“Legacy” (Legacy #1) by Cayla Kluver
Paperback, 496 pages
Expected publication: June 21st 2011 by HarlequinTeen (first published April 15th 2008)
Synopsis (From Goodreads):
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 rating: 4 of 5 stars
Cayla Kluver has crafted a wonderful story with “Legacy”.
“Legacy” tells the story of Princess Alera of Hytanica. Upon her seventeenth birthday, Alera is to find a suitable husband (as she is expected to marry by her eighteenth birthday), one that her father will approve of as King. The problem is that her father insists upon Steldor, Alera does not share her fathers opinion of Steldor. But she isn’t to marry based on affection, she is to marry a suitable King.
When a Cokyrian arrives at the palace, brought as a prisoner by London, Alera finds herself drawn to the boy. He’s only a child, sixteen years old, but he doesn’t seem it. When Alera and her sister, Miranna, decided to sneak off with their friend to get a better look at the boy, they are shocked to learn his true identity.
While her father gives Steldor permission to court her, Alera finds herself wanting to know more about the mysterious boy. But his arrival back into Hytanica brings more than questions, it could bring the fall of Hytanica.
While I’m not a huge fan of the ending (although I understand why the author ended it the way she did), I’m eager to read the next book.
“Legacy” is a book that would transition well to film. The descriptions, the characters, the author has done a terrific job of bringing everything to life for readers.
Fun Fact: “Legacy” was originally published in 2008, but it is now being released through HarlequinTeen on June 28th!