Monday, June 27, 2011

Review: Legacy by Cayla Kluver

by Cayla Kluver
Publication Date: June 21st 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 496
ISBN: 9780373210343

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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. -Goodreads

Legacy was not exactly what I expected. Judging by the cover, I expected something a little more modern. That was not exactly the case. That was my fault, as I know better to judge a book by its cover!

The main character, Alera, was a strong character. The Women in her time were not to be dominant at all, the men were the rulers.  Alera hated this, and she wanted to have an opinion, and she wanted to be involved. I liked that about her.  Not that the men actually listened to her very often, which I found frustrating. I did not like her future husband to be at all. Steldor was a jerk, who thought himself to be perfect.  I did really like Narian. I found him to be a mystery, and never did figure him out.  I also Loved London, he really made the story more interesting for me.

The book started out a bit slow, and didn’t really pick up for me until after the second half of the book. The writing was beautiful, albeit very descriptive.  The plot was very creative, but very confusing in some parts.  The ending was somewhat a cliffhanger. I will definitely be picking up the next book, as I’m curious as to what will happen next.

Overall, this was a good read for me. I enjoyed reading it, and am looking forward to seeing where the author takes us in the next book.


  1. This book sounds really interesting. I am all for more strong female characters.

    Descriptive writing can be good when done right, and it sounds like you enjoyed it for the most part. Great review!

  2. That's sort of how I felt about it. I mainly want to know how her writing has changed since the initial manuscript and what'll be done with it. And, well, more London. :)

  3. This seems like a pretty good book. I'm going to be reading this next month so we'll have to see what I think!

    Great review!

  4. This cover is just phenomenal. I can see why you wanted to read it.

  5. Hey! I thought the same thing. I thought it would be more modern too, but oops, judged a book by it's cover. (we really should know better)

    Now I want to read it because it does sound interesting.

    ♥ Trish Just a YA Girl

  6. I have been seeing this book all over the place and am interested to read it myself.
    Bonnie @ HandsAndHome

  7. Legacy is on my TBR pile, but I at the moment I am not looking for slow reads!


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