Review: Lethal Inheritance by Tahlia Newland

About the book, Lethal Inheritance

Diamond Peak Series

“Lethal Inheritance
rivals such young adult favorites as J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordian.” Tammy Dewhurst, Rabid Readers.

On a rescue mission in a mysterious hidden realm, ex-fencing champion Ariel battles treacherous terrain, vicious elementals, and wraith-like demons who feed on fear and want her dead. To defeat the demons and free her mother, she must learn a secret esoteric wisdom to awaken the dormant but potentially explosive power of her mind.

Walnut, a quirky old wise man, guides her across stone-strewn plains and wind-swept swamps, past deep ravines and quaint villages, and through a modern city enclosed in a transparent dome. Nick, the Warrior who travels with them, proves a dangerous attraction. Come too close and his unpredictable energy might wrap her in bliss, or punch her in the chest.

Can Ariel defeat the sadistic demon lord before he kills her and enslaves her mother?

The stakes are high, death a real possibility. Fail now, and she fails humanity.

This novel has received the AIA Seal of Excellence in independent fiction.

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About the author, Tahlia Newland


From Tahlia’s website:

“I’ve been writing full time since 2008, and I’m also a respected reviewer with over 300 published reviews. All my novels have been awarded a place on the Awesome Indies list of quality independent fiction, and several have received the AIA Seal of Excellence. Two of my novels, ‘You Can’t Shatter Me’ and Lethal Inheritance, also received a B.R.A.G Medallion for outstanding independent fiction.

My agent, before I went indie, was Debbie Golvan of Golvan Arts, Australia. I studied writing with, among others, Australian editor Selena Hanet Hutchins (BCA, Creative Writing), and was mentored by Catherine Hammond, (BS in Education, MA in Literature/Creative Writing)

Before I began writing full time, I taught high school visual and performing arts and wrote scripts for theatre in education as well as some unpublished short stories for children.”

Connect with Tahlia

Linked In: Tahlia Newland
Goodreads: Tahlia Newland

My Thoughts

When Tahlia Newland invited me to be part of her blog tour for the AIA Seal of Excellence award-winning Diamond Peak Series first book, the BRAG Medallian-winning Lethal Inheritance, of course I said yes. After all, I’ve been reviewing Tahlia’s work forever, and I’m never disappointed.

This book was no different. It features a smart, spunky heroine who learns to balance her head and her heart, accept her gifts, and see herself, her family, and the world in general in new ways. What could be better than that?

Well, I’ll tell you:

Newland’s work may be geared toward the young adult/new adult market, but there is nothing juvenile about what she writes. Her books appeal to people of all ages because she takes the reality we know, injects a bit of magic, skews things just a little, and serves it back to us. More, she does with with snappy, realistic-sounding dialogue, spoken by three-dimensional characters who don’t seem all that different from people you might meet in daily life.

If her work, at times, seems to share the tone of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, that’s a good thing. We need more stories about empowered women and girls, and the men who love them – women and men who will stab a demon if they have to but will look for an alternative solution first.

In Lethal Inheritance Newland gives us all of that, and more. Heroine Ariel is sweet and funny, and the people she meets, whether good, bad, or somewhat ambiguous, all teach her something she needs to know in order to continue her dual journey: the physical one to rescue her kidnapped mother, and the spiritual one toward enlightenment and self-realization.

In short, I recommend Lethal Inheritance heartily, and am looking forward to the rest of the series.

Goes well with a venti soy chai and a slice of cinnamon bread.

Diamond Peak Series

The tour includes free short stories, a ‘buy one get one free’ deal on the novels and a complete series ebook give away for those that take up the offer.

If you buy book one, Lethal Inheritance, and send the receipt to before the 15th of December, she will send you book 2, Stalking Shadows, free of charge and enter you in a draw to win the rest of the series.

You can also pick up two short story prequels for the series FREE anytime. These books include chapters 1 & 2 of Lethal Inheritance, so you can try before you buy.

Purchase and Download Links:

Buy Lethal Inheritance
Buy Stalking Shadows
Buy Demon’s Grip
Buy Eternal Destiny
Download “Run” – a free prequel short story
Download “Ariel’s Dream” – a free prequel short story