Published: 10th November 2016
Author: Deborah Cooke
A Warrior Maiden of Cumae and a mercenary for hire, Arista is used to both hunting and being hunted. She accepts an assignment from Queen Arcana of Regalia so that she’ll have a chance to find the secret that can save both Regalia and Incendium from destruction. Arista never expects to be helped by one of Arcana’s own sons, much less that she will fall in love. How can she choose between defending her beloved and completing her quest?
Arista’s Legacy is a short story set in the world of the Dragons of Incendium. It should be read after Wyvern’s Prince and before Wyvern’s Mate. Arista’s Legacy is available in a digital edition. It’s also included in the mini-book print edition of Wyvern’s Prince.
Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with flames on the cover. Flames that are in the form of a dragon, which is cool and makes sense as this series follows the Dragons of Incendium. Though this book takes place on the sister planet of Regalia and then on Cumae.
Arista is a Warrior Maiden of Cumae and also a highly advanced cyborg, though only other cyborgs know this. She is one that has had extra programming added to test the effects emotions play with her and those she interacts with. After she returns from her latest mission she reports to the Hive for debriefing – like always – but this time she wants to hold onto some memories, ones she fears the Hive will want to erase. The Hive was the first cyborg to go to Cumae and through higher awareness advanced its own programming to help make the fighters the best they could be. It also started to introduce more cyborgs into the fold to see how they could go better undetected and turned into more effect fighters. All cyborgs are meant to follow orders and Arista’s were simple. She was assigned by the Queen of Arcana to get rid of a problem – namely a son – but a secondary mission from the Hive was to retrieve the ShadowCaster. Once Arista gets linked up to the Hive though it soon becomes clear that her priorities changed from the moment she met her target, Venero.
This was a good way to see through Arista’s eyes what happened when she met Venero. We found out from him in Wyvern’s Prince what went down but it was interesting to see things from a different perspective. Also because going in we know what Arista really is but in the other we – like Gemma – were left in the dark. It’s interesting to see how her own emotions started to grow, more rapidly than the Hive might have anticipated. Which given that they are programmed to calculate every possible outcome, was surprising for all involved. Arista might have started out with one plan but things changed the longer she is in Venero’s presence. Seems he was holding back what he knew also but was willing to do whatever it took to give the people of Regalia a chance at a better life – namely one without his mother and brothers rule. With the odds against them though from the very start it’s a wonder how things planned out. Seems some things are meant to be though and destiny will always find a way.
Another fun read from this series that I can’t wait to continue with. Interesting characters throughout that always take you on fun and intriguing journeys.
4 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.