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Review: Legacy by Cayla Kluver

Monday, June 20, 2011

Legacy by Cayla Kluver
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Series: Lagacy #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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.

My Thoughts:

I have to admit that I did pick this book because of the cover. We all say "Don't judge a book by it's cover" but sometimes I kind of do. Since I loved the cover I decided to poke around a little about the book. One thing I found that was really neat was that Cayla Kluver wrote this book around the age of 14! She is now 18 and is being published by Harlequin Teen. From learning that bit of fact I had to have this book.

Legacy was the first book I picked up for this summer and it was perfect! At the moment I'm all about fantasy and the whole princess with an arrange marriage thing. Alera is a head strong princess who wants to be treated as equal as men. In the beginning, I didn't like Alera because instead of coming off as bold she came off too strong and was bossy and controlling. But as pages past Alera began to grow into the queen she would soon become. Steldor is the gentleman that is the most favored to be Alera's husband, but Alera does not favor him. Honestly, I don't favor him either because I'm a bit confused by his personalities. He's cocky and arrogant but at the same time he has these small moments where I'd look at him differently. With the stressed out life Alera is living she finds an escape being with Narian. I'm not sure what to think of Narian since he rarely shows his true self. What I do know about Narian is that he's at moments kind hearted and respectful. He's also my favorite character of the book.

I just loved the story overall and how Cayla slips in more obstacles through out without making it seem too much. From the struggle of an arrange marriage to the desperation of a new king to support their kingdom. They all fit perfectly and I wasn't left with as many dull moments. Although I loved the story I felt as though there was a bit too much detail that wasn't needed which stretched the book out to almost 500 pages.

Legacy was really enjoyable and that ending has me waiting on Allegiance which will be the sequel that'd be published in 2011.

Overall Rating: 3.5


  1. Great review! I have to post mine too I think.

  2. I'm actually reading this at the moment, and so far I think I agree with you about Narian being my fav too! =D


  3. For the most part I totally agree with you! Too many details for my liking... a lot definitely could have been trimmed out. Still, though, pretty interesting overall! Though I quite liked Steldor. Alera was way too stubborn when it came to him, I thought.

  4. I've been hearing mixed things about this. After your honest review, I think I'll skip on this one. Thanks for sharing! Don't be a stranger; stop by my blog and say hi! I'm not sure if we're fellow followers, but I follow you!

    Looking forward to hearing back from you,
    Cory @ Anti-Drug Reads

  5. I'm really glad you liked it! I read Legacy years ago when it was first self-published, and I'm really looking forward to rereading the new edited version! :) Great review.

  6. It sounds like a cool book and I do like the cover. I think it's only human to judge a book but it's cover =]

  7. Wow! She wrote this when she was 14??? I have it from Netgalley, and I'm looking forward to starting it. Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Nice review! I keep debating whether I should go back and finish this one. I liked a lot, but there were too many details and Alera and Narin were annoying me. I do want to find out what happens with London though, and Steldor is...intriguing.

  9. This book is another I grabbed from I'm very afraid of its length. I did just finish The Girl in the Steel Corset. It was pretty long, too. So I think I'm up for the challenge.


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