Night’s Reckoning by Elizabeth Hunter @EHunterWrites @jennbeachpa @jennw23

Posted December 3, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 15 Comments

Night's Reckoning by Elizabeth Hunter

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Night’s Reckoning by Elizabeth Hunter @EHunterWrites @jennbeachpa @jennw23Night's Reckoning by Elizabeth Hunter
Series: Elemental Legacy #3
Published by Self-Published on November 26, 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 369
Format: eARC
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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.”




About Elizabeth Hunter

Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy and romance author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher.

She currently lives in Central California with her husband, son, very ineffective canine assistants, and a pitifully empty fish tank.

ELIZABETH HUNTER is a ten-time USA Today and international best-selling author of romance, contemporary fantasy, and paranormal mystery. Based in both Central California and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, she travels extensively to write fantasy fiction exploring world mythologies, history, and the universal bonds of love, friendship, and family.

She has published over forty works of fiction and sold over a million books worldwide. She is the author of the Glimmer Lake series, Love Stories on 7th and Main, the Elemental Legacy series, the Irin Chronicles, the Cambio Springs Mysteries, and other works of fiction.

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Posted December 3, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 15 Comments

15 responses to “Night’s Reckoning by Elizabeth Hunter

  1. Jen

    I’ve heard such good things about this author. I really need to try her – maybe she’ll start a new series! haha.

    • The Elemental Mysteries and definitely this Elemental Legacy series are all about treasure hunts of one sort or another. Elemental Mysteries is more about tracking down priceless BOOKS. Legacy is finding actual treasure – jewels, gold, a priceless sword. The books are in diverse settings in Europe, Asia, and Africa. I highly recommend every book by this author.

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    • I highly recommend them all. As I tried to explain in the start of my review, there is the original series, the spinoff world and now this spin-off series. If you’ve read Jeanine Frost, Elemental Mysteries would be B and Gio (Cat/Bones) original, then Elemental World would be like the books about Spade and some others. Elemental Legacy would be like the separate series on Vlad or Mencheres or now Ian. But she has 2 other paranormal series Irin Chronicles and Cambio Springs. She has contemporary romance also.

      She does such a great job with characters. Her books have a very realistic feel to them with diversity, Interesting and diverse locations, and believable emotions. Anyway, I hope you do read some of them; they are so good.


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