Series: The Legend Chronicles #3
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
Published by Zebra on March 5, 2013
Pages: 352 pages
Reviewed by: Kristina
Moderately graphic sex scene
The Chosen: a prophecy older than dirt and more dangerous than death. Even as they perfected steam-powered gadgetry and rounded up varmints from Hell, the Jackson brothers didn’t believe in it. But when the chips are down, three brothers named for weapons aren’t going out without a fight…
A Walk On The Wild Side
Attorney by day, demon-hunter by night, Remington Jackson is used to being on the sunny side of the law, even in the Wild West. But it’s showdown time, and Remy and his brothers are getting desperate. They don’t have the relic they need to slam the door shut on evil—so Remy is going to have to find and steal part of it.
Enter China McGee, shapeshifter, thief, beauty, and current prisoner. When Remy offers her freedom in exchange for a little light-fingered help, she’s pretty sure she’s going to end the association with a good old-fashioned seductive double cross. But there’s something about fighting through a jungle full of Mayan ruins that makes you want to settle down together. China could change. Remy might be special. But none of that matters if the devil takes them all…
THE CHOSEN feels like a delicious mix of Wild Wild West and Indiana Jones with paranormal touches. Luckily the details about the overarching relic quest and demon mythology were explained throughout the story without dragging the plot in order to catch new series readers up. While I enjoyed this adventure story, I got the feeling that I was missing out on some interesting action involving the other two brothers who only feature in the beginning and very end of THE CHOSEN. I found out that all three books overlap towards the end and each brother’s journey happens at the same time (in separate books) which is a really neat idea.
Remington Jackson, who has the best explorer name ever, reminded me of Indiana Jones since like Indy he has a safe job as a lawyer yet goes off from time to time on dangerous adventures. I do wish that his ‘middle child’ status hadn’t been the dominating factor in his personality. His brothers each have extreme and contrasting personalities whereas Remington’s personality seemed to fall directly in the middle of two extremes. China, on the other hand, was the one who was the rough around the edges type which contrast really well to Remy’s more gentleman persona. I really enjoyed the banter between these two and they worked so well as a team contributing their own talents and knowledge.
As likeable as the characters were, I couldn’t get enough of the various steampunk technologies featured in THE CHOSEN, especially the submarines and scorpions used to traverse through the jungle. I liked that there was a very even use of magic and steam technology throughout the story, and it was cool to see how almost every challenge Remy and China faced involved a little bit of paranormal magic, a touch of steam technology, and a whole lot of creativity.
THE CHOSEN was a thrilling romantic adventure story and now that the adventure is over for The Legend Chronicles series, I need to go back and read about Remy’s brothers’ adventures which are sure to be just as fun.
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