by Amy Lignor
Series: Tallent & Lowery #2
After going up against a man who believed he was the Devil, himself, the beloved characters from 13 - Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery - are beyond exhausted. Now they are about to embark on the most terrifying journey imaginable…a trip to meet Leah’s parents. When Leah arrives where the ‘home fires burn,’ her sarcasm burns even brighter, while Gareth Lowery - the handsome adventurer - uses his charm to sway the ‘odd’ Tallent clan. But when a frightening call from Gareth’s sister arrives telling him that her love has disappeared, the daring duo is soon running away from one horrific situation directly into another. A new puzzle from the past has come to life. Following clues left behind, the courageous couple becomes embedded in a world filled with liars, killers and greed. And when the riddle of a famous ‘Bard’ is solved, a strange woman appears who has far more in common with Leah than she can possibly imagine! The heart-stopping suspense of this new quest takes them from Coptic Cairo to the magical world of Petra, in search of a cave deep underground that once housed a true ‘Illuminator.’ Yet again, they must find the answers and stay one step ahead of true villains who are determined to make sure that – this time – Tallent & Lowery do not survive.
I read and enjoyed 13 the first book in the Tallent & Lowery series by Amy Lignor and was delighted when she sent me a signed copy of book two, The Sapphire Storm. Filled with suspense, conspiracy theories, ancient relics, danger and a quest to unlock secrets it offered up an exciting ride. Three word review: fascinating, well-paced and action-packed.
Leah Tallent and Gareth are recovering from events from the previous novel and its heart-stopping climatic ending. Leah has taken Gareth to her family home for the holiday when they receive a disturbing call from Kathryn, Garret’s sister. Her fiancé Emmanuel was researching something and has gone missing. The tale that unfolds sends them on a maddening quest as we travel from Cairo to Petra in search of a cave that once housed an “Illuminator”. I quickly found myself caught up in the quest, the banter and tid-bits of historical information.
I ended up liking Leah Tallent even more in Sapphire Storm. This library curator is a wealth of knowledge, and her ability to link things is uncanny. Of course her love of all things coffee makes her my new bestie. Gareth is strong, and trying to keep both woman safe, tempering his jealousy and finding Emmanuel is quite the challenge. He is a charmer, and I enjoy how he and Leah complement each other. New and secondary characters along with villains help propel the plot and offer key clues keeping the tempo fast paced.
If you are a fan of quests, conspiracy theories, Greek mythology, Shakespeare, and the royal court Sapphire Storm will quickly draw you in. Lignor skillfully weaves famous historical figures, Christianity, and secret societies into this fast-paced quest keeping you riveted. She lends enough historically arcuate facts to make the story feel authentic. I love how well researched Lignor’s books are, and found myself using Google to find characters, places and events. She has this gift for making the reader inquisitive! There are twists, turns and danger at every corner, with just enough humor and romantic moments in between to give the reader a chance to catch their breath. We see character growth and get to know the characters more added another layer to them. New characters and the quest made this an exciting addition to the series. The ending has a cliffhanger, but sets us up perfectly for the next book.
If you love mystery and quests Sapphire Storm provides an excellent adventure. The adventures of Tallent & Lowery are ones I will continue to enjoy and I am looking forward to their next quest.
Four cups of coffee out of five