{Review} Lethal Inheritance by Tahlia Newland

December 19, 2012 Reviews 3

Lethal Inheritance by Tahlia Newland

ebook300 pages
Published October 10th 2012 by Catapult Press
Age Group: YA 
Source: ecopy from author
Series: Diamond Peak #1


If last night was real, Ariel should be dead. She’s not, but her mother has disappeared, there are bruises on her neck and the hideous beast in the photo looks frighteningly familiar. You can’t send police into a tunnel that doesn’t exist after a villain they can’t see, so when shadow demons kidnap her mother, Ariel has to mount the rescue mission herself.  Hot on the trail, she enters a hidden layer of reality only to find that the demons are hunting her, and they feed on fear. Ariel must defeat them before they kill her and enslave her mother. But how do you kill terrifying demons when your fear makes them stronger?
A quirky old guide teaches her how to locate and unleash her inner power, and while battling hallucinogenic mist, treacherous terrain, murderous earth spirits and self-doubt, she falls in love with Nick, a Warrior whose power is more than either of them can handle. Ariel’s journey challenges her perception, tests her awareness and takes her deep into her heart and mind to confront, and ultimately transcend, her fear and anger.

Lethal Inheritance has some of the best writing that I have seen in a long time. Tahlia Newland makes everything and everyone come alive. It was like I was reading the book with 3D glasses on; everything was so vivid. If you like fantasy books at all, you HAVE to read Lethal Inheritance. 

You know what I found awesome, right off the bat with Lethal Inheritance? On the first page of the kindle edition I had there was a summary of the book. I know that may seem like a simple, little thing, but I think it is brilliant! You can’t just flip your kindle over to read the summary of a book, and when you read a book that you got months ago, sometimes you can’t remember the whole summary. I think more publishers and authors need to start including the summary at the start of their ebooks. 

Lethal Inheritance is such an intriguing concept. Demons that feed on fear. (and anger, and jealously, etc.) Now I don’t know about you, but if I see a huge scary demon chasing after me, the first thing I would be feeling is fear. I am so impressed with the main character, Ariel. She is so full of different emotions, which makes her quest so much harder but she didn’t give up. She has to travel up all of these insanely hard and scary paths up a mountain where it seems the whole world is out to get her. I was surprised at the immediate connection that I felt with Ariel, but I soon realized it was Tahlia’s incredible writing that sucked me in. 

And then there was Nick. He is so hard to describe. I loved him, because of his complexities and because of his flaws. He starts out as kind of an enigma, and then there is that strange energy connection that he has with Ariel. But as the story progresses, Nick opens up a little more and more and it kind of just made me like him more. I just want him to love himself. And a little more of the book from his point of view would make me a very happy girl too. 

Lethal Inheritance has it all- rich, detailed world building, insanely realistic characters, and a kick ass fantasy plot. Tahlia has a gift for writing. Her writing style is so clear and descriptive, and her pacing is impeccable. I want to read the second book right away. This series has “favorite” written all over it for me! It is not a book you want to speed through, you want to savor and enjoy every page of Lethal Inheritance. I could take or leave the cover, but don’t let that stop you from reading this awesome book!

5/5 Gavels

About Tahlia Newland:

Tahlia Newland is an author, avid reader, extremely casual high school teacher & occasional mask-maker. She writes urban fantasy for adults & young adults and likes to challenge readers to look more closely at the nature of their world, their mind and their perception. After creating and performing in Visual Theatre shows for 20 years, she’s a bone-fide expatriate of the performing arts. she lives in an Australian rainforest, is married with a teenage daughter and love cats, but she doesn’t have one because they eat native birds.

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3 Responses to “{Review} Lethal Inheritance by Tahlia Newland”

  1. kimbacaffeinate

    Wow Michelle this sounds really good. I love the sound of Ariel and Nick. I do not real a lot of fantasy, but I am so curious about this one and the authors writing style that your praise..and oh my goodness I so agree about the summary for ebooks!

  2. Howard Sherman

    You’re opening line is a powerful statement. You’re closing paragraph makes this book shine. World building has been a popular topic in the book blogosphere this week.

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