Monday, 10 October 2011

The Niteclif Evolution #1: Legacy

If one day you find out that the supernatural world really exists, i.e., dragons, witches & wizards and the like then what would be your reaction be? Me? I would be a little skeptical at first but if given solid proof…….well no questions asked I’d be jumping with joy but let’s see how this is dealt with in Denise Tompkins’ debut novel The Niteclif Evolution #1 Legacy.

Here is the summary of the book:

When Fate makes you her bitch, accept it and adapt. Or die. The Niteclif Evolutions, Book 1. Looking back on the wish she made on Midsummer’s Eve, Maddy Niteclif should have been more specific. She only wanted to escape the shadowy nightmares that plagued her nights, not to be thrust into a completely altered reality. If a strangely familiar, sexy dragon-shifter named Bahlin, who causes a never-to-be-mentioned-again fainting spell, isn’t enough to make her question her sanity, his insistence she’s the Niteclif ought to do the job. Prophesied super-sleuth of the supernatural world—a world that desperately needs her help—isn’t a job she’s remotely qualified for no matter what her family tree says. Catapulted into a very different London ruled by dark mythology, mystery and murder, Maddy makes a few startling discoveries. Paranormal creatures exist. Getting shot really sucks. And her body responds remarkably well to dragon magic—in more ways than simple wound healing. But in this kill-or-be-killed world, reality bites. And Maddy must choose to go back to what she knows…or stay and fight for the man she knows she can’t live without. Warning: This book contains a shape-shifting dragon with a Scottish accent, modern and archaic weapons, global inter-species politics that make democracy seem mild, some very steamy sex underground, a severed head, murder, and…oh yeah…a woman caught in the middle of it all.

As I mentioned above what would you do if you came to know that the supernatural world exists parallel to our own well protagonist Maddy Niteclif’s life is about to take a dangerous u-turn. She is a mess after her parent’s death and now in a bid to start anew, she retires from the overly predictable job as a copyrighter and goes to the British Isles….somehow she feels the need to be there – a pull of sorts. But she doesn’t know that something big awaits her there.

Taken up residence Maddy has the greatest misfortune of ending up at a stone circle with a pounding headache and there she goes and makes a wish for an altered reality and….viola she gets it (simply because stone circles according to myths are sites of great power).

So now she finds out that her family, ie., the Niteclifs or every third generation of the family must serve as the highest judiciary body for the supernatural world – basically she is the personal detective of the supes.

Now at the first hour of her service she is given a case. Somebody or something is killing away the supernatural creatures and Maddy must do all she can to solve it before it goes out of hand.

Along the way she meets Bahlin Drago, a dragon (naturally); who her interest very much. Maddy knows she musn’t be distracted but Bahlin is a mystery to her and the more she tries to stay away, the more she finds herself drawn to him.

Maddy is what you would call a conventional heroine. She has a lot to stand up to. She is tough, she is sad (for her parents as they were the only ones who really understood her) and most of all she wants to belong somewhere. Her attraction to Bahlin and their conversations together are some of the best scenes of the book. (WARNING: A lot of Sexual ref here)

Legacy on the whole is a great debut novel by Miss Tompkins and the level of suspense, detection and logic applied here makes it a worthwhile read.

Genre :      Fantasy, Paranormal

Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd.

My Copy: Courtesy of author

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)


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