Hi everyone! I am one of today’s tour stops in the Ultimate Blog Tour of Venators: Legends Rise by Devri Walls, which is hosted by the incredible Dave from The Write Reads!
So, this is the third installment in the series. This is NOT a series that you can read as a standalone, so if you have not read book one or book two, do not pass go and do not collect $200. I loved both Magic Unleashed and Promises Forged, so if you haven’t read them, definitely check them out.
Legends Rise (Venators #3)
Author: Devri Walls
Publication Date: 12 May 2020
Genre: YA – Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Brown Books Publishing
In the third installment of the Venators series, Rune, Grey, and their companions Beltran and Verida have set off together to save their mentor Tate from the gladiator games. As their group struggles to stay together under the strain of their situation, Rune’s twin brother Ryker is falling more surely into the clutches of Zio the sorceress, who has her own plots for the future of Eon, and the Venators.
The path will be forged in sweat and blood.
Rune, Grey, the shape-shifter Beltran, and willful vampire, Verida, set out to rescue their friend and mentor, Tate, from the gladiator games. But first they must navigate the perils of Eon and its warring factions. Each of this band of four carries with them a secret that threatens to tear their group apart from within. Rune now bears the mark of the promise she made to save Grey’s life-a nixie bubble lodged in her arm that could call her away to do their bidding or spell her death.
Even as their loyalty to their cause and to one another faces its greatest test, Rune’s twin brother Ryker is forging an alliance with their mortal enemy, the powerful sorceress Zio, who has plans of her own for the Venators and Eon. Hearts will be bared, secrets unveiled, and relationships made and destroyed in this stunning new installment of the Venators series.
Legends Rise picks up right where we left off after Promises Forged, and I found myself thinking that no time had really passed since prior to picking this one up. I was able to jump right back into the story with Rune and Grey. We get to see Rune and Grey work together more and lean on each other as they navigate their abilities. There’s definitely lots of tension between these two. Grey is still one of my favorite characters of the series. I’m always going back and forth on Rune since I don’t always understand some of the decisions she makes.
Unlike the previous two books, Beltran and Verida get much more page time in this story, which I been impatiently waiting for. Beltran is incredible. You still never know whether you can trust him or not, but I loved seeing the expansion of his abilities during this adventure as well as getting more of his backstory. I was particularly interested in learning more about Verida since Verida has basically been elusive up until this point. Her backstory was really fascinating, and I definitely grew to enjoy her.
I’m still not a Ryker fan. I’ll just leave it at that.
Every time I think that the world building can’t get any better, the author consistently proves me wrong. The Venator world continues to get even more complex and intricate as we learn about even more magical creatures and troubles awaiting Rune and Grey. And there is no shortage of action, adventure, surprises, and betrayal to keep the readers on their toes.
Overall, this is another great addition to the Venators story.
Thank you to Dave from The Write Reads for the tour invite and providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.