Copper Veinsby Jennifer Allis Provost
Series: Copper Legacy #3
Published on July 26, 2016 by Spence City
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Publisher (via NetGalley)
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Sara’s pretty sure her life is perfect.
Not only are she and Micah finally married, her father, who’d been missing since the Magic Wars, has been found. Actually, he just strode up to the manor’s front door, but whatever. Sara knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth.
But Baudoin Corbeau isn’t content to return to family life. He’s decided that he will be the force of change in the Mundane world, and lead the Elemental resistance to victory with his children at his side. What’s worse, Baudoin doesn’t approve of Sara’s marriage, and makes every attempt to separate her from Micah.
After a visit to the Mundane realm leaves Sara, Max and Sadie imprisoned by the Peacekeepers, Sara’s doubts creep to the surface. Is her father right? Does she belong in the Mundane realm, not the Otherworld? Is Micah really the right man--make that elf--for her?
Was marrying him a mistake?
Finally! This is the book I was looking for when I read the first two in the series, Copper Girl and Copper Ravens. The backstory that became so prevalent in the last book was conveniently left in a prologue that could be skimmed for anyone who has read these books back to back and doesn’t need the refresher. Also, I totally didn’t realize that this wasn’t the last book until the end so there’s that bit and now I need to read the next installment. There’s too much of a story left to just stop at Copper Veins but we’ll all have to wait until next year to see what happens next.
It’s odd. I felt like I was reading a completely different series when I picked this book up. Not because of the content, but the writing. Everything was cleaner, more intriguing, lots of action — showing, not telling — that the first two books lacked. I finally felt like I was connecting with Sara who, as a character, I haven’t really liked (nor disliked) so far. I’m still not a fan of the romance in the way it’s written but if you ignore the fact that not even Sara knew how Micah and her really met at the beginning and they were married within a handful of months, the rest works.
I know, it’s a lot to “ignore.”
So we pick up right where Copper Ravens left off and the sudden appearance of Sara’s father. Well, that’s great, glad you’re having a family reunion, but doesn’t anyone question how weird it is that he’s suddenly there? Anyone? Micah does! Yay Micah! (This is a huge step for me because I really didn’t like him up until now, but so far he’s the only one with enough sense to second-guess things instead of trusting wholeheartedly.) The story holds up and keep you reading at a comfortable pace with enough twists and turns to ensure you can’t put it down. Again, a huge contrast to previous books.
I liked that the romance didn’t take the forefront. Yes, you have a pair of newlyweds eager to get it on (considering it takes the whole book, I can understand that to a degree) but that became overshadowed by the politics of the world, the tension between the Elementals and Mundanes. Both worlds are nearing conflict and Sara is in the middle with her family, torn between the two and which she should support. This provided some much-needed depth to her character as well as the world without flat-out telling the reader what was happening.
As I neared the end of Copper Veins, I was a bit turned off when the author decided to introduce a whole new subplot right before the story finished. Though it adds to the tension from the cliffhanger in the main story, it came off as a rushed addition that could’ve waited until the next book. Even in series installments I like to see some closure to the particular events of that book, though the series may have a continuing story overall.
This book improved significantly compared to the first two and I’d go as far as saying it redeemed the Copper Legacy books in my eyes. With the first two on my shelves, I find myself in need of the third…