By Cayle Kluver
age range: 13 +
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.
I honestly guess that not many people have heard of the book Legacy. It hasen't been well promoted and is well over-shadowed by the shinning lights like Twilight, and the other Vamp books. But this is actually a gem in the rough.
Written by a 16 year old i expected the book to be eh, blah, okay. But it actaully was surprisingly good. Alera is the heir to the Hytannican throne, and is responsible to marry right after her eighteenth birthday (18th or 17th not sure!) But of course, it's quite hard to marry when you sole canadatite is an infuriatingly handsome Steldor.
Steldor oh Steldor, i quite disliked him. He was a complete conceited blah! Probably fun to write but totally annoying to read. One thing that bugged me was that Alera could never really stand up to him and tell him directly that she DID NOT LIKE HIM. She was a strong willed character but she needed a back bone against Steldor.
But Narian...Now that's what i'm talking about. He is the long lost child held captive in the horrid land of Cokyri. Now back, he's not only stolen the heart of the crown princess but the weapons of his father. How can a child raised by the enemy be trusted?
The plot was pretty good, and after a some-what slow begining i started to get into the book. A few little things that got to me, though, was some things the author did in her writting. She went into detail, like super macho mega detail about everything. Every single outfit the princess wore was written down to the last thread, even when it was completly and utterly unnessesary. Also when she was talking about the market, she went on to say ALL the fruits that were in the small fruit basket, and ALL the spices, and All the silk.... I think you get my point.
So besides skimming some extremely detailed pages, i did enjoy the book and will definatly pick up the sequal wich is due to be released sometime in the future... (it's called
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