Some legends never die…
Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.
Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.
Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it. (Goodreads)
The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett was a lush, exciting, intriguing book that I enjoyed from start to finish. Rich with settings and characters, this might have became my favorite of her books that I’ve read. I loved the mix of mystery and magic, romance and adventure. Theodora, in particular, was a great lead! She was fierce, feminist, smart, and not afraid to take charge or follow someone else’s lead. She was well-rounded and real, and her romance with Huck was extremely swoony. I loved that Huck takes on the roll that many women take on in adventure films (the scared, fragile ones) and that Theodora took care of him even more than he took care of her.
For those who may not know based on the summary, this book is FANTASY! It’s very very very light on the fantasy, and that doesn’t really start until probably halfway into the book. I guess I’d call this YA historical light fantasy, if I wanted to be as specific as possible.
The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett will be published September 3, 2019.