Series: Elemental Legacy #1
Published by Self Published on December 7, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Failing grades. Misleading wind vampires. And a fortune in forgotten gold.
Traveling to the most remote region of China certainly wasn’t what Ben Vecchio had in mind for his summer vacation, but when Tenzin suggested a quick trip, he could hardly turn down a chance to keep her out of trouble and practice the Mandarin he still struggled with in class.
Of course, Tenzin might not have been clear about everything travel entailed.
Driving a truck full of rotting vegetables and twenty million in gold from Kashgar to Shanghai was only the start. If Ben can keep the treasure away from grasping immortals, the reward will be more than worth the effort. But when has travel with a five-thousand-year-old wind vampire ever been simple?
Read It, Track It is a way to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short.
I purchased this when it was a deal, a couple of years ago. But I had not read all of the previous Elemental Mysteries series, which introduces the main characters here and the ancillary characters, or the following Elemental World series which continues and expands the story. I caught up this fall to read the latest in the world, A Stone-Kissed Sea.
Shadows and Gold is called a prequel novella but it is a little longer than a novella and longer than the second “book” Imitation and Alchemy which follows. It is more akin to the mystery series which follows one couple in an urban fantasy style. The world books are more paranormal romance with each book about a different couple.
This was an odd and frustrating, little book. I wanted to know more about Ben and Tenzin, but they are just irritated. We do learn about the vampire structure in this part of the world, which may connect to an overall story arc for this series. I enjoyed the beloved characters but the humor wasn’t as much as I would expect from these two.
Elizabeth Hunter always does an amazing job with the world building. This has fascinating places with such international flavor and colors. I will certainly be reading further.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: