First and Last

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First and Last

Book 4 in the Magical Sword Series

SUMMARY: (blurb taken from author's site)

One woman, one bond, one final battle … can even Nexi Jones defeat the deepest darkness of evil?

Meet Nexi Jones—Witch, Guardian and now, Lady of the Underworld. Embracing her new role, Nexi begins the task of changing a world led by darkness. But not everyone is happy to see her rise to power. Before long, a resistance within the Underworld is forming.

As the darkness begins to close in around her, Nexi’s magical abilities flourish in response—forcing Nexi to dig down deeper into her past to discover this source and why she was gifted with such incredible strength.
With her Guardian, Kyden by her side, Nexi will meet her greatest challenge yet as she begins to discover that fate might have been a bitch, but she was a bitch with a plan.

FIRST LINE:

Nothing could have prepared me for what faced me now-nothing at all.

FAVORITE LINE:

“All that matters is that I still have you.” (it's what reading romance is all about)

PLOT:

The final installment to the magical sword series is an emotional whirlwind that will take you to the summit where pure love resides then plummet you into the depths where evil and darkness rule. The story unfolds at a fast paced, breakneck speed with unexpected plot twists around every bend. This book brought to life the meaning of friendship and family. These two themes are at the heart of my being and something that I always look for in the books I choose to read. Within the plot, the author also took a topic most rather not touch and created a scenario where it made it easy to read about. God and Satan are not easily placed within fiction, but Ms. Kennedy did a fabulous job of melding Nexi's beliefs with that of "real" views in the real world. Add a few powerful demon lords and a witch with a mission and sizzling love scenes and you have First and Last-one hell of a action-adventure romance.

Ms. Kennedy has ended The Magical Sword Series with a bang and has left nothing unanswered. After reading this book all my expectations were met, yet I still want to go back and re-read the entire series again just to experience the adventure of falling in love and discovering one's self or better known as the chaotic life of Nexi Jones.

SETTING:

First and Last doesn't keep the reader in one place for long. Nexi takes you from ice winter weather to meet a powerful witch that will play a key role in her fate, to the calm and peaceful lands of the Otherworld where she embraces Kyden and proves her devotion to him. But don't get comfortable yet, as the Ruler of the Underworld, she's soon called upon to judge and sentence demons that have gone against her laws. Word to the wise, watch out for the roaring up rise against her, because it will lead her to the very place the Devil resides! Will she be able to resist the pull his power has on her?

WRITING:

I've read and now reviewed all four books in The magical Sword series. I've come to enjoy Ms. Kennedy's unique approach to writing paranormal romance. Yes, unconventional at best, but still very exciting to read! She gets right to the action while weeding out all the prose that could weigh down her story. Juicy banter and humorous moments are involved that can quickly switch to heated sexy scenes! Ms. Kennedy's fast paced writing style will keep you on the edge of your seat.

CHARACTERS:

Nexi has come full circle in First and Last. Here she proves that she just might be strong enough to go against the darkest evil to save the people she loves the most. Her resolve will falter at times, but her determination will help keep her strong throughout the story. Her will is one that is not easily broken. At first I was not sure her character had grown enough to tackle the enormous task placed at her feet. Half way through the book I doubted her powers could best the evil that needed defeating, but I continued reading. I enjoyed following her through the rest of the story, discovering right along side her the strength she indeed carried inside. her never ending love for Kyden , her guardian warrior, was one factor that never changed. The one solid wall she could lean against for support when needed. The author brought out all the problems Nexi and Kyden suffered as a couple, and weaved them into the plot which served to make the story stronger and the characters stronger leaving me as the reader brimming with love for the two!

LAST THOUGHTS:

Ms. Kennedy has approached romance writing in a different light and has proven that following the rules is not always necessary. Her Magical Sword Series will sweep you off your feet, hand you an adventure that just doesn't let you go until the last page of the very last book. If you love the magic that is created between two people falling in love, the adventure of saving worlds while saving yourself from self-destruction and making friends, then this series is for you! 


Book Blurb for First and Last

One woman, one bond, one final battle … can even Nexi Jones defeat the deepest darkness of evil?

Meet Nexi Jones—Witch, Guardian and now, Lady of the Underworld. Embracing her new role, Nexi begins the task of changing a world led by darkness. But not everyone is happy to see her rise to power. Before long, a resistance within the Underworld is forming.

As the darkness begins to close in around her, Nexi’s magical abilities flourish in response—forcing Nexi to dig down deeper into her past to discover this source and why she was gifted with such incredible strength.

With her Guardian, Kyden by her side, Nexi will meet her greatest challenge yet as she begins to discover that fate might have been a bitch, but she was a bitch with a plan. 


Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2011 4.50