzin might end up risking their reputations and their lives before they escape the Midnight Labyrinth.
The previous offerings in the Elemental Legacy series were novellas. I liked them but I didn’t feel quite as though I knew the characters. The world was familiar, and even the characters through the related Elemental Mystery and Elemental World series. Tenzin was quite well developed and some of her history has been told. Ben has been more elusive.
Finally, in Midnight Labyrinth, we get a full length book with more insight into Ben! I love how we see his growth as he starts to choose his path in the world. His compassion and protection of others is clear. Tenzin is bizarre and wonderful as always. Oddly, for the first time I could see how the Tenzin and Ben relationship might develop further than the trusted friendship / partnership they have. And Ben starts to see it, too.
There is a wonderful plot with a mysterious art treasure with a missing piece. Ben and Tenzin work in their usual methods to research the history. There are layers in the story with Ben meeting a new woman who enchants him (I didn’t like her) and also runs into his old high school girlfriend. Each of these women has something going on which all impacts the overall tale told.
A solid entry to the series just makes me want more! The novellas are short so I would definitely read them in order, as well as starting with the other series because they are excellent. Midnight Labyrinth is what I have wanted and it has everything I needed to make me think and feel!
“And if you wear clothes that are more modern – things that would blend in at a gala like this – you’d be beautiful, but not particularly noticeable. Do you know what I mean?”
Tenzin nodded slowly. “You’re talking about field-appropriate camouflage.”
Read Chapter One Here – http://bit.ly/2j2nNmb
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