Book Reviews of Legacy

Legacy
Legacy
Author: Cayla M. Kluver
ISBN-13: 9780980208979
ISBN-10: 0980208971
Publication Date: 4/15/2008
Pages: 464
Edition: Original
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
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5 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Forsooth Publishing
Book Type: Paperback
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This book has been on waiting shelf for a while and I finally had the time to read it :) Even though Legacy is NOT a page turner, the story had me hooked from the beginning and I really wanted to know Alera's fate. The story itself is wonderfully written, but there was A LOT of detail/summarization that could have been cut out. The characters who had my attention the most were London and Narian (Narian is barely in the story, but his presence is felt throughout once we meet him and the entire plot is centered around what happens to him).

The pages are filled with betrayal, intrigue, some sadness, tons of frustration over Steldor and I personally was in disbelief the way Alera's parents dismiss her feelings and force her to recognize her duty (think Rose in Titanic). I enjoyed Alera's relationship with London and with her sister the most, no one else cared about her happiness/well being. I even felt enthusiastic when Alera considers London as an alternative answer, might as well if Narian isn't an option. I also LOVED how Cannan approaches Alera with the option he gives her, I only wish the king had been able to be that considerate to her.

The ending completely disappointed me. I read the last ten pages shaking my head and after getting to care for Alera I simply can't believe that's how Legacy ends. I'm eager to read Allegiance next. I am completely against Steldor succeeding in any way, to me he's a coward and completely insufficient to run a kingdom or do the right thing in any predicament.

However, this entire book is richly written and it's simply amazing how Kluver creates this kingdom with two feuding cultures. It really did feel like Romeo & Juliet that way. This author is an incredible storyteller and I have no doubt that her books will do well. Legacy is a tremendous start to this series, but it let me down big time at the end.
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Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.com

Seventeen years ago, a bloody war waged by the Kingdom of Cokyri on the Hytanicans ended abruptly when the Cokyri stole away forty-nine newborn males...and only returned the bodies of forty-eight. Hytanica has managed to rebuild from the war, but the anger felt towards the warriors of the mountains--not to mention anxiety that the war could resume at any time--has never completely ceased.

Alera, crowned princess of Hytanica, now celebrates her seventeenth birthday, and must prepare to wed in exactly one year. In a land where men hold complete dominion over women, Alera may not take her father's place as ruler, but must seek a husband who will fulfill the role as king. Unfortunately, no suitor matches her father's strict qualifications aside from Lord Steldor, the egotistical son of the Captain of the Guard whose very breathing manages to annoy Alera.

All of this grows less important to Alera once the Cokyrians manage to infiltrate the palace, and word is whispered that there is a traitor among the Elite Guard. Even Alera's beloved bodyguard begins behaving strangely, and Alera finds herself having to make a difficult choice. Her budding interest in the political affairs of her kingdom come to head when another Cokyrian, a young man named Narian, is captured, and Alera finds herself probing him for information that she, as a woman, is not allowed to know.

As she grows closer with Narian, who was raised in a society where woman often hold power over men, Alera learns that she is capable of much she would never have imagined...even of finding love. But the intriguing circumstances surrounding Narian's life will throw everything into jeopardy, for Alera as well as for the entire kingdom of Hytanica.

This brilliant story by a young new author captured my heart, and I am eager to read the tale's conclusion in the following book.
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Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.com

Seventeen years ago, a bloody war waged by the Kingdom of Cokyri on the Hytanicans ended abruptly when the Cokyri stole away forty-nine newborn males...and only returned the bodies of forty-eight. Hytanica has managed to rebuild from the war, but the anger felt towards the warriors of the mountains--not to mention anxiety that the war could resume at any time--has never completely ceased.

Alera, crowned princess of Hytanica, now celebrates her seventeenth birthday, and must prepare to wed in exactly one year. In a land where men hold complete dominion over women, Alera may not take her father's place as ruler, but must seek a husband who will fulfill the role as king. Unfortunately, no suitor matches her father's strict qualifications aside from Lord Steldor, the egotistical son of the Captain of the Guard whose very breathing manages to annoy Alera.

All of this grows less important to Alera once the Cokyrians manage to infiltrate the palace, and word is whispered that there is a traitor among the Elite Guard. Even Alera's beloved bodyguard begins behaving strangely, and Alera finds herself having to make a difficult choice. Her budding interest in the political affairs of her kingdom come to head when another Cokyrian, a young man named Narian, is captured, and Alera finds herself probing him for information that she, as a woman, is not allowed to know.

As she grows closer with Narian, who was raised in a society where woman often hold power over men, Alera learns that she is capable of much she would never have imagined...even of finding love. But the intriguing circumstances surrounding Narian's life will throw everything into jeopardy, for Alera as well as for the entire kingdom of Hytanica.

This brilliant story by a young new author captured my heart, and I am eager to read the tale's conclusion in the following book.