17 Jul 2014

BLOG TOUR: Spirited Legacy (Lost Library #2) by Kate Baray


Lizzie receives an offer she can't refuse—an internship at the Lost Library, home to hundreds of magical books. And to make the deal even sweeter, her prospective boss has offered to act as her magic mentor. What’s a girl to say, but yes? Except…there are the questions of her unresolved love affair, her recently acquired arch enemy, and a haunting past.

Can Lizzie tackle a new job, learn the magical ropes of spell casting, and save her relationship with an amazing man—all while eluding her nemesis? She’ll sure as hell try.

Join Lizzie as she muddles through another magical adventure, with old friends and new, making the most of what life—and the afterlife—throw at her.

Spirited Legacy is Book 2 in the Lost Library series, but it can be read as a stand alone book.


This excerpt is unedited and subject to change.

Lizzy felt a hard yank on her scalp. She wanted to cry out, but no sound emerged from her lips. Someone was dragging her down the path. Her muzzy, pain-filled brain tried to put the pieces together. If he was carrying a gun, he might have a very good reason to hate her. A personal reason to become emotional over her appearance at his front door. Maybe his magic was gone, too?

The painful pulling at her scalp was joined by a steady wrenching feeling in her shoulder.  She must have passed out for a moment, because suddenly she was inside the house and being pulled across a floor. She could feel the wood floor and then the rug underneath her—but it was all distant and fuzzy, like she’d just woken from a dream but wasn’t yet able to think clearly or move. She could feel even these sensations start to slip away as her thoughts became hazier. A sharp pain pierced through the darkness. Her body slamming into a wall? A doorway? Briefly she tried to grab at the door jamb she was being yanked past, but her fingers wouldn’t move to clench the frame.

She was so tired. Even the mounting terror—what would happen to her?—couldn’t keep her awake. She didn’t want to die like this. She didn’t want to die at all, she thought right before she lost consciousness.

She woke briefly as a guard pulled her body this way and that as he restrained her. Her shoulder screamed with a tearing pain, and tears were running down her face. She could just barely make out Worth speaking in the background. He was giving instructions to one of his men for evacuation. As she struggled to hear anything that might hint at their destination, the guard had finished binding her feet and moved to her hands. He pulled her hands together, wrenching her damaged shoulder. She bit down on her cheek frantically as waves of pain tore through her. She didn’t want Worth to hear her scream, she thought a fraction of a second before her mouth filled with her own blood, and she lost consciousness.

My Thoughts

In all honesty, I was in a 'book funk' when I started my ARC of Spirited Legacy. No matter what book I picked up and started, I just couldn't concentrate on it. Due to my book mood, I started this book at a slow pace - it was holding my attention, and I was invested in reading it, but I was reading small amounts at a time. A chapter here and there. It doesn't help when 'real life' gets in the way either. Once I hit around the 35% mark, my book funk was completely gone! I was totally engrossed in yet another Lizzie adventure.

In Spirited Legacy, the second installment of the Lost Library series, Lizzy finds herself returning to Prague after accepting an internship at the Library from Harrington. John, being the protective alpha male that he is, goes with Lizzy to fulfill a Library security role while they are there.
Why was it he only ever felt any sense of inadequacy or inability when it came to Lizzy? Protecting and caring for her was a full-time job. In the short time he's known her, she'd been a walking magnet for magical mayhem.

In the true Lizzy style that I came to love in Lost Library, trouble always seems to find her. Things never go smoothly when Lizzy is involved, and this is the case in Spirited Legacy.

All the main characters from the first book return in this installment, plus we get to meet a few new ones. 'Harry the Healer' (Harrington's nephew), Matylda the ghost and the dragons!
"Dragon Clan?" She was like a puppy with a butterfly, except her shiny, fluttery distraction had green scales and played with fire. Maybe. No, she wasn't skimping on that mental image. Definitely flames. And horns. Definitely horns. Okay, the green scales were negotiable. Ooooh. Purple dragon.

I enjoyed seeing Lizzy's character grow and mature even more throughout the course of this book. She is extremely open minded when it comes to learning about her magic and what she has the capability to achieve with it.

Once again, Kate Baray's writing style is extremely captivating. With Lizzy's humorous and occasionally indecisive inner thoughts, Spirited Legacy was another enjoyable read from this author. I can't wait for the next installment of the Lost Library series. I'm eager to find out what is in store for the characters that I have grown to love.

I received an ARC as part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

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