Jan 24, 2014

Christmas present number 4: The Legacy trilogy


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


An eighteen-year-old queen in love with the enemy as their countries pass the point of no return....
Bound to a man she cannot love, Queen Alera of Hytanica must forget Narian, the young man who holds her heart. For Narian is destined to conquer Hytanica at the behest of his master, the powerful magic-user known as the Overlord. Alera doesn't truly believe Narian will fight against Hytanica - until Cokyrian troops attack with Narian commanding the charge.
Faced with the greatest betrayal a heart can know, Alera must set aside personal feelings and lead her kingdom through its darkest time. And when all hope, will and courage seem lost, she must find strength and remember that even the blackest night must have a dawn....


Alera: Queen of a fallen kingdom, secretly in love with the enemy.
Shaselle: Daughter of a murdered father, rebel with a cause.
One lives behind the former Hytanican palace walls and walks the razor's edge to keep the fragile peace in her beloved homeland. The other slips through the war-torn streets, seeking retribution for her family's tragedy, following whispers of insurgency.
Both face choices that will separate them from those they cannot help but love. As their stories intertwine, a conspiracy ignites that may end in slavery or death - or lead to freedom anew, if only each can face what must be sacrificed.

My friend Gina gave me this trilogy as a Christmas present. Of course I needed to read it first before telling you about it. I did some background reading about the author and found out she was 14 years old when she started writing this series. That's something I greatly admire. She had a dream and made it come true. Age doesn't matter in writing and she has a lot of talent. She's great with words and I enjoyed that very much. This is a fantasy series and that means bulky books in small print. I enjoyed every single page. I especially liked how every character became wiser and smarter, but that also meant more damage. Nobody was spared. The war was brutal and described vividly. As I read all books in one go it was a bit strange to see Shaselle in the last book as a main character alternating with Alera. It had a purpose though as this showed the war from a different point of view and we got to know much more about Steldor's good side. 
I borrowed the text above from the author's website and Amazon. On Cayla Kluver's homepage people can vote if they are on team Narian or team Steldor, that's funny. I won't tell you whose side I'm on as you should decide that for yourself after reading the series and I won't influence your opinion up front. I think this series is worth your time for sure. Certainly when you like the fantasy genre and strong women as the main character. I can't wait to read more books written by this author and as she's still so young I hope to enjoy much more of her writing in the future.

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