The Last Serpent is a 3-bookseries written by Tansey Morgan, and I read all of them on my Kindle in the span of just a few hours. The books are short, not longer than about 170 pages, so they are easy enough to get through.
My thoughts about this series is not overly positive. So much good potential was lost, and I find that to be a real shame. If written properly this could have been one of the best series within the Urban-Fantasy genre, but as of today that title outstandingly still goes to Moning for her Fever story.
The thing about fairy tales is, there’s usually a catch. This one was no exception. The day I, Lilith Palmer, stopped being the Hot Topic girl and became something else started as any other, but ended in the car of a devilishly handsome man whose net-worth was probably higher than the entire neighborhood I lived in; not my usual Tuesday night. That, however, was only the start of the weird path I was about to set off on; a path that would take me to a place where reality collides with magic, where I find out everything I knew about the world I lived in was a lie, and where I’m the only woman present. There are five of them – five of the most interesting, sexy, and probably dangerous men I have ever met. They live in a mansion in the middle of rural Germany, a mansion protected by magic. And they tell me not only do they have supernatural abilities, but that I have them too, and they’re here to help pull them out of me. Sounds like a dream, until that catch comes up.
The pacing of this story went by so fast, everything from book 1-3 happened in the span of just a few weeks, and none of the characters were interesting in the slightest. I struggled to find anything believable because it all felt so flat. There was no true depth to either the characters or the story itself, and I got a sense of the author writing herself into a corner, leaving the storyline bumpy and uninteresting. Tension is nonexistent.
Our heroine used to be a normal girl working at Hot Topic, and suddenly, her life gets thrown up side down. She’s torn away from her old life and into a new one containing magic and danger humans would not be able to imagine, and she must be one of the densest characters I have ever encountered. We get nearly murdered by vampires? No big deal. We wake up in the middle of the woods and get hunted by a werewolf? Oops. Someone’s targeting us to get us murdered? Well, better deny protection from everyone around us and act like we know best in this world we know nothing about.
As I mentioned, so much good potential got lost somewhere in the making of this story. Every single topic at hand just skims the surface, and I got this feeling that none of it was a big deal. It happened one second, and they forgot about it the next. Magic and the supernatural has proven itself to be true, but the main character is just worried about… nothing. Dig a bit deeper into this universe and I am sure the books could have turned out to be mesmerizing, because there are so many things in here that are intriguing and beyond interesting.
In my previous book review, I talked a tiny bit about books like this not having much plot or storyline, but there is still a clear line of what is average and what is not. To me, this story was below average, and the only reason I am not rating it with 1 star is because I bothered to read through 3 books, so there was something in there keeping my attention, at least for a while. When I read the last book and still found editor’s notes in the text I both laughed and gave up on the story, I will not be reading further.
I rate it 2 out of 5 stars.