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Legacy by Cayla Kluver

September 9th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thanks to Waggener Edstrom Worldwide for the chance to review this book.

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Prologue from The first boy disappeared on the day of his birth, on a night when the pale yellow moon that ruled the sky turned red and bathed the heavens in the ghastly color of blood, the same night the Kingdom of Cokyri abruptly ceased its merciless attack.

Across the land of Hytanica, in the villages, infant boys continued to vanish. The King turned a blind eye somewhat foolishly, seeking no explanation, needing to refortify his Kingdom’s defenses for fear that Cokyri would resume its brutal onslaught. He was finally forced to take notice when children inside the city’s walls began to disappear. A count was made of the number missing, but before the King could determine what action should be taken, the disappearances stopped as suddenly as they had begun. The last Hytanican child to vanish was the newborn son of a wealthy baron and baroness.

Within the week, as the bleeding moon waned, the decomposing bodies of the infants were found outside the gates of the city, a final word from the greatest enemy Hytanica had ever known. Grieving parents collected the rotting bodies of their sons, but there was one mystery that would for many years remain unsolved. Forty-nine babies were taken, but only forty-eight bodies were returned.

No one knew why the Cokyrians had withdrawn from the land or why they had not been able to destroy Hytanica and her people. The Cokyrians were superior to the Hytanicans as fighters and strategists, and did not adhere to any code of honor in war, but still Hytanica had not fallen. Some thought the Cokyrians had abandoned the effort out of frustration, for they had many times been poised to win; others thought the Cokyrian rulers had finally come to believe the ancient story of Hytanica’s conception.

According to lore, the first King of Hytanica, seeking to protect his foundling home, had been advised by his priests that a sacrifice of blood both royal and innocent would hallow the ground and make his Kingdom invincible. After much soul-searching, the King had taken the life of his own infant son, and placed drops of the boy’s blood at each corner of the land to forever shield the people he loved.

While I enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next book, Allegiance, to come out I will say it took about 100 pages for me to get into it.  The writing seemed a little child like in some areas and I found some of the actions of the characters to seem unbelievable.  I don’t want to give any spoilers but I think it will become obvious as you read where certain actions just didn’t seem to fit.

Once I did get drawn into the story I was anxious to find out not only what would happen between Alera and Narian but also other characters like Alera’s personal body guard, London, and I am curious to see Alera’s suitor, Steldor’s, true character.  London is probably the character that has me the most hooked right now and there are so many mysteries surrounding him that I can’t wait to see them unraveled.

One warning, I did not realize this was only book 1 in a series and there was a LOT of setup and just when it seemed like the action was going to start you are left hanging for book 2.  So be prepared to be hooked and then left wanting more.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

One Response

  1. Deanna/ibeeeg

    I am very curious about this book. I saw this book another blog and discovered that the author is a 16 year old girl. That impresses me that she went forth with her writing and publishing.

    I think this one I will be buying.
    Thanks for your review. It was insightful and gave me food for thought.


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