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A long time in coming
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2019
This is the book that fans of Tenzin and Ben have been waiting for, and it changes everything. It is the sixth book and the third full length novel in the series. The Elemental Legacy series started with Shadows and Gold, although both Ben and Tenzin have appeared as supporting characters in the Elemental Mysteries (and Elemental World) series from early on. In a way it is a (reverse) age-gap story, because when Tenzin and Ben meet, he is still a teenager and Tenzin is his adoptive father’s fascinating vampire assassin friend, millennia old, but forever frozen in the body of a young woman.
Tenzin then becomes sort of a mentor for Ben, helping him to learn how to fight and how to hold his own against vampires. Later on they also become roommates, sharing an apartment in New York. They are also business partners, specializing in the finding and recovery of ancient treasures and (in-)famous artifacts, mostly for vampire clients. So, each of the preceding novellas and novels is centered around one specific treasure hunt, where Tenzin often gets Ben into dicey situations. Even though they didn’t have a romantic relationship as such, there has always been something there, as evidenced by their sizzling dance in Venice or Tenzin’s predilection of invading his privacy and watch him sleep. So, even if Ben has always been adamant that he doesn’t want to be turned, it at times appeared that Tenzin has been grooming him, not only by teaching him how to fight, but also how to navigate vampire politics.
That is where we stand at the beginning of this installment. Although Tenzin has been taking a time-out from her relationship with Ben after their rather intense encounter during their Puerto Rican adventure, it starts out along the same lines as previous books: Tenzin trying to get Ben to help her in another treasure hunt, only this time around the client is her vampire sire. Though Ben is reluctant at first, he has never been able to resist an exciting adventure as this one is promising to be. What I feel has mostly changed over the last few installments, is the tone as their relationship keeps changing and they become more aware of each other in a romantic sense. The first few books were entertaining, funny and mostly light-hearted, but recently the tone has become more ominous and the intensity has been ratcheted up. So, what starts out as an involved, but otherwise straight-forward under-water archeological dig and recovery soon turns complicated when vampire politics intrude on it as there are other parties interested in the treasure. Unfortunately Ben gets in the cross-hairs of those opposing factions and subsequent events change his and Tenzin’s relationships forever in ways that will blow your mind… if you want to find out how, grab the book and prepare reading it in one sitting, as you will not be able to put it down!