HarlequinTeen publishes some great stories; I don’t think I’ve come across any of their titles that I haven’t enjoyed. So when I heard about Legacy, it didn’t take long for me to add it to my GoodReads list. Then I saw the cover and fell even more in love with it.
Ms. Kluver has a wonderful writing style. Alera’s voice comes through clearly and believably, which will help readers connect to her despite the historical setting. I really liked how Alera simply wants to help those around her and how her decisions don’t always have happy endings. There’s a realistic, modern edge to Alera that makes her character stronger rather than making her inconsistent with the time period.
Speaking of the setting, the author has created a vivid, realistic, and rather magical world. There’s a majestic quality to it all, whether it’s simply a royal party or Alera’s search for answers. Every little detail is given, and while some information could have been cut, this enabled me to form clear, full images in my mind. There isn’t an exact year given, but this adds a sort of timelessness to the story. It’s clear, however, that the story doesn’t take place in our time. 🙂
My one major pet peeve with the book is that the fantasy aspect of the book doesn’t come into play until the end. Legacy is a rather long book, so it annoyed me how long it took. But this is really my only “issue” with the book. If anything, the delay made me even more curious about the sequel!
Overall, Legacy is a book that has an air of beauty and magic to it, one that will draw readers into a world of royalty and mysteries. Cayla Kluver’s writing is great and she managed to keep me interested for the whole length of the book. I would definitely recommend picking up a copy!