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Night's Reckoning by Elizabeth Hunter
Series: Elemental Legacy #3
Published by Self-Published on November 26, 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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For over a thousand years, the legendary sword Laylat al Hisab—the Night’s Reckoning—has been lost in the waters of the East China Sea. Forged as a peace offering between two ancient vampires, the sword has eluded treasure hunters, human and immortal alike.
But in time, even the deep gives up its secrets.
When Tenzin’s sire hears about the eighth century shipwreck found off the coast of southern China, Zhang realizes he’ll need the help of an upstart pirate from Shanghai to retrieve it. And since that pirate has no desire to be in the middle of an ancient war, Cheng calls the only allies who might be able to help him avoid it.
Unfortunately, Tenzin is on one side of the globe and Ben is on the other.
Tenzin knows she’ll need Ben’s keen mind and political skills to complete the job. She also knows gaining Ben’s cooperation won’t be an easy task. She’ll have to drag him back into the darkness he’s been avoiding.
Whether Ben knows it or not, his fate is balanced on the edge of a thousand-year-old blade, and one stumble could break everything Tenzin has worked toward.
The Elemental Legacy series builds upon the very beginning which is Elemental Mysteries and then the Elemental World. I would classify Elemental Mysteries and Elemental Legacy as urban fantasy as they deal with one couple primarily, whereas Elemental World is more paranormal romance with a different couple or character in each book.
You could read just Elemental Legacy but being the OCD reader I am, I would start with Mysteries, then World, then Legacy. If that’s too much, you could probably just do Mysteries, the Bronze Blade, and then Legacy, or possibly just Bronze Blade and then Legacy. But I would really just read them all as they are great!
Ben and Tenzin are in the slowest burn romance EVER. I mean, seriously, they have lived together for five years but aren’t together! There is personal growth for both of them over the years and they are learning and growing their “business.”
Night’s Reckoning is what I expected but not what I expected. So without giving too many spoilers, I will try to explain and review. It’s a fascinating read where nothing happens as I would have thought.
Ben told Tenzin in Puerto Rico how he felt and she ran. They haven’t been in the same location since then, and they are not at the same place for very much time here. Ben is determined to make progress or move on in his life without Tenzin. Tenzin wants to forget they had this conversation and go on as friends.
There is however a treasure hunt which is their normal adventure. It’s in the area Tenzin is from and with her ex-lover and sire both involved, along with lots of politics. It’s a sunken ship which has been lost for hundreds of years. The diving and collecting of historical data and preserving artifacts involves water vampires and a university archaeological team. The glorious treasure is found, and eventually ends up where it belongs.
Ben and Tenzin both have emotional unease throughout the adventure. By the end, Tenzin seems calm and settled. It is hard to say what Ben is feeling. The story ends with the treasure hunt completed but the emotional issues not resolved.
Ben whistled slowly. “I don’t want to know how much it costs to run AC all year round in this heat and humidity.”
She set the tray of tea on a low table. ” That’s why I steal things, Benjamin. I have to take care of my books.”
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