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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Review: Legacy

Title: Legacy
Author: Cayla Kluver
Series: Legacy #1
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: June 21st 2011
Source: Net Galley

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.

Firstly, I just have to say that I am in awe of Cayla Kluver. I cannot believe she wrote this at such a young age. Goodness knows I wouldn't have been able to string together so many coherent sentences at fourteen! Legacy is a beautifully written novel that will keep you entertained until the very last word. The long length was a positive and I definitely would not have minded more.

So, who doesn't love a good royal romance? At seventeen, Princess Alera is on the hunt for a suitable husband. She must marry on her 18th birthday but no one seems to meet the requirements set by her father...none other than one Lord Steldor who is arrogant and completely unaware of Alera's disdain for him. Enter Narian, a potentially dangerous but sweet boy who immediately captures Alera's attention with his impeccable manners and skill. Too bad he can't be chosen as King. The romance between the two is full of sparks and longing. Narian treats her differently than anyone ever has and he shares with her his knowledge from Cokyri, the enemy kingdom in which he was raised as a soldier. Their attraction is so delightful yet devastating, as we know that they can't be together. But what I love is that she likes him for a reason. He's not just a badboy. He's not just pretty. THEY HAVE AN ACTUAL GENUINE CONNECTION. That's a big tick in my book!

The characters' backstories are not explored much in the novel but I still felt as if I knew each and every one of them by the end. I knew how they would react to certain situations and how the author has positioned me to respond to them. This goes for the minor characters as well. Their personalities just shined through and and you can't help but form some emotional attachment! Even though the females of that time are very different to the ones now because of changed social conventions and expectations, I was still very able to relate to the main character because of the way she was written. It's not completely comprehensible to me but somehow I still said "Okay, sure! Of course!" when Alera expresses her concerns about getting on a gross beast of a horse……because what lady does that, you know? I was so very easily pulled into this medieval world. I have decided that I want to stay, despite raging wars between kingdoms and mistreatment from men. I'll stay!!

The plotline about Narian's past and the two kingdoms does not come into play until the final third of the novel, but honestly, who cares? There is never a dull moment, even when Alera is simply admiring her pretty (and plentiful) dresses. Fighting off unwanted suitors, getting to know the mysterious new guy, running around uncovering secrets and enjoying the luxuries of being a princess? It's not possible to get bored. Despite what some may say, the young author has written a brilliant story set in a very three dimensional world. When you look carefully, it is just an "ordinary" story but somehow, it is magnificent - a definite favourite of mine! I truly hope that you all enjoy this book as much as I did. Make sure to put this and the sequels on your TBR lists!

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