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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
The Prescott Legacy: A Medical Urban Fantasy Novel by Robert Sounvonnakasy revolves around a college student named Simon Weller who is a whole lot more than just that. Simon is a bit of a mixed bag and every inch the awkward kid, but awkward goes to the extreme when he starts having lucid dreams, or visions, followed by pain. His friends are what my California father would call “college bros” and on a night out that goes wrong Simon's budding power first manifests itself in the saving of a life. Simon has a superpower: he can heal people of ailments and cure STDs. Simon and his side-bro Karl put it to the test, as insane college dorm kids tend to do, and Karl slits his wrists. Simon saves him and it's as if Karl had never been injured. Success! Unfortunately, Simon can only save those he knows are ailing, and a devastating loss rocks his friend group which has a domino effect. Their suspicions of foul play run as rampant as the pandemic ravaging Seattle, leading the group into the dark underbelly of the city and literally underground.
Dungeons and Dragons. Anime drawings of Bruce Lee. The keys to a sweet Honda Passport. No, this is not my Christmas list, it is just a taste of the dorkiness that marks Simon Weller and his friends in The Prescott Legacy. Robert Sounvonnakasy frequently invokes nerd-culture references and as a half-Asian reader who was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and lived for a handful of years in Seattle, I can sum all of this up in three words: I dig it. The Prescott Legacy has a lot going on and many of the sub-plots focus on those who are on the fringes of society, but not in the same way that Simon and his friends are. These fringes are horrific pockets of hate, violence, further disenfranchising and exploitation, and all manner of harm that befalls the vulnerable. Simon can feel it when he comes into an area where women have been assaulted and people have been shot. The levity of the character quirks is necessary because the rest of what readers are shown is downright heavy. It can occasionally go overboard. I could have gotten through the story without knowing that a transverse colon reattached itself, but the story is engaging. The writing is above par and is worth the commitment that a book of this size and scope requires. Recommended.