Author: Cayla Kluver
Series: Legacy #3
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: October 23, 2012
This is not the time for the fight to end. Now is when the fight will begin. This is the time to regain what has been lost.Alera
Queen of a fallen kingdom, secretly in love with the enemy.
Daughter of a murdered father, rebel with a cause.
One lives behind the former Hytanican palace walls and walks the razor's edge to keep the fragile peace in her beloved homeland. The other slips through the war-torn streets, seeking retribution for her family's tragedy, following whispers of insurgency.
Both face choices that will separate them from those they cannot help but love. As their stories intertwine, a conspiracy ignites that may end in slavery or death—or lead to freedom anew, if only each can face what must be sacrificed
Sacrifice is the final book in The Legacy Trilogy, and reading it was very bittersweet. I was excited to get back into that world and find out how everything turned out for the characters I have grown to love so much, but it was sad knowing that it was all coming to an end. Of course, there was a bit of trepidation about whether or not Sacrifice would deliver. So did it? Yes! In fact, I think this was my favorite of the three.
Sacrifice picks up a few months after Allegiance left off, and the kingdom has undergone a lot of change. The Hytanican people have been defeated, but they refuse to be broken. Kluver takes her readers on another emotional roller coaster with Sacrifice. It was easy to feel everything that not only the individual characters were experiencing, but also those of the kingdom. I loved feeling the happiness, sadness, pride, love, loss, and all of the other emotions Kluver put me through. Actually, I think I may have shed a few more tears with this book than I did with the first two.
Sacrifice is told from the alternating POVs of Alera and Shaselle. Though I expected Alera’s, Shaselle’s was a pleasant surprise. Shaselle was briefly introduced in the second book and I had already liked what little I knew of her, so it was great to actually get to know her more. Shaselle is strong willed, somewhat impulsive, and excelled at riding horses when ladies aren’t supposed to. Yup, I loved her. She’s eighteen, and yes, she makes some reckless decisions, but I get why she made them. It was great getting her perspective, because she was in a completely different situation as Alera, so we were able to experience more of what the kingdom was going through. It also allowed us to see a whole new side of Steldor, who I’ve come to like quite a bit.
Though Shaselle quickly became my favorite, it’s hard not to love the other characters. Alera, Narian, London, Cannan, Steldor, Galen, and the rest. It’s not just the characters individually that I love, but also the relationships they share. The relationships Kluver builds in this trilogy are really great, because they’re not only romantic ones; there are friendships, familial, and societal relationships that are so well done.
Like I said, Sacrifice was my favorite out of the trilogy. It left me feeling really good about about how everything turned out. If you haven’t started reading The Legacy Trilogy yet, then you really should. It’s an excellent read for all ages.