Monday, April 22, 2013

Review: Prophecy by Vivi Anna

Prophecy by Vivi Anna
Series: The League of Illusion, Book 2
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Steampunk Romance Prophecy Cover
ISBN: 9781426895159
Buy it here: Carina Press

Time is running out for master illusionist Rhys Davenport. He must find his missing brother, Sebastian, before the power-mad Darin Hawthorne takes over as head of the League of Illusion. The only clue Rhys has as to Sebastian’s whereabouts is half of a mystical map. The other half of the map just happens to be in the hands of Corina Stratton, a beautiful psychic who has her own reasons for wanting the map. With Hawthorne and religious fanatic elves hot on their trail, Rhys searches for a portal that could lead him to Sebastian while Corina must choose between helping the man she’s falling in love with or stealing from him the one thing that could lead him to his brother.

Prophecy is a fast-paced, entertaining romantic adventure. Rhys is the type of hero who hides a wealth of emotion beneath his mask of control and I just loved peeling back the layers of his character. Corina, in turn, is a likeable heroine — the kind of person you’d want to have for a friend, were she real. While the romance in Prophecy is understated, I adored Corina and Rhys together. That being said, love takes a backseat to the main plotline of the series: finding Sebastian. The search for a portal to locate the missing Davenport brother takes readers further into the world of the League of Illusion. To me, this is where Prophecy shines. I love the universe author Vivi Anna has created and I felt like the steampunk elements of the first book, Legacy, have been streamlined and improved upon in Prophecy.

In many ways Prophecy is a bridge book, but to her credit, Ms. Anna never makes it feel like one. The story never drags and though I did have a few minor niggles about the way the story ended — the final encounter with the story’s villain was anticlimactic and I wish the plotline involving Corina’s need for the map had been more thoroughly explored — overall I greatly enjoyed Prophecy. I’m very much looking forward to the final League of Illusion book. I’m intrigued by what Ms. Anna has shown of Sebastian and I can’t wait to see how the trilogy concludes!