Legacy

Legacy

Book rating: 03 Paperback Harlequin Teen

By (author) Cayla Kluver

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  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen
  • Format: Paperback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 210mm x 36mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 28 June 2011
  • ISBN 10: 0373210345
  • ISBN 13: 9780373210343
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 65,941

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"I noticed his eyes. They were blue, sharp and intense. Despite the youthful glows of his suntanned face, his eyes were cold and unfriendly, suggesting he had great experience in the world and was now expecting the worst." 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.

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By Giselle SM 24 Sep 2014 3

Princess Alera is in line for the throne and her father desperately wants her to marry the Captain’s son. When a rightful son of Hytanica is found alive and well and is brought to the palace as a prisoner she finds herself mysteriously drawn to him, like no other boy has.

Alera is one of those characters that stays inside of her box but when she ventures out of it, that’s where she figures out who she is and finally takes hold of her fate.

This book felt a lot like the story line of Romeo and Juliet with as much intrigue as there was romance. For the most part I was a tad bored. The story slows by and I just desperately wanted to read more about their forbidden love. The writing style is similar to a historical fiction filled with so many descriptions, details and character’s thoughts that I had to skip a few pages because it tended to drone on and on and on. I enjoyed it but not to the extent that I loved it. I’m an impatient person do when things get dragged on and there’s no plot to be found well I tend to get bored to skip to the good parts. Read this if you’re a big historical fiction fan other than that you can definitely skip it.

By Linda 14 Jun 2012 4

Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/review-legacy-by-cayla-kluver/

After I finished Legacy, the first thing I did was look up more about the author. Check out her bio:

Writing has always been Cayla Kluver's passion. It wasn't until her freshman year in high school that she discovered this made her different from her classmates. She was writing in a notebook at the lunch table, when a friend asked her if she was doing homework. When Cayla said no, she was just writing down some ideas, her friend's stunned response was "You write for fun?" Cayla wrote the first draft of Legacy during her sophomore year in public high school. She then worked very hard to combine her junior and senior years so she could graduate early. She completed the first draft of Allegiance, which continues the story begun in Legacy, the following year. In addition to writing, Cayla enjoys such activities as movies, theatre productions, singing, horseback riding, and hanging out with friends. She is sixteen years old, and lives with her family and her muse (Nina, her cat) in Wisconsin, where only the hardy survive. Legacy is her first novel.

Yes, Cayla Kluver is, I believe, a genius at sixteen years old. Wrote a book at the age of fourteen, which is a difficult enough feat to accomplish by itself - trust me, I completely understand, considering that I am roughly at that age (still too paranoid to say how old I am, though) and that I am an aspiring writer. Then having that book published? And having considerably good reviews of the book? Astonishing. Not to mention that she's already finished high school at the age of sixteen.

And yet, with all that ingenuity, I don't believe Cayla Kluver has actually got it right yet.

You want to know authors that get it right? (And by this "it," I mean that that author has got writing down to perfection.) Richelle Mead. J.K. Rowling. Suzanne Collins. Those authors know how to make the reader interested enough to pick up the book. Those authors know how to make the reader unable to put down that book. And those authors definitely know how to make the reader crave for more. Those are writing geniuses.

Cayla Kluver's writing is beautiful. Fluid. Descriptive. Eloquent. Yet there is a certain lack - or shall I say, excess? - to it. Cayla puts so much effort into description - describing dresses, which I understand to a point, considering that this story takes place in the eyes of a princess - but this description is completely overwhelming. And sometimes unnecessary. Honestly, who cares about the cut of a dress?

There were other things that bothered me in this book, and all these things can be described in one word: clichéd. The love interests were clichéd, a large part of the plot was clichéd . . . I'm very prejudiced against clichés. I always want to read books that are unique. Different. Not the same old, same old "girl moves to new town and meets boy at new school and falls in love with boy" etc. Reading the same story over and over makes me cry and tear out my hair in frustration.

So the characters. I adored Alera, though I believe that she might be just a little bit clichéd (yet I never tire of headstrong women discovering who they should be). Her loyalty to her bodyguards London and Destari; her love for her father (the King), her mother (the Queen), and her sister Miranna; and her duty as Crown Princess of Hytanica . . . all of that made me love her and her resolve and everything she represents to women.

