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Paranormal Fantasy Review: Omens & Artifacts by Elizabeth Hunter

Omens & Artifacts by Elizabeth Hunter (An Elemental Legacy Novella #3)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
In the elemental world, reputation is everything, but gaining it can get you killed.

Setting up shop as an antiquities hunter means nothing if you don’t have clients. Benjamin Vecchio, nephew of a famed vampire assassin, is the subject of widespread speculation, but so far that speculation hasn’t translated into work.
What Ben needs is a job. A big job. A profitable job.

A legendary job.

Finding the lost sword of Brennus the Celt, the mythical Raven King of the British Isles, would make Ben’s reputation in the immortal world, but it could also draw dangerous attention. The Raven King’s gold hoard isn’t famous for being easy to find. Luckily, Ben has his own legend at his side.

Tenzin is a wind vampire who doesn’t like digging, but she’s more than happy to let Ben do the dirty work while she provides the muscle he needs to make other immortals pay attention. They’re partners. Or so Ben thinks.

But when finding this treasure puts Tenzin’s future plans at risk, will their partnership survive? Tenzin isn’t used to taking orders from anyone, particularly from a young human who used to be her student. Digging into ancient Scottish history can get you dirty. It can also get you killed.

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I love that couple so much, ladies and gents! Maybe the mostest *grins* after Gio and Bi.

Tenzin and Ben have this rapport, this camaraderie & banter which are very hard to find in UF. It comes from long-term relationships. Kate Daniels and Curran have it with such a fun way of communicating with each other. I can't help but feel that Benzin is destined for great things.

This time, to my delight, Ben & Tenzin travel to Scotland to retrieve a legendary sword of The Raven King. Finding it is a gamble but Ben needs a boost for his professional reputation as a treasure hunter in order to start getting paying clients.

Only nothing is simple. Another treasure hunter is following in their footsteps, and The Raven King might not actually be as dead as the legend claims.

It's short, peeps, which is my only complaint. I know it's irrational, considering the format, but I wanted to hear more about Ben's research or Tenzin's day TV binging sessions. I wanted them to have more fun interactions with local vamps and visit old friends.

Alas, this was just one delicious appetiser, and now I'm really hungry for the main course. By the way, the hints were driving me crazy, Elizabeth! 

Highly recommended.

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Я так люблю эту парочку, дамы и господа! Может быть, больше всех после Джио и Би *смеясь*. 

У Тензин и Бена есть фамильярность и лёгкость диалога друг с другом, которые не часто увидишь в городском фэнтези. Фамильярность многолетних отношений, как, например, у Кейт Дэниэлс и Куррана, что приводит  к замечательным подколам и шуточным диалогам. Прям видно, что им светит грандиозное будущее.

В этой повести, к моему восторгу, Бен и Тензин приезжают в Шотландию в поисках легендарного меча Короля Воронов, который, если отыщется, подарит шикарную репутацию бизнесу Бена как начинающего охотника за сокровищами.

Только вот, всё не так уж и просто. По пятам Бена идёт ещё один охотник за сокровищами, и Король  Воронов вполне возможно, что не умер, а просто находится в долгой спячке.

Моя единственная жалоба - краткость повествования. И да, я понимаю, что нелогично, так как она соответствует формату. Однако очень хотелось вытянуть детали расследования из Бена,  взахлёб просматривать дневные программы внутреннего дизайна вместе с Тензин, покутить с местными вампирами и посетить старых друзей...

Но увы, это была вкусненькая закуска, и я теперь нагуляла аппетит для главного блюда. Кстати, намёки, разбрасываемые Тензин, меня просто сводили с ума!

Читайте, очень рекомендую.
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