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Defensive Magic (Lost Library) (Volume 3) Paperback – January 27, 2015
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Top Customer Reviews
Returning from Prague after Lizzie’s kidnapping and the near death of John and others, Lizzie and John are travel worn, exhausted, and barely functional. Which makes things worse as they walk into not one, but two challenges to John’s position as Alpha of the Texas Pack. Rumours had been coming hard and fast while they fought Worth in Prague, but when they arrive back in Texas, things are much worse than expected. For challenges aren’t the only problem. The saying is you aren’t paranoid if they really are out to get you. And someone – or multiple someones – is out to get John, and the Texas Pack. There are those who don’t want to 22041005move out of the middle ages when it comes to pack politics. And they are willing to do anything – even destroy the whole pack, to make sure that contemporary thought and management doesn’t bring the pack into the present day.
But it isn’t only internal. There are outside influences which are bent on destruction of the pack as well. But is it only the pack that is under attack? Or is something else happening? Are larger actions moving politics and magic, larger goals and intentions surrounding John and Lizzie? Evil magic, nasty politics, hidden agendas. And not surprisingly, things, and people, are once again not whom they appear. It’s all here, and done in Baray’s beautiful style. Fast, exciting, and eminently readable, this is a great series and well worth your reading time. You can read my reviews for Lost Library and Spirited Legacy - and of course, purchase these three books at your favorite outlet!
Book #3, continues with our friends, Lizzie & John. It is a little different from Book #1 & Book #2, as they are in Texas and not traveling to Prague. Book #3 has John & Lizzie at his home, in Pack country. It shows John as the Alpha leader, dealing with the counsel, and the members of the community. Will Lizzy fit in?
We do see Lizzy use her magic & learn how to spell cast.
The story did wind up nicely, no cliffhanger. But, I would like to see more of John & Lizzy. Perhaps book #4 will dive into Kenna & Lizzy & John again!!
Don't get me wrong, Lizzy is just as quick witted as ever, just not as often. I think it was because Defensive Magic had a different focus. It's main focus was on John's Texas Pack and the Pack politics, but there was never a dull moment as it was packed with the action that I have grown to love in this series.
We got to see some minor characters play some larger roles in Defensive Magic which was fantastic! Also, one of them I never would have guessed belonged to the magic community!
Reading Defensive Magic was also bittersweet for me. I think it was because I knew that John and Lizzy's story was coming to an end. But really it didn't. There's no cliffhanger, the story did wind up nicely - for the time being. There is so much more that can be told - that NEEDS to be told - of John and Lizzy's tale.
The forth book in the series - Witch's Diary - is Kenna and Max's story and will be coming soon. I can't wait to read their story and hopefully get some more of Lizzy and John as well!