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Review: Ruins & Revenge by Lisa Shearin

Ruins and RevengeTitle: Ruins & Revenge

Author: Lisa Shearin

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Raine Benares World (Book #9)

Publication Date: May 1, 2017

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 1620512661 (NLA Digital LLC)

ISBN-13: 978-1620512661 (NLA Digital LLC)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


An ancient power.

Beneath a mountain on an uninhabited continent is said to be a fabled city, a city occupied by an ancient goblin civilization founded for only one reason—to protect and defend the Heart of Nidaar, an artifact that can harness the forces of nature as a weapon.

An elite team of combat mages.

Chief mage and goblin duke Tamnais Nathrach must help the guardians keep the legendary power out of the hands of a malevolent goblin brotherhood and their otherworldly allies, whatever the cost. Together with his hand-picked team—which includes elf pirate (and team demolitions expert) Phaelan Benares—Tam descends into a vast subterranean world both wondrous and terrifying, a world laid with deadly traps and filled with apex predators from another age.

The countdown to the end of the world.

Some secrets are meant to stay buried. When the Heart of Nidaar is accidentally awakened, and aimed at the west coast of the Seven Kingdoms, Tam and his team are in a race against time to prevent the deaths of millions. To succeed, they must confront their deepest fears, unmask their darkest secrets, and reveal their shameful pasts, testing the bonds of friendship and beyond. To fail means death for them all—and the end of all life in the Seven Kingdoms.

Quick & Dirty: In a race against time Tam and his team have to get to the Heartstone and save the world.

Opening Sentence: I knew that saving the world wasn’t going to be easy, but I would have appreciated fewer personnel issues.

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The Review:

Tam has selected his team and they have finally made it to the lost continent and are beginning their journey into the mountain. He just has to make sure his team knows that Phaelan is needed in order to complete the mission. As they get closer to the mountain and must go down underneath it, they discover the bodies of their enemies and they know that time is running out. The closer they get the more Tam begins to dream of the goblin Queen. She is warning them not to come closer.

Once they are inside they must get through traps and whatever has been eating their enemies. The Heartstone is guiding them and drawing them in, but what powers does it hold and will they be able to destroy it. When Tam shakes Agata out of dream state, he realizes that the Heartstone has bonded them, in a way that the goblins recognize as deeper than marriage. Tam has not informed his team of his visions.

When they realize that someone or someones are following them, Tam knows that time has run out. Will they be able to reach the Heartstone before the confrontation with their enemies? Will the Chi Nidaan accept their help? Will Tam and his team be able to save the Seven Kingdoms?

I have not read any of the Raine Benares books, so I started with Treasure & Treason in order to sort of understand this world. I am not sure that it fully helped, but I did recognize a name from the SPI series and that helped me connect to these characters. I was worried that my confusion would carry over to these books, but with the focus and some back stories told in this one, I really didn’t feel so lost. That being said, after reading those two I am glad I added the Raine Benares books to my list because I love Tam. I want to go back and read more about him.

I loved his interactions, and the storyline and I loved how connected her series are. In SPI they are on Earth, but here they are in the other world mentioned in those books and I love discovering this world. I think it is safe to say at this point that Lisa Shearin is becoming a must read for me.  Her books are full of action, romance, fantasy and just about everything I love. Plus, I love her goblins, like words cannot describe how much I love her goblins. Gone are evil little creatures, or ugly little creatures. Her goblins are just as beautiful as the elves, and it is amazing!

Notable Scene:

A null and thief such as Phaelan Benares. In addition, the Khrynsani would be looking and listening for goblins. Not listening with their ears, but with their magical senses. An elf registered differently than a goblin; an elf null would register as background noise, if at all.

Raine Benares World:

1. Magic Lost, Trouble Found

2. Armed & Magical

3. The Trouble with Demons

4. Bewitched & Betrayed

5. Con & Conjure

6. All Spell Breaks Loose

7. Wedding Bells, Magic Spells

8. Treasure & Treason

9. Ruins & Revenge


FTC Advisory: NLA Digital LLC provided me with a copy of Ruins & Revenge. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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2 Responses to “Review: Ruins & Revenge by Lisa Shearin

  1. Penny OlsonNo Gravatar

    Thanks for the review. I think I’ll really like this series.

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  2. RoxanneNo Gravatar
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    You’re welcome! I am starting the series from the beginning now!

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