Greer has always known she was privileged, though she had no idea how special her second sight made her, even among her triplet monster-fighting sisters. But when a god starts playing with her mind, can Greer step up in her pretty high heels to prevent anything from stopping her sisters’ mission?

Grace loves her adopted brother, Thane, but now that he’s back and has joined her sisters’ team, it’s clear his past is full of dark mysteries. She wants to trust him, but will Thane’s secret put the girls in even more danger?

Gretchen knows she can rely on her sisters to help her stop the monsters. But after getting to know some of the beasties in the abyss, she finds her role as a huntress comes with more responsibility than she ever imagined. How can she know what her birthright demands of her now?

The girls cannot hesitate as they seek the location of the lost door between the realms, even as monsters and gods descend on San Francisco in battle-ready droves. In this exciting conclusion to the Sweet Venom trilogy, these teenage heirs of Medusa must seek the truth, answer the ancient riddles, and claim their immortal legacy.

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Reviews

  • “Greek mythology comes to life in this action-packed third installment of the Sweet Venom series, with paranormal 16-year-old triplets fighting the ancient-but-not-dead Olympic gods and monsters in contemporary San Francisco. Beginning in the middle of a fierce battle in the Abyssos, the realm of monsters, this story abruptly picks up where the second book left off. Triplet descendants of Medusa, each endowed with a different supernatural power, Gretchen, Greer and Grace fight their way to Mount Olympus to rescue their Gorgon aunts, Euryale and Sthenno. Once they’ve rescued their supernatural relatives, they search for the door that opens the Abyssos, which, as the Key Generation, they are destined to open lest all the monsters die. Most of the gods oppose them, but a few nicely quirky monsters help the girls, especially cute Sillus, a monkey creature with a limited vocabulary and a comic touch. Three possibly untrustworthy boys enter the mix to add the briefest touch of romance. The story is told in first person in alternating chapters dedicated to each girl, and readers will have to pay attention to the chapter headings, as all three girls speak with identical voices. The ending leaves the door slightly open for another sequel but supplies enough satisfaction for fans. As a whole, this series is a decent bet for teen girls graduating from Rick Riordan.” ~ Kirkus
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One—Grace

The monsters are waiting.

As Gretchen, Greer and I tumble out of the swirling crazy of the portal we created to bring us here, we are immediately surrounded by mythological beasts. There must be two dozen, at least. All sizes, all shapes, all… textures. Many I recognize from Gretchen’s lost monster binders: a furry Caledonian boar with tusks three feet long, a pair of massive birds whose feathers look like arrowheads, and a double-headed serpent monster I think is called an amphisbaena. Others I’ve never even imagined, like the giant white worm or the hyena-like one with no mouth that I can see. They are all standing in a semi-circle around the open space where the portal dumped us into the bleak, black abyss that the monsters call home. Abyssos.

When Gretchen described this place, I thought she was exaggerating. I couldn’t believe it was as horrible as the picture she painted.

I was wrong.

Between the slick-looking black stone and the nauseating combination of smells, sounds, and faint green light, I almost with I could autoport back home and forget I ever saw any of this.

But I can’t. We’re here for a purpose, and I won’t abandon my sisters or our duty.

Tugging on my backpack straps to anchor it tighter against my body, I force myself to control the fear as we face down the waiting monsters.

Waiting … like they knew we were coming.

For half a second I think—I hope—that these are friendly monsters, the ones Gretchen told us she met when she came in here after Nick. The ones who want to help us.

But one glance at her—stance braced wide, a dagger in each fist, fangs on display and a look of pure menace on her face—tells me to forget that idea. These monsters aren’t here to assist. They’re here to either capture us or kill us.

Neither option ends well for us or the world we’re trying to protect. I knew this was going to be dangerous, I just didn’t expect the danger to find us so quickly.

My already racing heart speeds up in my chest.

“Fangs down.“ Gretchen inches forward, putting herself between me and Greer and the monsters. “They’re mortal here. They won’t want to tangle with our venom.“

I glance at Greer. Her fair skin and highlights shine like a beacon against the gloom. It’s her face though that stands out the most. Her expression is haunting, her cheeks are ghostly pale, silver eyes wide and staring straight ahead. She usually holds it together on the outside, even when she’s falling apart on the inside. Seeing the signs of her panic on prominent display sends my heart rate up another notch.

