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Throughout this series Lily is really growing into her own and she makes some important steps in that regard in this book as well. It's really great to see her change a bit and stand up for what she believes in. She is not compromising on some of her points, like how she wants to be both fashionable and wear adventure clothes, which was a fun touch of showing her personality. She acts so realistic and I liked how she hesitated to harm others even though they probably deserved.
On the topic of realism I was quite impressed by how the author wrote the battle scene towards the end, it all was over pretty quickly, but still you were able to follow what went on. It seemed realistic that battles with magic in this universe wouldn't drag on for long as that's basically not possible with the way magic works here.
The change in setting in this book was interesting. Instead of in the familiar setting in the US and the city and locations we already know there, the story took place in the UK in this book. It was fun seeing Lily her excitement about visiting the UK and Oxford and I thought it was interesting how she noted the differences between the two countries. Although for me it just illustrated how different the US is as the UK is a lot more similar to the Netherlands.
There is a bit of romance as a side plot line and I love seeing it develop and grow a bit in each book. The same is the case in this book and I liked were it left them at the end of this book and am curious to see it change even more in the next book. It was nice reading about both characters and how they slowly realize their feelings for the other. While the main part of the book is told from Lily's point fo view, there's an interlude in the middle from Sebastian's point of view, which is always one of my favorite parts of the books.
The reader meets some new characters and places in this book. There are some interesting new side characters, but mostly they serve to fill a bit of a role and they do play their part, but we don't get to know them as much as I would've liked. I did like the manservant in this book. I didn't really care for Yuki and her poking fun at Sir Kipling. I also didn't really care for the plot line with a certain legend being real, but it didn't diminish my enjoyment of the book. The main characters are still great to read about and we learn more about them in this book and Sir Kipling goes with them everywhere they go, so we see a lot more of the snarky cat, which was fun.
I especially liked how we learned a bit more about the Fae realm in this book. It's something the author only touched upon so far and in this book we get a nice chunk of information about the Fae. I still have a lot of questions and want to know more, but it was great to learn more about them here. I also really liked the scene where they visit the Fae realm. I loved how the realm was described, it looked so pretty in my head.
To summarize: I really enjoyed this book! It's just as good as the previous books and I liked how we get to read more about the characters I've grown fond of. The setting change was interesting too as they travel to the UK in this book. Lily develops more in this book again and I love seeing her grow into her own and finding her way. And she acts so realistically as well. The magic system is another thing that felt very realistic. Another part I really liked is how we learned more about the Fae and their realm in this book. And ofcourse seeing the romance develop was awesome too! I can't wait for the next book in this series as these books are just so fun!
Legends is no exception when you consider the legends of Uther, Arthur, Merlin and Morgan Le Fay. Or the existence of the Faye.
The next thing is this author has a confounded talent to make a man feel foolish often enough to leave you gasping like a fish on land. There is originally the silly notion that wizards are men and witches are women. In this series Ms. Sherrer literally changed the sexism in such descriptions on it's head. And with good solid cause and reason that I fully accept and agree with.
Another example is the idea that wizards zap adversaries with rays of magic and witches accomplish the same with potions or curses. Rather infantile, really, considering the very reasonable and logical approach of Ms. Sherrer in this series.
Did I just accuse a woman of reason and logic twice in succession? Wow! As I said, us men is often left gasping with our own foolishness.
As poor Sebastian already experienced as well from the very capable Lily. I also adored the gradual dawning of the love interest in this series.
The third thing I noticed is that Ms. Sherrer succeeds in each and every book to clobber the reader with a few surprises coming as if from the left field. This time it is with the very active intervention of the Faye on the storyline.
There is a fourth thing I noticed as well. These books are highly addictive, great adventure, brilliant entertainment and with a dash of quiet humour that appeals broadly.
Now, what about the burning question as regards to John Faust and his mad search for the tomb of Morgan LeFay? Does he succeed or not?
Ha, I'm not telling.
But this I will tell. This book, indeed as is the entire series, is far too exciting to summarily end here. The fact that some threads remain unresolved by the end of Legends, I regard as a promising sign there is a lot more to come in this series. I hope.. . And there I go grinning foolishly again. Enjoy!
Additionally, unlike the other books, the protagonists' quest takes them to England. Far from falling short on explaining their new surroundings and its affects on the plot, Lydia excels as describing the new environment in such a way that it enhances the story and the readers understanding of the situations they face.
The only thing I am sad about with this book is the time I will have to wait until the next duo is available for purchase.