Publication Date: June 21, 2011
Published By: Harlequin Teen
My Rating: 3/5
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.