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Urban Fantasy built on powerful characters: Scepter of Fire by L. M. Preston

You know what’s a terrible idea?

Reviewing the 2nd book in a series when you haven’t read book 1 and 1.5. You get all the recap spoilers and jump into the drama mid-story. I don’t recommend it. This is exactly what happened when I went to read “Scepter of Fire,” for today’s book tour review. So, I will be perfectly straight forward with you when I say, I haven’t read this book cover to cover … yet.

What happens when you jump in mid-story

Like I said, I don’t recommend starting at book 2 in a series, but since I did commit this dreadful book faux-pas I will share with you my initial thoughts. Even though I didn’t have book 1 of character development to spring off of I pretty quickly fell in love with the characters in this book. The leading character, Dex, has been through some trauma and yet despite being trapped in a desperate situation, continues to be determined and hopeful. His vibrant fighting spirit has you routing for him immediately.

By the time I was a third of the way into the book I had fallen in love with the characters, become massively curious about the urban fantasy wonderland of horrors L. M. Preston had built… and that’s when I put, “Scepter of Fire,” down.

I couldn’t take it anymore, the little snippets of details left of book 1 were too tantalizing. So I did what I should have done in the 1st place, bought book 1 and 1.5 and started at the beginning.

Now, even a self-proclaimed bookworm like me cannot finish 2 novels in a span of 3 days. So, I have not finished everything yet. But I am so glad to have taken the time and money to go back and start at the beginning.

@LM_Preston has built a fantastic shadow world that intersects with our own, injecting the possibility of magic and monsters right into daily life for her high school characters. #UbranFantasy

L.M. Preston has built a fantastic shadow world that intersects with our own, injecting the possibility of magic and monsters right into daily life for her high school characters. The characters, both heroic and villainous, are so much fun to see engage in the escalating horror of the world and I am enjoying the heck out of this series.

The best part? It’s an urban fantasy with diversity!

I read a lot of urban fantasy as it’s one of my favorite genres, but I have noticed that the majority of the ones I have read feature a white female protagonist. The vigilant series does not fall into that trap and it is refreshing to hear some new perspectives inside the genre.

Should you read “Scepter of Fire?”

Yes. 100% yes you should. But do yourself and your reading experience a favor, start with, “Caged Fire,” enjoy the heck out of, “Unbreakable Darkness,” and then join the ride for, “Scepter of Fire.”

If you like urban fantasy, life or death adventures, and want to read books with more diversity, this series is for you.

If you like urban fantasy, life or death adventures, and want to read books with more diversity, “The Vigilant” series by @LM_Preston is for you.

Scepter of Fire, The Vigilant, Book 2 by L. M. Preston

Dexter didn’t like being a pawn. It seems life was taking him there though. His father and he never saw eye to eye, but being captured and tortured for his father’s mistakes gave Dexter too much to think about.

First, the girl he lost, he’d never forget what they did to her. It changed him, and made him see the small city his father moved him to for what is was, a prison for magicals, the damned, and now him.

Too bad, the creator of the void didn’t realize they would be better off if they’d set him free, because now, he was fighting for his life, and someone he’d have to hide his feelings from to protect, not just from those that want to drag them back, but from him -a vigilant.

Book Trailer https://youtu.be/ZDjw27PXzm8

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