And Steldor . . . Steldor is that arrogant and pompous jerk that wants to marry Alera. And he would be crowned King if he did. Normally this would be the part where I rant on and on and on about why I hate him and etc., but an odd thing is . . . my sister likes him. Yes, my older sister had already read the book before I did, and she had told me as soon as she finished Legacy that, for once, she liked a pretty boy (a pretty boy = a boy that is quite handsome and knows that he is handsome and therefore flirts a lot with girls). My reaction was one of surprise purely because my sister abhors pretty boys. So I had wondered why, and after I finished the book, she told me. "I think I like Steldor so much because he isn't the obvious choice. And I think he actually does love Alera." I might agree with her on both counts.

Narian is the sort of bad boy that comes into a girl's life . . . yet he is undeniably sweet to Alera. Though I had no trouble in believing in their romance (though I wish their romance would have been more gradual and not as fast), I do have a problem with Narian - getting over the fact that he's quite handsome and is also quite sweet and is also quite a bad boy. He's clichéd. Yes, all those things that I listed about him? Those are all clichéd. After I declared to my sister that I liked Narian more than Steldor, my sister - who hates clichés more than I do - pointed out that Narian was a generic pretty boy (this pretty boy just means a boy that is . . . pretty). I ignored her. Better than a jerk that bullies people.

But my favorite people in this book? Two of their names start with the letter T and the other with a C. I absolutely adore Temerson and laugh enthusiastically at Tadark's name, Temerson because I love his shy nature and Tadark because he is incredibly dense (and manages to be laughable to others at the same time). And I highly respect Cannan for his decisions and authority.

The plot of this book was, in large part, original. Though there were a few bumps here and there that I didn't like (spoilers: why was the High Priestess captured? What was she doing there in the first place? Why did Narian leave the city so suddenly? AND WHY IN THE WORLD IS ALERA MARRIED TO STELDOR?), I generally enjoyed the surprises at every turn. But one thing I definitely did not enjoy in the book was that cliffhanger ending! Never have I ever read a book with as big a cliffie ending as Legacy. So be warned.

And lastly, I wasn't the biggest fan of this synopsis. I know synopses tend to be dramatic (and often give away spoilers, though that is not so much in this case), but the tone of the synopsis is completely different from the tone of this book. So people who are looking for blood and guts, you definitely will not find that in this enchanting love story.

Legacy is an alluring story that simply is about a girl finding true love and her true self. But to be put more elaborately, Legacy is about a princess who falls in love with a boy she's forbidden to wed because of her duty. To be put most elaborately, Legacy is about a princess named Alera who falls in love with a boy raised in an enemy country, so therefore she cannot wed him and will instead be married to an arrogant jerk who will become king. But a good king, so everyone approves of the pairing.

Okay, let me try this again.

Legacy is an alluring love story that captured my heart mainly because it's more than a love story. Legacy is a story about duty and sacrifice . . . and a choice a seventeen-year-old girl must make.

By Alaiel Kreuz 19 Jan 2012 3

Princess Alera of Hytanica and her younger sister, Miranna, had a rather peaceful and easy life. Their parents had to endure the cruelty of a war against the Cokyrians and suffered the lost of the rightful heir to the throne which caused Alera's father to become King.
The Cokyrians never won but they stole the smiles of 49 Hytanican houses for they took with them one newborn from each. After a while the corpses of the infants were found at the city gates... Except that there was a boy who was never found and, after the days continue to pass, it became obvious that the child could only be dead.

Time passed and peaceful times fell upon Hytanica. But there was a new matter at hand: Alera, soon to be Queen, had to marry a young man to be her King. Why was this so important? Hytanica was a patriarchal place and no woman could rule for it was the job of a man.
And the suitor her Father had chose was not the one she thought would make her happy...

Steldor, for that was his name, was the son of Cannan, the man who ruled the soldiers. And Steldor was nothing bur pompous and arrogant. Always flirting, always mocking, he knew he was good looking and took advantage of it. The only prey that never fell for his looks was Alera and that only made Steldor more eager to get her.

But the peaceful times were shaken when a Cokyrian woman was arrested inside the Palace by Alera's bodyguard, London (who was also some sort of father for her and best friend). And after the Cokyrian woman escaped a boy, one year younger than Alera, was also arrested.

And this boy was the one who charmed Alera, the one who made her heart beat faster... But he was Cokyrian. Somehow, she was trapped between her desires and her loyalty.

