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Review: Legends and Liars by Julia Knight

Title: Legends and Liars

Author: Julia Knight

Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction

Series: The Duelist Trilogy (Book #2)

Publication Date: November 10, 2015

Format: Paperback, 400 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316375012 (Orbit)

ISBN-13: 978-0316375016 (Orbit)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Legends and Liars is the second book in the Duelist’s trilogy — a fast-paced adventure from one of the most exciting new talents in fantasy.

Vocho and Kacha are brother and sister, and between them they’ve got quite a reputation. They were once know for the finest swordplay in the city of Reyes. The only problem is, ever since they were thrown out of the Duelist’s Guild for accidentally killing a man they were sworn to protect, it seems everyone wants them dead. Including a dark magician whose plans they recently thwarted…

Now Vocho and Kacha are in the midst of an uneasy truce, not sure whether to trust each other, or anyone else for that matter. What’s more, the sinister magician is rumored to have returned. Now he knows who was behind the failure of his last plan, he’s determined to put a stop to Vocho and Kacha permanently.

And this time, the flash of steel may not be enough to save them.

Quick & Dirty: The game is a foot and it will take every skill Vocho and Kacha have to stay alive this time.

Opening Sentence: Vocho threw the dice and loudly cursed himself for a fool.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Vocho and Kacha are on the run and trying to stay ahead of their various enemies. Kacha is still reeling and thinking of Petri, and when Dom brings her a letter from him she slowly starts to piece together everything. Meanwhile, Petri is doing everything he can to stay relevant and alive. Bakar seems to be completely losing it and Petri knows that this is a dangerous position for him to be in. Alicia, like every one else is trying to find and tie all the pieces together but really for her own agenda not, Sabates.

When Vocho and Kacha run into Esti, who claims to be able to help them, especially in the case of the tattoo Vocho has, they agree to help her. During the course of stealing an item for her, they find that she isn’t really all that trustworthy and was working for Sabates herself. Alicia is able to locate them and through them she hopes to locate Dom. Meanwhile, Petri has run out of luck and Bakar threw him in the dungeons to the mercy of the guild master.

Soon all the pieces are coming together, but Vocho and Kacha don’t know who to trust, everyone has there own agenda. And they will all kill to see their goals achieved. Can Vocho and Kacha finally get their proof? Will they find Petri before it’s too late? Will their trust in Dom prove to be an error?

It’s been awhile since I read the first book, but I feel like this one had more viewpoints than the first book. Still a lot going on and still interesting. Julia spins a story without getting bogged down in the details. My favorite kind of fantasy, sometimes the information dumps can be brutal and add pages of unnecessary reading. I am kind of sad at how some things turned out, and didn’t get enough Petri in this one. I am reviewing book 3, so I am excited to see how she ends this trilogy.

I still love Vocho and Kacha. This book required a lot more of them than sword skills and I think both of them really rose to the occasion. Some pretty epic fight scenes and lots of dying!

Notable Scene:

Dom left suddenly as he’d appeared, leaving Vocho confused and Kass looking at a bundle of papers as though they were snakes about to bite. Vocho hoped she threw them into the fire. Petri bloody Egimont. Vocho had hoped he could live the rest of his life without ever coming across that name again, but no here he was, even when he wasn’t. Stirring Kass up just when Vocho had thought she was mellowing.

The Duelist Trilogy:

1. Swords and Scoundrels

2. Legends and Liars

3. Warlords and Wastrels

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FTC Advisory: Orbit provided me with a copy of Legends and Liars. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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