Legacy by Cayla Kluver

Legacy by Cayla Kluver
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Netgalley)
Genre: Historical Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: 6.21.2011
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.
I am just having the worst luck with books lately! I don't know what it is, but I keep getting disappointed by books that I have been super excited for. Yes, this is a negative review. Prepare yourselves. And please remember that what follows is my own opinion, and that your opinion may differ. If you have questions, please see my review policy, where I promise to always be honest in my reviews.

While reading Legacy, I actually had to create a list to keep track of all of the things I didn't like. I've never done that before because I can usually remember them all. Not so with this one. There was a lot that didn't sit well with me, and I'm only naming the big stuff here.

First of all, let's talk about the pacing. There were parts that read quickly, and others that were just so s-l-o-w. This is mostly due to the fact that everything is described. Everything. From the food eaten, to the color, look, and feel of the dresses worn, to the reason why the herald announced the King and Queen's entrance into the room, but not the daughter's entrances, and why the guests of honor's entrances would also be announced. The unnecessary descriptions coupled with random jumps from archaic phrases and modern idioms, really made the book drag.

The book starts off with a prologue, which I found unnecessary to read. Not only is the information repeated in the book anyway (in much shorter paragraphs, I might add), but with one exception, nothing from the prologue is ever resolved. There is a prophecy mentioned in the prologue, but it isn't expanded upon until later in the book, and it doesn't *really* come into play until book two. At least, I'm guessing that's when it comes into play, because there was hardly anything done with it in this book.

The main character is petty, superficial, and has absolutely no backbone. She is supposed to be a rebel in an anti-feminist world, but all of her rebelliousness happens only inside her head. She didn't stand up to anyone, even though she wanted to many times, and she let both boys in the love triangle, and her body guards, walk all over her. One of the love interests touched her whenever he felt like it, and despite her feeling repulsed by it, she never did anything about it aside from continuing to accept his gifts/dance requests/blatant insults/kisses.

Speaking of the love interests, there is supposed to be a love triangle, but one of the boys is such a jerk, I can't even speak about him in coherent terms, and the other is...never around. We hardly get to see him, and barely know anything about him, except that he seems to be the complete opposite of The Jerk. This is made more frustrating by two encounters the main character had with him that were completely glossed over. Instead of the juicy details of these encounters, we are only told that they took place, and after the fact.

All of this would have been tolerable, had it not been for the utter lack of any resolution or conclusion in the end. I was actually mildly interested in what would happen, despite all of the above...until it ended. I'm serious when I say that after 450+ pages, nothing was resolved. The story moves towards this fantastic thing that might happen in the end, and then just cuts off before it ever reaches the peak of excitement. Nothing is tied up for the main character (in fact, a whole new can of worms is opened instead), and she experiences zero growth as a person. Nothing is tied up for the love interest(s), either, so don't expect any swooning.

I don't mind an ending that isn't completely happy; Gone With the Wind is my absolute favorite book, remember? But this was just too much. I felt like it left off in the very middle of the story. I honestly can't think of one thing that was resolved in the book. That big huge war that is looming over the entire kingdom? I have no idea what happened with it. The people taken prisoner? Who knows what happened to them. The character who snuck off in the middle of the night? I have no idea where he is or why he left. What about the prophecy? That doesn't have a part in this book, remember? What will happen now that the main character made the worst choice she could possibly make? I have no idea. It ended before we got to that part.

One positive thing I will say, is that the secondary characters were so interesting! The sister, Miranna, was sweet and fun (and much more interesting than the main character), and I would have loved to hear her story. The members of the Elite guard also had such rich personalities, that I found myself snapping to attention during any of their conversations.

I honestly don't know who to recommend this book to. I just know that it definitely was not for me.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Kissing scenes, and non-descript talk of violent things happening.}


  1. I'm afraid I have to agree with you. I haven't read a lot of reviews for this one but the ones I have have been positive and I just didn't love this one. My main problem was the heroine. I thought the ending was interesting but I don't think I'll be reading the second one. Thanks for the honest review.

  2. Sometimes I just love a good bad review. :) I thought this one sounded like it could be interesting, but I think I'll just skip it. I don't like it when books get bogged down in a bunch of detail, and then don't have a resolution.

  3. Agh, all the descriptions! They drove me crazy.

    There was something about this one that kept me reading, and I don't think I disliked it quite as much as you did, haha, yet I totally agree with all your points.

  4. Amber: I agree! I didn't much like her. Thanks for commenting!

    Kathy: Thank you. :) I'm glad I could help! Although many others liked the book, so it could just be me, but I really didn't like it.

    Ashley: Yes, the descriptions!! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  5. Bummmer! But thanks for the honest take and warning on the pace.

  6. Juju: You're welcome! Thanks for your comment! :)


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