DEADLY DANCE, by Eliza Tilton
Genre(s): young-adult high/ epic fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: December 10, 2015
Cover Artist: Eugene Teplitsky
Talk of war has reached Lakewood and Derrick is busy day and night crafting weapons and armor for his father, which keeps him from thinking of Jeslyn and how she left. When Lucy shows up at his shop, smirking, and talking about Jeslyn’s mysterious disappearance, he’s ready to slice off her head; instead, he decides to see if her claims about Jeslyn and Lucino vanishing together are true.
As Derrick and Lucy embark on a hunt to find Jeslyn and Lucino, their hatred will turn into mutual acceptance as the trail will lead them into Nomad’s land and straight into war.
DEADLY DANCE is a novelette that takes place between Book 2 & Book 3 of The Daath Chronicles.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
Having read the previous two books in this series, I was really excited to have the chance to read the novella set after book two.
I found it very hard to dislike Lucy in this book, even though I really didn’t like her in the other two books. While I would have liked to see more of some of the other characters, like Jeslyn and Lucino, I did enjoy seeing Derrick and Lucy interacting with each other.
It was good to see how Derrick had made himself immune to magic, but that it didn’t work with all types of magic. Seeing Lucy and Derrick working together was interesting, but I would have liked some more details about why Lucy wanted to travel with him, since finding Jeslyn and her brother didn’t seem to be her main motivation.
I would have liked to see more of Lucy’s abilities, though it was good to see her fighting and making use of her voice. It was nice to see her comfortable in herself and that she had no qualms about doing what she needed to. There were some moments when there were hints of more depth to her and I would have liked to learn more about how she had lived on her home world.
It was good to see some parts of the world in this book and a bit more about the society. I would have liked to see more interactions between Lucy and Derrick, though it was good to see how Derrick’s feelings towards her had changed a little bit by the end of the novella. I did like seeing how resourceful the two of them were and how well they worked together.
I do intend to read book three in this series when it comes out. I’d like to see much more of the world… and I’d now really like to see more of Derrick and Lucy. I didn’t get to see enough of them in this book and it would be good to see them interacting with each other some more, as well as how things go with the plot on a whole. At the moment, I’m not sure who I’m rooting for. But I think it would be interesting to see more of Derrick and Lucy working together… and more of both of their history.
About The Author
Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing.
Her YA stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a hot romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull.
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About Curiosity Quills Press
Curiosity Quills Press (CQ) is a small hybrid publishing company specializing in genre fiction of the highest quality. With 150+ titles in our catalog already and approximately 6 new books coming out each month, there’s never a dull moment at CQ. We work with major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible to ensure that you, the reader, can find whatever you are looking for at your convenience.
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