Legacy Trilogy #1
YA historical fantasy, Published 2009
Challenges: YA Historical Fiction, Audio Book Challenge, Mt. TBR
Shelf Life: 7 months – bought 9/20/11
Read April 2012, 12.5 hours unabridged
I originally started this book back toward the end of last year, and ended up setting it aside for something else. The story just never grabbed me, despite the fact that I really wanted it to. When I saw that it had been narrated by Anna Chlumsky, I decided to give it another try and thoroughly enjoyed the story. Anna really does a great job narrating the story. Like many first books in a series like this, the plot did seem to drag for the first half of the book – I was dying to know if there was going to be any real action at all. The beginning of the book did grab me, but it seemed to take forever for the next real thing to happen.
There is a great attention to detail, which I did enjoy, but was ready for something exciting to happen. I was often disappointed by Alera’s actions because in Hytanican society, women have very limited roles and she has yet to defy her father, the king. There were many twists and turns that happened that I was definitely not expecting. I was expecting a little more romance or love triangle as well, but most of the storyline revolves around Alera being married off to someone who she despises. By the end I just knew I had to know how Alera would deal with the consequences of her fate. With Cayla being such a young writer, you just know her next works will only get better and better.