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Legacies (Shadow Grail Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

The first Shadow Grail teen fantasy is an exciting thriller

The car accident killed her entire family; only teenage Spirit White survived. She has little time to grieve and barely enough to heal as she is informed she will live at Oakhurst Academy where she will attend school.

Spirit is shocked to find Oakhurst is a school f...
The car accident killed her entire family; only teenage Spirit White survived. She has little time to grieve and barely enough to heal as she is informed she will live at Oakhurst Academy where she will attend school.

Spirit is shocked to find Oakhurst is a school for orphans with magical skills. They are being trained to fight in a war against an alleged evil. As she makes friends with Burke, Lachlan, Muirin and Adelaide, Spirit begins to question the accident that left her an orphan and the intentions of those running Oakhurst Academy when it comes to the students who have no parental protection.

Putting aside the obvious comparison to Potter, the first Shadow Grail teen fantasy is an exciting thriller in which the locale, creepy Oakhurst Academy brings the freshness with its foreboding sort of gothic ambience. Spirit is a terrific lead protagonist while the rest of her inner circle of BFFs comes out of the DC Teen Titan handbook. Still with a bit of romance, a lot of suspense and a young adult investigation into missing students, teenage fans will want to attend the dances at eerie Oakhurst Academy.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on May 28, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

We will have to see

Long time fan of Mercedes Lackey. Must say she is best when writing alone. Edghill has also produced some material of good quality, but this book has the feel of being written by a committee. Arthurian connection could be interesting. Will have to wait to see if it turn...
Long time fan of Mercedes Lackey. Must say she is best when writing alone. Edghill has also produced some material of good quality, but this book has the feel of being written by a committee. Arthurian connection could be interesting. Will have to wait to see if it turns in to anything in followup books. Tends to be flat without the character development needed to move it beyond the other 'Harry Potter' clones. We are told the main character survives a car crash that kills her family and has four operations, but has no lingering effects. Why bother to mention the operations if you were not going to make that part of the character? More effort on authors part needed.

posted by KnowwhatIike on August 13, 2011

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

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    The first Shadow Grail teen fantasy is an exciting thriller

    The car accident killed her entire family; only teenage Spirit White survived. She has little time to grieve and barely enough to heal as she is informed she will live at Oakhurst Academy where she will attend school.

    Spirit is shocked to find Oakhurst is a school for orphans with magical skills. They are being trained to fight in a war against an alleged evil. As she makes friends with Burke, Lachlan, Muirin and Adelaide, Spirit begins to question the accident that left her an orphan and the intentions of those running Oakhurst Academy when it comes to the students who have no parental protection.

    Putting aside the obvious comparison to Potter, the first Shadow Grail teen fantasy is an exciting thriller in which the locale, creepy Oakhurst Academy brings the freshness with its foreboding sort of gothic ambience. Spirit is a terrific lead protagonist while the rest of her inner circle of BFFs comes out of the DC Teen Titan handbook. Still with a bit of romance, a lot of suspense and a young adult investigation into missing students, teenage fans will want to attend the dances at eerie Oakhurst Academy.

    Harriet Klausner

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for Teens Read Too

    Spirit White wakes up from a car accident to discover her body's beat up, her parents and her sister died, and her house burned down. She has no one in the world and no possessions. It's hard to fight back, but eventually time heals her. Then she learns of a school for orphans where her parents set up a trust for her in case anything ever happened to them. It is a huge mansion filled with amenities for sports and academics. It's also a place for people with magical abilities. Spirit believes there's been a mistake. She has no magical powers. It's quite evident during the first day of testing. However, she's a legacy to the school. She must have one; it simply hasn't appeared yet. Despite its grandeur, Oakhurst thrives on rules. As Spirit's finding her place at the school and amidst all the guidelines, a student goes missing. It might not have made a huge difference, until another student disappears, too. Spirit and her friends begin to question these disappearances and come to the conclusion that there's something strange going on at Oakhurst. Can they solve the mystery before the same thing happens to yet more students, possibly one of them? LEGACIES is a fun start to a new series that creates a blend of magic and mystery with a dash of potential romance. Once Spirit and her friends comprehend the danger within the school, they do everything in their power to change the situation. They must unravel layer upon layer of mystery, all while keeping their suspicions to themselves. I loved the double lives they lead and the lengths they go to in order to keep them separate.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

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    This+book+is+amazing.+Whoever+does+not+have+this+book+needs+it+imeadeatly%21+I+cant+find+second+one+a+little+help+please+if+anybodys+seen+the+second+book+to+this+series%21%0A

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

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    Spirit White survived an seriously traumatic car crash to only l

    Spirit White survived an seriously traumatic car crash to only learn that her home was lost in a fire as well.  Left with no family, and no home to return to she is whist away to the Oakhurst Academy.   For some odd reason unknown to her, her parents left in the care of the Oakhurst Academy if anything should happen to them.  Drawn into a life that she isn't used to Spirit also finds out that she is known as a Legacy and has magical powers.  As strange as that may seem, Spirit's magic hasn't made an appearance and she is able to notice things that the other magical kids have accepted as normal.

    Overall, this is a very fast paced book that should leave the most readers wanted to jump into the second novel.  Spirit is very intelligent  with a good personality.  Her friends are also good characters with larger parts to play as the series unfolds.  The only issue I have at this point is that I wish I realized that this series will be four books long.  That means I'm going to have to wait an entire year to read the last installment!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    We will have to see

    Long time fan of Mercedes Lackey. Must say she is best when writing alone. Edghill has also produced some material of good quality, but this book has the feel of being written by a committee. Arthurian connection could be interesting. Will have to wait to see if it turns in to anything in followup books. Tends to be flat without the character development needed to move it beyond the other 'Harry Potter' clones. We are told the main character survives a car crash that kills her family and has four operations, but has no lingering effects. Why bother to mention the operations if you were not going to make that part of the character? More effort on authors part needed.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

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    totally awesome!!!

    *this book is one of my favorites in this area of the genre! one could compare this novel to a mirror fun house, never knowing what will happen when you turn the corner! i just can't wait for the sequel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    loved it!!!!!!!!

    I read this book in one day! Really good book. Really want the next book to come out!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Caleb surprise

    Wow great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    LOVED IT

    It was awesome, it was well written though sometimes the paragraphs seemed to drag on. I Looooovvveeeddd it anyway though. Peace Spirit out~ Ps. Yes Spirit can be a name~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Awe-sum

    How do i say this? This book was the best book ever!!! As soon as i was done at 3 in the morning i bought the second no lie! This is what i call a MUST read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Really good

    I cant wait to read the next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Great book

    I love to read Mercades books Couldnt put this one down Just purchased next in series

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    Great author

    Yet to read one of her books that was not great. Mercedes Lackey is a fantastic author.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

    Ok

    It was ok the story was more descriptive than a narrative.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2010

    Legacies

    A nice easy read but it seems to be more descriptive than story narrative. An excellent premise but a bit lacking in the narrative.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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