Personal opinion:
I fear my review is going to be full of contradictions for I liked and disliked the book equally. But I'll explain why and what.

I liked the world Cayla created for this book for it was very described and built. But at the same time I found myself skipping paragraphes and maybe a few pages full of details about the festivities, rooms or moods. And I usually read every description but I fear that I was to eager to know what was going to happen next, what was a character going to say or do to bother with so much detail about decorations.
Saying that I know a lot of people who enjoy this fully and well developed descriptions and it would help them to picture Hytanica in its full glory.

The fact that the story is telled by Alera is at the same time good and not so good. I enjoyed being inside her head, the questions she always had, her desire to understand and to participate made me like her a lot. But at the same time, since she is a girl in a world ruled by men she is almost always, left aside and oblivious of plots and dangers. I felt so frustrated when she was only pacing back and forth in her room!
So, as you can see, this can be good and bad at the same time: you will like her but you will feel as trapped as she does.

The patriarchal society of Hytanica is a thing that I can say I hate but understand so no problems with that. This is one of the things that Alera struggles too and it helped me to create a bond with her.

As for the love triangle all I can say is that I didn't like Steldor too much but I don't hate him either... it's difficult to have an opinion about him since sometimes he can be nice but most of the time he is so... so... well, so Steldor which means arrogant and petulant.
And Narian, who is the one I'm rooting for, is the only character I never fully met. I mean, yes, he is in the book but her appears a few times (it's a good thing almost all of them are worthy) and never really develops a relationship per se with Alera.

So, will I continue with the series and read Allegiance? Yes, I'm going to. Why? Because this story has a lot of potential and I want to see it blossom.

By Sarah 28 Dec 2011 5

A special thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley.
The cover reminded me of The Luxe series, which I adore. This book was amazing, I loved it. I can't believe the author was so young when she wrote it!

Legacy is the story of Princess Alera of Hytanica. On her 18th birthday she's expected to marry. Princess Alera is a strong character. Lord Steldor, the Captain of the Guard's son, is her father's pick for her to marry. Alera stand Lord Steldor, personaly I can't either. He is an arragont, conceited, jerk. Steldor thinks hes God's gift to women. I was intreged by London, Alera's bodyguard, he has a mysterious past. My heart broke for him in some parts of the book, like when Alera had... I don't want to give away too much, I'll just say I couldn't believe that Alera would treat him the way she did after he has been in her life for as long as he has. I had the same idea that Alera had, to marry London, hes my pick, even though he is twice her age. He's in his 30's or 40's, I think. I want to find out more about London. And then theres Narian, a boy of enemy lands of the Cokyri. Narian is kindhearted and sweet. He seems mature for his age. There's not a lot of him in the book, which was kind of dissapointing for me.

The end of the book left my mouth hanging open, I wanted Narian (or London, somebody at least) to rush in and stop the wedding. I'm so excited that the second book Allegiance, which is now on NetGalley, and I can't wait to start reading it!

I'll post this to my blog on Saturday, December 31st.

By theEPICrat 02 Oct 2011 3

Princess Alera is too young to recall a time when her kingdom had not been at peace, but when a Cokyrian breaches the castle grounds with questionable motives, she gets a quick history lesson about the horrific war 16 years ago that ended with the death of newborns. No sooner was the Cokyrian captured, however, did the enemy manage to escape! Alera wants to find more about it, but her father feels that she should focus her pretty, little head on deciding which suitor to marry and leave all the war concerns to him. Too bad all the suitors are either boring or full of themselves - and the only boy that Alera finds remotely interesting is the Narian who had been kidnapped by the Cokyrians during the war and recently escaped from their clutches.

I have mixed feelings on Legacy - on the one hand, the story has much potential and piqued my curiosity for the world that Carla Kluver created; on the other hand, I did not particularly care for the characters themselves. Told from Princess Alera's perspective, I did not connect with her and she came across as a little immature to expect herself able to run a kingdom, despite her father's misgivings. If she had demonstrated more efforts to prove her worth as a ruler instead of simply resisting her father's approved suitor, I would have seen more reason to her reluctance. I wish that we had more of Narian - the enemy who challenges Alera to fight against the norm of thinking women as the weaker sex. The ending is quite abrupt - I thought it was a rather awkward point of the story to end on - just when Alera's heart begins to break! I hope the characters kick it up a notch or two in time for the sequel because, if not, I don't know if the story will be enough for me to continue on.