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.

Redonk Nutshell: 16 year old Alera has one year to decide who her husband, and ultimately the next King, will be amidst a blossoming war

What initially drew me to this book was the cover.  Ain’t it purty? I think it is, all those curly thangs and the pretty dress and such.  Legacy is the first in a trilogy (RaunchyRyan rolls her eyes) about a young princess on the cusp of taking over the throne on her eighteenth birthday.  The book opens with Alera’s seventeenth birthday, and we follow her throughout the next year, and her journey of weeding her way through conspiracies, unwanted affections, first loves, and duty, the latter of which will be her legacy to her people.  Whomever she chooses to marry will be the next King.  Her father has an idea on who it should be; Alera has other aspirations.

It took me a few tries to get through this book, and not because it wasn’t intriguing.  In fact, I was hooked from the first few pages.  It took me awhile because we truly do follow in Alera’s footsteps for a year, each chapter chronicling her days and encounters with her guards, her unwanted suitor, and, ultimately, her maturation.  It’s a fascinating journey, though it takes a bit of “getting through” on the reader’s end.  There’s quite a bit of exposition; a lot of showing.  One could almost read this like a journal.  The action was small, though I got the feeling part 1 of Kluver’s trilogy was the setting of the stage.  Legacy is our exposition.  Allegiance and Sacrifice will likely be our action and conclusion.

Legacy was an interesting YA read.  I was intrigued by how multifaceted the characters are – you can’t outright hate the villains because we see so many sides of them.  If what I’ve read is true, then I think Kluver was fifteen-ish when she wrote this book.  BOOYAH.  Well done, and kudos to you, my dear.

Legacy was a fascinating and complex look into a young woman’s first shaky steps into her independent life.  I’ll definitely be on the lookout for Book 2, due out late 2011.

Legacy by Cayla Kluver

Rating: C+

Romance: 3.5/5   Raunch: 0/5

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