Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Legacy Review

by Cayla Kluver

#1 in Legacy trilogy
In her seventeenth year, Princess Alera of Hytanica faces one duty: to marry the man who will be king. But her father's choice of suitor fills her with despair.

When the palace guard captures and intruder—a boy her age with steel-blue eyes, hailing from her kingdom's greatest enemy—Alera is alarmed…and intrigued. But she could not have guessed that their clandestine meetings would unveil the dark legacy shadowing both their lands.

In this mystical world of court conspiracies and blood magic, loyalties will be tested. Courage won't be enough. And as the battle begins for everything Alera holds dear, love may be the downfall of a kingdom.

I didn't hate it, but I didn't really like it either. I wanted so badly to love it, but I couldn't. Through the first half of the book I was constantly waiting for the "real" action to start. When it did, I got caught up in the story a little bit more but by the time I got to the end, I felt like I had just read an entire novel of backstory.

London and Narian were the best characters, though I'm still confused as to what both really want. I wasn't surprised when Alera asked London to marry her. I was more shocked that she didn't consider that sooner. I can't believe Narian fled to the mountains, though. He doesn't seem the fleeing kind.

Temerson was also an excellent character and I hope we see more of him. Steldor is the stereotypical arrogant son of a very powerful man who has it all (except the wife) and insists on charming everyone around him. The King is flat and I'm having trouble believing that he would be so adamant about someone with as quick a temper as Steldor being King.

I love the self-defense scenes, the bedroom scene, and the sneaking out scene. Though I'm a little confused as to why Narian would teach Alera how to handle a sword when he's supposed to be teaching her self-defense. In the event where she needed self-defense, the odds of her getting her hands on a sword in time to defend herself are long.

The Cokyrian weaponry was genius. I particularly loved the poison darts hidden in the threads of his clothes. I was a little confused, though, that Narian doesn't show proficiency at hand-to-hand combat. I figured when he said that no Cokyrian is ever without a weapon, he meant his body was a weapon. And yet it seemed like he meant the daggers hidden in his boots and the poison darts in his clothes.

Overall: 5/10. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. If I spotted the next book in the library, I might pick it up, but I'm not in any hurry to get my hands on it.