I curl my lips and let my fangs drop, hoping the gesture will make me appear stronger and more dangerous.

The boys fly out of the portal right behind us. Nick bumps into Greer, knocking her off balance, but Thane manages to land sure-footed at my side. He reaches out to steady Greer before she hits the shiny black ground.

My brother’s reflexes are lightning fast.

“What in Hades?“ Nick asks, already swinging his backpack around to the front and unzipping the main compartment.

“They were waiting,“ I say, my voice weak.

Greer adds in a tense whisper, “They knew we were coming.“

She says it like it’s more than a guess. With her power of second sight, it probably is.

Gretchen flicks a glance over her shoulder, exchanging a look with Nick. A silent question. Did you do this? Does she still doubt his allegiance? Does she still think he’s spying on us for the enemy—well, for one of our enemies? We have so many it’s hard to keep track. There are the ones who want us dead before we can open the door, the ones who want to wait until after, and the ones who want us for the bounty on our heads—freedom from this awful place. We’re lucky anyone is on our side. Nick is supposed to be.

Does Gretchen think he might be the reason the monsters are expecting us?

His mouth tightens and he gives her a quick shake of his head.

She stares at him—studying him, evaluating him. Gretchen doesn’t trust easily and I know she still has doubts about Nick. I don’t blame her. When he first showed up in her life, she had no idea he was anything more than a normal boy. Then she learned he was sent by the goddess of justice to protect us. And just when she started to believe him, she found out he was also working as an agent for the monster side. He insists he was a mole, and she believes him. We believe him. But still, there’s always room for doubt.

Finally, she nods in response before returning her attention to the monsters, who have started grunting and shuffling in anticipation of the fight. I guess that was answer enough for her.

“Circle up,“ Gretchen instructs.

Adrenaline pours into my bloodstream and my hands start to shake.

I try to calm my fear and draw on my courage. I’ve trained for this. Between Gretchen and Greer’s lessons I feel like I’ve earned a monster-fighting black belt in a few short weeks. But this isn’t a training excercise. I’ve never been this frightened in my life.

Not even when the two warring factions clashed in the gym at Greer’s school and we were caught in the middle. Then I didn’t have time to be scared.

“Get behind us,“ Nick says calmly as he steps around me, taking position at Gretchen’s side.

Thane follows around the other side, flanking Gretchen and setting me and Greer firmly behind their wall of defense. He’s only here to watch over me, to look out for his little sister. He’s not actually part of this war. He’s not equipped for what we’re about to face. He’s just a boy.

“Thane, no.“ I tug at his shoulder. “We’re not helpless.“

When he glances back at me, I bare my teeth to display my fangs.

His eyes narrow slightly—as if deciding whether my venom-spewing fangs are up to the task—and then he nods. It’s crazy how proud that makes me feel. For once, I’m the one who can protect him.

“Grace is right,“ Gretchen says. “We’ve got the deadly weapons. Girls in front. Boys as backup. Everyone, arm yourselves.“

As Greer and I step into position, Gretchen hands us each one of her daggers before reaching behind her back and pulling another pair from the waistband of her cargo pants. She’s like a walking armory. I wonder what she has hidden away in her pockets.

Beside her, Nick holds what looks like a razor sharp frisbee in one hand, his fingers curled through a set of holes in the center. Part bowling ball, part discus. With a deadly blade-like edge. And from the way Nick is maneuvering it with simple wrist movements, it looks like he knows how to use it.

In a flash, Thane reaches behind his head and pulls out a sword I didn’t even realize he had. It must have been hidden behind his backpack. He grips the hilt in both hands, slashing it in front of him and looking more like a Medieval warrior than my big brother. The blade makes a whoosh-whoosh as it cuts through the air.

I’m suddenly very glad he came with us.

Gretchen catches my eye. “Get ready.“

She nods, and that tiny bit of reassurance centers me. I shove my heart back down where it belongs and turn to the monsters, focusing my full attention on the enemy.

When I do, one of the monsters—a horrible looking man with blue-black skin and glistening stains around his mouth—raises one arm and shouts.

Epitithentai!

As one, the monster horde roars and charges forward.

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About the Series

Sweet Legacy is part of the Sweet Venom trilogy. Here is the proper reading order:

  1. Sweet Venom (Book 1)
  2. Sweet Shadows (Book 2)
  3. Sweet Legacy (Book 3)

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