When you’re all like, “YES YES YES” but also, “NO NO NO”!
You know what I’m talking about, right?
You know how much I love my Elizabeth Hunter. And when her prolific self sends me an ARC, I am all like:
But this book is different.
Omens & Artifacts is the latest addition to the Elemental universe of books. The final novella in the Elemental legacy prequel group, this story bridges us into a new variety of novels from EH. We knew inevitably that stories featuring the dynamic duo of Tenzin and Ben would be their own brand of awesome. But this is also a departure from the vampire world we have known, so basically twice in a few months I have had to say goodbye to characters who I love dearly.
Gio and B may pop in from time-to-time, but it’s a different focus. These books, as far as I can tell, have a new focus more on this treasure-hunting duo. Yes, they are in the same world, and we do meet characters that have been connected, but we’re researching lore and legend, finding pieces of history lost to time, and enjoying the interplay and banter of #BENZIN.
These books, as far as I can tell, have a new focus more on this treasure-hunting duo. Yes, they are in the same world, and we do meet characters that have been connected, but we’re researching lore and legend, finding pieces of history lost to time, and enjoying the interplay and banter of #BENZIN.
But a part of me is sad about that. A part of me wants to stay in the safety of a library with B and Gio, and wait for Carwyn to call out, “Darling girl” in a hideous Hawaiian shirt. And though that might occasionally happen in this series, I know that those stories are a part of the myth and legend of this EH family, and the new generation of books get their time to shine.
All that being said, Ben and Tenzin have a magical connection and tension that will instantly reel you in. The comedic moments, in particular Tenzin and Cara, are pure gold, and I actually found myself laughing out loud.
While I am in love with this twosome, and cannot wait to see where things go (queue the Louis Armstrong music), I also understand that this is a whole new adventure in a whole microcosm of a universe we love. The story arc we have followed through so many books is over, and these characters are moving on in life. We have to move on with them. As we see these two settle into life as “adults” (I use that term loosely since Tenzin may never grow up 😉 ) makes us see the potential in who they are as individuals, how they improve when together, and what they could be as a couple… when that inevitably happens…
…because it BETTER happen, EH. This much sexual tension better lead up to some explosive lovemaking is ALL I am saying.
Anyway, back to the story.
So this novella takes us on an adventure seeking out the treasure of a lost age. By lining up folklore with vampire history, Ben finds what may be one of the greatest treasures of our time. He will have to survive the nights against vampires who are seeking to stop him, or beat him to it. And Tenzin will need to step in to protect what’s hers… and I don’t mean an old sword.
I love where this is going, and I liked the introduction of a new potential suitor for Tenzin (seriously!), though I don’t think Ben would agree with me.
In short, this was an interesting jaunt through history and into a new adventure. It was a nice bridge and I know that based on this novella, the full length novels will blow me away!
If you have yet to start the Elemental universe of books, you need to rectify that immediately. This is my #1 most recommended book… so start with A Hidden Fire and go from there. It’s free for Kindle so, ya know, why wouldn’t you?
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