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Future history, vampires, family drama and more

  • Oct 10, 2012
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With a pleasing mix of police procedural, future history, family drama, paranormal mystique, erotic romance, space opera and more, combined with hints of social commentary, great characters and thought-provoking ideas, Mike Arsuaga’s The Tenth Legion has something for everyone. Not only that but it’s well written and smoothly plotted so readers seeking only part of its content can follow the story while skipping the extra details. For myself, I’m hooked on the author’s Subspecies series for its well-imagined look at how the world might approach a new race arising among human beings, and how wars, financial crises and pollution might affect life in the coming years.
The Tenth Legion takes place at the beginning of the twenty-second century. Werewolf cop Lorna Winters wishes she hadn’t had to transform to keep a junkie prisoner from escaping in the squad room. After all, now she has to transform back, and her clothes are shredded. A nice sense of humor and a generous touch of humanity keep the story light and bind the many parts of this tale together. Long-lived vampires and werewolves have short-lived children with hybrid genes, and the traumatic effect on family relationships is very plausibly explored. Meanwhile a prophetess in the distant past is watching the dangers of an aging world, giving rise to another intriguing plotline and a world where no good deed will ever go unpunished.
The author’s nice blend of faith and mystery bends further in this tale, with ancient mystics standing in for angels while disaster looms. Thought-provoking, intriguing, exciting and pleasingly complex, The Tenth Legion builds on the first three books of the series but stands alone efficiently and well, promising a sequel in a pleasingly complete and hopeful ending. I’ll be looking out for more.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
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