Author: Cayla Kluver
Series: Legacy #1
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: June 15, 2012
In her seventeenth year, Princess Alera of Hytanica faces one duty: to marry the man who will be king. But her father's choice of suitor fills her with despair.
When the palace guard captures an intruder a boy her age with steel-blue eyes, hailing from her kingdom's greatest enemy Alera is alarmed and intrigued. But she could not have guessed that their clandestine meetings would unveil the dark legacy shadowing both their lands.
In this mystical world of court conspiracies and blood magic, loyalties will be tested. Courage won't be enough. And as the battle begins for everything Alera holds dear, love may be the downfall of a kingdom.
I had to take a couple days after finishing Legacy to really determine how I felt about it. It wasn’t a matter of whether I liked it or not, it was a matter of just how much I liked it. The story went fast, regardless of it being a 500 page book, and I was rarely bored by it. Overall, I would say it was pretty good, especially when you take in to consideration the fact that the author, Cayla Kluver, was in her young teens when she wrote this.
I liked Princess Alera because at age seventeen, she has that spark that can potentially make her a strong and determined woman. It’s difficult to voice her opinions since she was raised in a male domineering kingdom where women are suppressed. She is expected to marry and become queen, but the royal power and decisions will fall to her husband, not her. The man that is the perfect candidate in her fathers eyes, is Lord Steldor, whose giant ego and arrogance grate on Alera’s last nerve. Though I found myself annoyed by him most of the time, I get the feeling that there is more to him that Alera hasn’t seen. Unfortunately, her father would never allow her to marry Narian, the man she does love. Narian was raised in the enemies kingdom, but he is part of Alera’s kingdom by birth. Narian had an arrogance about him, as well, but it isn’t as annoying as Steldor’s. Maybe because his views of women are far different than Steldor’s and actually encourages Alera to be a strong woman who can defend herself. And Narians habit of ”borrowing” things, such as Steldor’s horse made me laugh. However, my favorite character is London, Alera’s personal bodyguard, whose rebellious ways have obviously rubbed of on her.
Something that drove me a little crazy while reading Legacy, was the authors tendency to describe the most minuet details about something or someone when there was no need for it. I don’t know how many times she described what the Elite Guard uniform looked like, but I do know it was way too many. Honestly, the book could probably have been cut by 50 pages if all the needless detailed descriptions were not included.
Since this is the first in a trilogy, we’ll have to wait to see what is in store for Alera, Steldor, Narian, and the rest of the kingdom. Even though the situation between the three seems to be settled by the end, I’m sure their triangle is far from over.