I read Sacred Legacy by Kat Flannery a little while ago. What drew me to it, of course, was the Native American tie-in as well as the mention of Jamestown. Those two history terms pretty much will make me pick up a book, even if it is indicated with romance, which I rarely read and am fairly judgmental of in terms of genre. One of my favorite types of books are any with a Native American theme, or that take place on the western frontier or in early colonial days. I hoped it would be a good read and attempted to dive in without knowing what I might find.
What I found was that I was immersed from the start! Flannery starts the book off perfectly and at good pace with just enough mystery to tease me. A young girl in 1890 finds a treasure box…with a lady’s diary. I LOVE when that happens! As chapter one begins, it’s set in Jamestown, 1740. Perfect. It’s usually extremely hard to pull me in with the first one or two chapters, but this book had me hooked.
We meet Tsura, who has ancient powers which are gently related in the novel. It is more a spiritual native gift (just to explain how much paranormal this book is in comparison to others) and due to these gifts, a gypsy clan pursues her which is the main action plot that propels the story. Oh, and pretty much all I have to say is the word talisman, right??! Interested now? I really liked her ingenuity and originality with this plot line.
However, the real depth of the novel is the emotions of the characters and the growth and healing she has them go through. The characters being fully dimensional, and the amazing historical detail and excellently-formed sentences, give this book a very firm foundation in which to be able to pace the drama and action so it doesn’t feel at all surface or thin.
The romance is more of a way to create tension throughout the book. This led to me as a reader to feel great emotion at times for Red Wolf, who loves her but feels he needs to stay away from her. He’s a protector for her, but she’s hurt, headstrong, and can’t come to grips with her hurting heart. His care for her, even when they are apart, is so endearing to read. As a reader, I pained for Tsura about her angst and anger and pined for her to find redemption for herself from her struggles. He’s gentle and kind, but loyal and she’s fierce, independent, and determined and I like those qualities in men and women. That’s the best thing an author can do is make you feel for the character and keep you turning the pages.This romance is clean as it’s the type that leaves you with a lot of anticipation.
This is book three but you can read Sacred Legacy without reading the other two, but I am sure you’ll want to go back and read those too, or maybe start and read all three. She’s a gifted writer.
For a night in with a glass of wine, when you want to be absorbed in a dramatic read with a lovely setting that builds it’s story with a fast-paced plot and holds you on with complex and connective characters, this book is for you. I look forward to reading more from Kat!
Sacred Legacy by Kat Flannery
Publication Date: July 31, 2016
eBook & Paperback; 202 Pages
Series: The Branded Trilogy, Book 3
“Tsura is a Chuvani, and with that comes great power…
Desperate to escape the memories that haunt her, Tsura Harris returns to Jamestown, the very place her mother forbade her to go. A gifted Chuvani, Tsura has sworn off all magick, thus making her vulnerable to the Renoldi clan, who wish to kill her and take the pendant that is the key to her power.
Red Wolf is hell-bent on living his life on the sea, until he runs into Tsura on the docks. His pride wounded from her rejection years before, he hoped to never see her again. But when the evil Corsair, Romulus Black, demands to know where she is, Red Wolf must protect her, as is his duty.
But is duty and honor his only reason, or does Red Wolf still carry a flame of love in his heart? And will Tsura finally discover her destiny?
“One of the few stories that captured me from beginning to end.” —USA Today bestselling author, Rosanne Bittner
About the Author
Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. When not researching for her next book, Kat can be found running her three sons to hockey and lacrosse. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing. A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. She’s been published in numerous periodicals. Her debut novel CHASING CLOVERS has been on Amazon’s Bestsellers list many times and was #62 over all their titles. LAKOTA HONOR and BLOOD CURSE (Branded Trilogy) are Kat’s two award-winning novels and HAZARDOUS UNIONS is Kat’s first novella. Kat is currently hard at work on her next book.
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