Sword of Darkness (The Vigilant Book 3.5) by LM Preston – Review by Ayla Phipps
Sword of Darkness by L.M. Preston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the seventh book I have read by L.M. Preston, all of them in the Vigilant Series. I have read how the move affected EmVee, Dex, and Rei now finally getting to see Reece’s side was exciting he was the missing piece. Throughout the other 6 books Reece is mentioned in passing with EmVee, a key ally for Dex within their family, and the twin brother of Rei but everyone was curious what he was doing but were too busy to find the chance to find out.
Reece loves making weapons and everything to do with cars. He has been in Newport for awhile when he finally gets his first chance to race and quickly makes some enemies when the reigning first and second place winners are split to first and third when Reece wins 2nd place. The race is not a typical street race it is more of a death race, weapons such as fire balls and acid are dropped and thrown at the drivers’ cars. But racing is easy for Reece what holds his attention is the curious girl he meets there, Zamina. He is drawn to her in every sense from her smell to something deeper inside his soul that is drawn to her. Unfortunately, Zamina’s best friend Ora disapproves of the two talking and interjects herself consistently. A mystery surrounds the strange girl Megan that manages the races, Reece can feel the vibrations of power or authority that radiates from her. From previous books and learning of Megan and her “talents” it is quickly apparent that Megan tricks Reece into signing a contract before being allowed to enter the race. For Reece he quickly taken back by the students at his school New York had variety not only races as Newport does, but heights, everyone is taller than average, Reece at six foot two states that no one including the females are shorter than five-foot seven other than his tiny twin sister Rei. The bigger concern is that unlike the students in New York that were fearful in some ways Newport’s students had a predatory way about them, like they were waiting for the chance to fight or more.
Will Reece discover what makes Megan so powerful? Why does Zamina call to something deep within his soul? The authors word and creativity in making every book unique and original while also keeping tied to one family is mesmerizing. The overlapping details of existing characters that give them more depth while also introducing original characters to the individuals story and experience leaves you coming back for more. I cannot wait to see the continuation of Reece’s story in Blade of Fire out on November 27th, 2022.