Legacy by Cayla Kluver

Duty-bound to wed her father's choice in successor to the throne, Princess Alera of Hytanica believes that she is being forced into the worst of all possible fates' a marriage to the arrogant and hot-tempered suitor, Steldor. When a mysterious boy from enemy Cokyri appears bearing secrets and an entirely different view of what's appropriate behavior for a young lady, Alera learns that her private desires threaten to destroy the kingdom. When Narian's shocking past comes to light, Alera finds herself in a shadowy world of palace intrigue and ancient blood feuds, facing an uncertain future with dwindling options - and must learn to decide between right and wrong all alone. Marked by witty, rapid-fire dialogue and dramatic complexity that belie the writer's age, Legacy brings a fresh, new sensibility to age-old questions of duty and inheritance and to a young heroine's quest to find her true voice. [borrowed from Good Reads]

Cayla Kluver wrote this when she was 14! Unbelievable... the world that she has created is very impressive. It is extensively detailed, to the point where you can actually envision castle life. Her descriptions of people, places, foods, and clothing give it the feel for the medieval time it is set in.

Alera is a fantastic heroine - I liked that she is passionate, adventurous and opinionated - especially in a world where women must rely upon men. There were a few times where she did frustrate me, but she is only 17 and under the influence of her father.

Cayla's writing is superb for such a young age. Her writing style is simple but enjoyable. Although the story itself left me with many unanswered questions and, I will forewarn, the ending is a cliff-hanger (gosh, I hate those), but never fear it seems there will be two more books in this trilogy which will hopefully remedy that.

All in all, this was much better than I thought it would be. Obviously it is not perfect, but the flaws can be overlooked. The story has a little bit of everything including twists and turns that were unexpected. I truly enjoyed reading about Alera and her family and will be reading the upcoming sequels. Ms. Kluver is a rising star that I will definitely be on the lookout for.

This book was provided for review by
Waggener Edstrom Worldwide.


Juju at Tales of said...

I gotta read this. :)

Beth F said...

She was 14????? Wow!

Jess - A Book Hoarder said...

Thanks for the review. I saw this book on Amazon and put it on my wish list the moment I read how young Kluver was when she wrote it. It is unbelievable.

I really have to stop slacking and just buy it.

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I've heard great things about this book and am so impressed that the author is so young. Great review!

Vanessa Book ♥ Soulmates said...

You'll have to lend this to me :)

Lenore said...

I'm glad you liked it! Seems a bit too high fantasy for me, but it's nice to hear it's worth the read in general.

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