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Lethal Inheritance (Diamond Peak Book 1) by [Newland, Tahlia]
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Lethal Inheritance (Diamond Peak Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in The Diamond Peak (4 Book Series)

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"Lethal Inheritance has some of the best writing that I have seen in a long time. If you like fantasy books at all, you HAVE to read Lethal Inheritance . . .it has it all- rich, detailed world building, insanely realistic characters, and a kick ass fantasy plot." Book Briefs Reviews.

"Fresh and engaging-rich with symbolism and great imagery! Fans of YA fantasy will find an instant winner with this book." Jill Marie, Little Hyat's Book Reviews.

"A fun read, seamlessly layered with philosophical themes adding depth to the adventure, with engaging characters and evil antagonists, a bit of humour and romance and great action sequences." Kevin Berry, author.

"Lethal Inheritance is a contemporary fantasy that rivals such young adult favorites as J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordian." Tammy Dewhurst, Rabid Readers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1541 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: S & H Teen (13 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NPL1D8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #846,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A thrilling, epic adventure – this book had so much to offer, with plenty of action and exciting twists and turns. I was thoroughly engrossed from the very first page, as Ariel set off on a life-changing journey that would see her grow from strength to strength, facing many obstacles and choices.
I enjoyed getting to know the characters and exploring the wonderful fantasy world that Newland created. In fact, I felt like I had just fallen into a new kind of wonderland and it was fascinating.
This story was a great read and will immerse younger readers in a world of magic and mysticism. But, take away all the fantasy – demons, warriors and magical elements – and you have a powerful message that everyone would do well to remember – allow your fears, cravings and anger to fester, and your inner goodness will suffer; face them, deal with them and accept them, and all the negatives will lessen until they cannot harm you any longer.
I am excited to continue on this journey of love, friendship, acceptance and self-belief.
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Ugh, I don't know why I found this book so hard to read. On paper, it should be good, it's about a young girl with a destiny trying to save her mother from a pack of hungry demons and a quest through a strange and wonderful world. Why didn't I love it?

I think my problem was this book was just too much for me. It was trying to be serious and funny and eccentric and young adult and romantic all at the same time and I just couldn't deal. Parts of the fantasy world, attached to the real world, reminded me of the Discworld seen in Terry Pratchett's books. However, I feel like Pratchett was the only person who could get away with such a mix of weird and wonderful. In this book, it felt like it was trying too hard and I just felt tired and breathless. There didn't seem to be much breathing space between obstacles. They defeated one monster, and another appeared right around the corner. I just couldn't enjoy the book, and was relieved when I finally finished it.
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In a overcrowded YA fantasy genre, Lethal Inheritance is a well constructed story with plenty of ups and downs, a clever dash of humour, and a clearly defined atmosphere. Our heroine Ariel is plunged straight into her worst nightmare when her mother is abducted by demons that literally chill her soul. And what Tahlia Newland does very effectively is to show us powerfully how any teenager must feel when faced with the choice of leaving behind a familiar world and embracing something new and challenging, not to mention dangerous.

Ariel is given plenty of opportunity to test her instincts with friends and foes - her guide is particularly well drawn, as is the attractive young man who becomes her companion while wrestling with dark demons of his own - and Ms Newland has used an interesting inversion of magical realism, infusing the magical world of Diamond Peak with elements of the real world, rather than relying simply on the more traditional approach of infusing our world with magic. The chapters in The Lures are particularly effective in that sense. She has also created a complex world at Diamond Peak with layers of good and evil that are not simply that, and the 'mythology' of that world is convincingly explained throughout as ever more threatening perils emerge for Ariel to face. The underlying theme of the power of love and goodness over the dark forces of anger and greed feels a little bit more adult than YA at times, for Ms Newland writes of it with an authority that comes more from experience and wisdom of an adult point of view, and less from a sympathetic YA fictional narrator.
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Putting on young shoes, this is definitely a 5 star. Slopping in my comfy middle-aged slippers, this is definitely a 5 star. The writing is every bit as good as any hunk of Rowling's fantasy, and if anything the plot has more originality. I have to admit to being a bit of a long-term fan of books that can mysteriously pluck me from everyday life and plunge me into the realms of fantasy. The escape into otherness, away from this all too real existence, to weird places that night's illusions so often strive to go, is done very well in "Lethal Inheritance". If we wish we can explain everything as delusion, or the stuff of nightmare, or of chemical concoction, possibly as shadows on the edge of perception, or simply consider this fantasy as metaphor for some deep, private, spirituality. I can't be bothered to dwell for long on such particulars, preferring to just get on with enjoying a very good tale told very well. Newland effortlessly draws us out of a suburban bedroom window to follow Ariel on the quest demanded by her destiny. Mental strength is the key to success, belief in one's self, the learning to live with one's fears and succeed despite them. The Serpentine, the snaking "river" of evil, may well have flowed into Australia through a gap in understanding that separates the land of "Dreamtime" from "La Serpentine" Mountain in the distant European Alps. Certainly the story, the invention, comes from a breadth of cultural mythology as wide as the physical distances between the Earth's diverse landscapes. We all have to fight the snaking terrors that pollute life, some are fantasy and some real. Newland had my attention, possibly spellbound, held down by the demons, to the very last words, and now I have a sequel nipping at my ankle like a gimp.Read more ›
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