Holley Trent is a Carolina girl gone west. She writes contemporary and paranormal romances that have both humor and heat. Find Holley Trent at HolleyTrent.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter @holleytrent.
When I ordered this book I'd just emerged from a marathon read of Holley Trent's Afotoma and Norseton Wolves series, firmly convinced that I loved the author's style. She can build worlds and write characters who are immediately engaging, and produce works that are a first-rate read.
The Demigod's Legacy is described as the start of a new (albeit spinoff) series so I thought I'd enjoy it as a standalone. Wrong!!! Within the first few pages, it became clear that I needed to know the back story of several characters referred to in passing, so I knew I'd enjoy the book more if I read the Desert Guards series first. Luckily I already had that in my library, a bargain boxed set at 99p. So I started reading the Desert Guards and within the first few pages it became clear ....... a pattern was emerging. It took some doing to hunt it down but the real start to the world of The Demigod's Legacy lies within the Sons of Guilielmus series and these novels can also be found as a bargain 99p boxed set, entitled Demons Undone.
Another marathon reading session was underway and I've been immersed in a new and equally engaging world for the past week or so. The Demigod's Legacy follows on more or less immediately from the last of the Desert Guards stories and while it could be read as a standalone (there's enough explanation to make some of the character inter-relationships clear), I do feel it's much more enjoyable if read after the other books mentioned here. If you've already met Tito it's easier to understand and forgive some of his (apparently) more wimpish and indecisive moments, while December emerges as a much more strong-willed character than her earlier mentions in the other books would suggest. And then there are the other characters the reader's already met and grown to love, who make appearances throughout .......
I thoroughly enjoyed this latest episode in the lives of the cougars and their various relatives by marriage and we're obviously embarking on a lot of fun within the world of Maria. The Demigod's Legacy is highly recommended by this reader with the caveat that enjoyment will be greater if the earlier novels are read first.
And please, please, please can we have Guilielmus" story soon???
I have enjoyed this author's work in the past, but not this time round. It's a hallmark of a Trent book that the main couple don't decide to make a go of it until about 98% into the narrative, which is unsatisfying from an HEA perspective. In this case, on the way to that resolution, there was an egregious amount of repetition about Tito's foundation trauma — I started skipping after I'd read it for the third time. As a heroine, December wasn't anything special at all, and the most interesting character — their child Cruz, had little to nothing to contribute. (I had to refer back to the synopsis for the names, because that's how memorable it all was.) Liked the series to do with the fairies, for the most part, and enjoyed the Gulielmus books, but again, same complaint: allllll the telling, little showing, and a story arc that ends abruptly every, single, time.
Wonderful! While i was a little afraid that since it's a spin off series and i haven't read the main one completely i would be lost it wasn't the case at all!!!. This story can work as stand alone perfectly even if you never read any Desert Guards books , now of course it's better if you have read that series first but if it's your first attempt at this universe you will just want to discover more. Yes they are some spoilers if you start with The Demigod's Legacy but nothing you can't live with.
Tito is a sweet demigod....he isn't an alpha, he is kind of avoiding responsibilities. He isn't a coward simply too sweet and kind for the gods and goddesses scheming. Because he suffered a lot in the past he prefers suffering again and making sure his mate his safe because far from him than offering her the choice....thankfully in this universe women have a mind of their own and can take initiatives
It's one of the thing i love in this universe...the women (human or female cougar alike) are equal to their mate... they aren't little thing needed protection or crying for nothing. No they have their own role, different from their counterpart yes but essential, depending on their affinities, powers or sensitivities . They also have a choice. They can accept a mate that come with responsibilities or give up on such a strong love it's their choice it can't be imposed on them. Even better....as we learned with Glenda ( who we do see in this book) they don't need to change i always found it unfair that so often it's the woman who must change to adapt...in this universe no. Sometimes it can happen if she chooses that but it's no way an obligation...a cougar can love a human without troubles.
December is a good example of that fiery spirit....she had to leave home too soon , we do learn why so i won't spoil that, so she is independent and used to work to get what she want. Working as a waitress she met the Foye boys without knowing their nature and via one of them she met Tito so handsome that she was immediately attracted to him...one thing leading to another they got together before say male got afraid and left without any explanation. Not only it's not fair or proper but without his knowing he didn't leave her alone as she gave birth to his daughter Cruz. As a mother , December is determined to give the better to her daughter and if it means chasing down her father to make sure he acts properly she would do it without shame. And she succeeds which wasn't an easy feat as he didn't give her a lot of information to start with. Discovering the nature of her daughter and her father....learning they are in danger...that's a lot to cope with but she will do it in her own way and if it means making sure her mate remember what is right and what he wrong she won't hesitate to put her foot down. It was really funny to see her put Tito in his place firmly but also standing at his side. She is ready to fight for what is important for her no matter if the enemy is supernatural and she is only human.
Really it was a great story and i want more of that universe...i'm especially curious about the fallen angels Tarik and his friend so i hope their book will be next. If you want a good series with cougar shifter, divinities and other paranormal creatures. Action, passion and touch of humour this is a series to try for sure!