Lady Liege

The Serving Magic Series Book 3

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
326 Pages
Reviewed on 04/10/2022
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Jessica Barbosa for Readers' Favorite

The Liege of Faynwood cannot forget the final battle inside the Valerran Museum, where Linden, Jayna, and their friends barely escaped with their lives. Despite being recently injured, Linden is determined to lead the Valerran mission. She knows what is at stake and is eager to claim a victory. She also has another reason; there is resistance deep within Valerra, and a certain leader bears a striking resemblance to the brother she has been looking for. Linden has a lot on her plate and a certain Arrowood Chief with sea-green eyes isn’t making it easy for her. Torn between duty and her heart, Linden will have to make difficult decisions in the future. The question is, will she make the right ones? Find out in the third book of The Serving Magic Series: Lady Liege by Toni Cabell!

Toni Cabell takes us on another extraordinary ride with Lady Liege. Linden had been injured by their last battle but she grows more impatient to take the battle to Mordahn. Serving magic had been defeated and it had haunted her for the past nine months. She is determined to see the end of the prophecy through but fighting Mordahn isn’t the only thing plaguing her thoughts. Linden is an admirable character; she is brave and stubborn to a fault but she has the best intentions and she only wants to protect those who are important to her, even if it means shouldering a heavy title and duties she never wanted in the first place. I enjoyed the story’s flow of events and I found the story to be well-paced and easy to follow. The plot is skillfully crafted, and the setting and events are described clearly. This book had me hooked from Linden’s first demands to return to duty and right to the very end. Linden, Corbahn, and their friends are the foundation of the story. Their amazing characterizations and interactions made it easy to envision how the entire book played out as I read. Wonderful work!

K.C. Finn

Lady Liege is a work of fiction in the fantasy and adventure subgenres and serves as the third installment of the Serving Magic book series. It is intended for both young adult and adult readers to enjoy and was penned by author Toni Cabell. As this magical and enthralling series continues, we once again find ourselves with protagonist Linden as the threat of attack looms over her home nation in the form of the dreaded Mordahn. However, the undead army is not her only threat, as arguments from those who don’t believe in Linden’s destiny shake her confidence. What results is a powerful coming-of-age tale where one young woman must take up the mantle and plunge herself headfirst into darkness.

I always enjoy fantasy adventure works most when they successfully interweave those subgenres which give us an emotional link to the tale, such as romance, coming of age, and social issues, and Lady Liege is a novel that delivers all of that in a truly magical package. I really liked the way Linden clashed with some of the characters, particularly the chief, of course, and how she learned from those experiences to thicken her own skin and stay on course. Author Toni Cabell offers a great role model and a strong central message of self-belief that enhances the exciting plot twists and the tense, atmospheric setting all the more. Overall, I would highly recommend Lady Liege to fans of the existing series, and the series in general for fantasy fans seeking thrills and excitement, but also depth and edge-of-your-seat suspense.

Rabia Tanveer

Lady Liege is the third book in The Serving Magic Series by Toni Cabell. Linden is done with Mordahn and his army’s attacks on her people. As the Liege of Faynwood, the responsibility of ending the terror of Mordahn falls on Linden’s shoulders. She believes the time for waiting is over, and they need to take the fight to Mordahn before he wreaks more havoc in the lives of innocent people and beings. Everyone agrees, except for the Chief of Arrowood. Will Linden let the arrogant man dictate how she follows her destiny? Absolutely not. She will end the terror reign of Mordahn once and for all, regardless of the consequences. Will she succeed? Or is the Chief of Arrowood right? Can Linden and Corbahn end the rift between Arrowood and Faynwood?

Oh wow, how did I miss this series? This series has everything I love in a good Young Adult fantasy novel. It has a powerful protagonist, a strong plot, dry humor, character names that I can actually pronounce, a romantic interest that our protagonist resists, and rich details that transported me right into the story. Linden is the kind of protagonist you root for. Her brand of sarcasm had me laughing out loud. I loved the banter between Linden and Corbahn. I loved how they resisted, but duty always comes first. Although reluctant to take on the responsibilities, Linden takes those responsibilities seriously and plans on succeeding. The action never dies in Lady Liege, which is perhaps why I completed it in a single sitting. Toni Cabell writes with the ease of an author who is enjoying the ride. The pace is perfect, the action gets a place of honor in the story, and the characters drive the action forward with their growth. I loved this story more than I can express and would highly recommend it!