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When Legends Rise
(Legends of Light #1)
By Daphne Self
Christian Science Fiction
Paperback & eBook, 400 Pages
July 26, 2022 by Ambassador International 


He is now one of them. Genetically altered . . . Designed to kill . . . Trained to eradicate . . . Until he became more. Juliet 7-A was the top elite assassin for the Global Federated Territories until an ambush deemed him beyond salvaging. He was scheduled for decommission. His only recourse for survival is a new identity and his search for the one friend he had―a friend who defected and deserted him. Those he once hunted will save him. Yet it comes with a price. A price that demands much of him. What happens when an assassin awakens?

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My Review

WHEN LEGENDS RISE is a space opera set in a futuristic world where a man who was once fighting as an assassin escapes for his life with the plan on reuniting with one of his soldier brothers, and a girl who left her home to make her own journey and has learned that home was where she belonged. It a story of a group of Christians fighting to practice their faith and the group who seeks to destroy them. It's also a story of finding unexpected new faith and love. Christian scifi fans who like their books strong in the religious aspect with a focus on conversion will enjoy this one.

I really liked the main characters, Jules and Abby. I also enjoyed Huey and his role as well as some of the other side characters. Abby is this mix of really smart and skilled with hacking versus not necessarily street smart or great at protecting herself. She's also loyal, brave, and loving. Jules is this fierce assassin-turned-pilot who is protective, smart, inhumanly skilled, and is just learning who he is. There's some character development in this story, which I also enjoy and which pushed these characters to figure some things out and make some choices. The romance slowly builds although it is a bit quick. I liked the two love interests together. The scifi and action parts of this story were my favorite. They were quick and well choreographed. I also loved diving into this scifi, space world. The plot is steady with some slower pacing mixed with more climatic, intense moments. I'm curious what the next book will bring.

I also struggled a bit with some of the jerky, almost unnatural actions Jules takes in the first third of the book and then not quite as often for the rest. Some of the dialogue is a bit stilted. The religious aspect was very strong. I don't always love the hard line that was drawn quite a bit in this story or the conversion types of stories since they can be really hard to write well. To me, this one wasn't great in that regard, but I could see what the author was trying to do. There was some suspension of belief. There were also some things that didn't feel realistic or make sense to me that could have used some additional development.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was an overall intriguing scifi. Likable characters and an engaging plot is sure to keep fans of the genre engrossed with promises of more to come.

Content: Some violence, but clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Daphne Self
, formerly published under the name D.M. Webb, resides in Iowa. As a Mississippian transplant, she spends her days in the Midwest state writing, editing, reading, antiquing, and planning adventures. She pursues her dream as an editor and author with one goal in mind: To Glorify His Name. Daphne is also an avid reader who devours book in many genres. As a long time member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and Realm Makers, she volunteers her time helping published and unpublished authors. 

You can find Daphne here.

Tour Schedule

Artistic Nobody, February 20 (Author Interview)

Madi’s Musings, February 20

Texas Book-aholic, February 21

Wishful Endings, February 23

Blogging With Carol, February 26

Pause for Tales, February 27

Guild Master, February 28 (Author Interview)

The Lofty Pages, February 28

Fiction Book Lover, March 1 (Author Interview)

Tour-Wide Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Daphne is giving away the grand prize package of a paperback copy of the book, bookmarks, character cards, and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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