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Review: Legacy by Cayla Kluver

Saturday, July 2, 2011
5 Stars: An Incredible Read
Series: Legacy #1
Paperback: 496 Pages
Publication: June 28, 2011 by Harlequin Teen

The first boy disappeared on the day of his birth, on a night when the pale yellow moon of the nighttime sky turned red and bathed the heavens in the ghastly color of blood, on the same night the Kingdom of Cokyri abruptly ceased its merciless attack.

Across the land of Hytanica, under the shadow of the crimson moon, infant boys continued to vanish. Not until the blood had faded from the sky did the disappearances stop and the bodies of the murdered infants were found outside the gates of the city, a final word from the greatest enemy Hytanica had ever known. For the next sixteen years, peace reigned, but one mystery remained unsolved. The Cokyrians had abducted forty-nine newborns, but returned only forty-eight bodies.

Now, as seventeen-year-old Princess Alera of Hytanica is besieged from all sides by suitors vying for the Throne, a teenage Cokyrian boy, Narian, is encountered within the walls of her Kingdom, a boy who will show Alera a world where women serve a purpose and not just a husband. As Narian helps Alera find her voice, she struggles against an arranged marriage that will shatter the life she has scarcely begun to live. And when Narian's shocking past is uncovered, and war with Cokyri looms once more, he must fight to defy a fate ordained at his birth.

The book starts with Alera’s seventeenth birthday, at which time she has only one year in which to choose a suitor to wed. Her father’s choice is Steldor, an arrogant young man with an outstanding military background, one that Alera finds hard to match in another suitor. The pressure of choosing a suitor increases when a Cockyrian is caught infiltrating the palace and an impending war looms before the Hytanicans.

Reading Legacy, I appreciate my life. I don’t have to worry about offending the wrong people, my dad can’t threaten to use the law against me (because he isn’t the law), and I don’t have to marry for the good of the people. That would be a big burden, and it’s understandable why Alera becomes rebellious.

Alera is a wonderful character. She’s stubborn and independent, but she knows when to back off. I really hated to see her give in to her father’s demands, to see her allow Steldor to court her. At the same time, I have to appreciate her respect for social conventions, even if she pushes it at other times, because it is for her to do so. Because she realizes that, as crown princess, her decisions affect other lives. Not to say that she's the perfect princess. She meets Narian even when her most trusted bodyguard London warns her that he can’t be trusted. That she can’t grow attached to him when she must marry another. Alera also makes questionable decisions at times, such as risking her image and honor when sneaking out of the palace with Narian.

At first, I really did hate Steldor. He appears cocky and indifferent to everyone but for himself, but his lack of indifference soon becomes apparent. There’s one person he isn’t sure about: Alera. Towards the end of the novel, I grew fond of Steldor and began hoping that Alera would give him a chance.

As for Narian, He’s an enigma. Having been raised by Cockyrians, Narian respects women, and he treats Alera as an equal. It’s only natural for her to be flattered and want to grow closer to Narian. However, it is apparent that Narian has his secrets. I honestly don’t know where the story’s going, and I can't wait for Allegiance, the next installment in this series, to satisfy my curiosity.

I recommend Legacy to those who love medieval legends mixed with some fantasy elements and spiced with forbidden love.

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An ARC was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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1 comment on "Review: Legacy by Cayla Kluver"
  1. Wow! This book has everything I love: medieval legends, fantasy and forbidden love! I cannot wait to read this book! Thanks for the great and very helpful review :)

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