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To have been fourte...
To have been fourteen when she penned this story, Cayla Kluver's writing shows a remarkable depth, strength, and polish to it. I was kind of amazed really. Not so much by the fact that a fourteen year old could conceive of and then write a good tale. I know people have good imaginations and creativity at any age. What amazed me more was the breadth of research she must have done to paint such a vivid and accurate picture of the time period... because although the book does take place in an imaginary kingdom, the customs, dress, environment, and culture is obviously of the middle ages. And she was phenomenal at setting the stage, conveying that culture, and making it all seem so real.
I loved the characters... just about all of them. Although Princess Alera does not like Steldor, strongly dislikes him in fact, I kind of liked him. Even though he is arrogant. But that very thing, which completely annoys him, kind of made me like him because I think there are more depths to him that the reader hasn't discovered yet and probably will discover in the following books. (Yes, this is a trilogy.) Narian I liked, of course, because he is shrouded in mystery. But I think we have a good love triangle about to start here. I LOVE love triangles! At least if they're done well. So I'm looking forward to seeing where Cayla Kluver takes this one.
I enjoyed the action, the setup, the flashes of romance, and the richness of the setting and time period. This was a great story and I look forward to seeing more from Cayla in future!
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NOOK VERSION IN SPANISH
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Posted July 21, 2011
NOOK VERSION IN SPANISH
I purchased this book on the nook with the assumption that it was in english. The electronic version of this book is actually in Spanish, although I was able to call barnes and noble and get a refund.
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Legacy follows Princess Alera as she goes about her daily life. Her father is determined for her to marry by the age of eighteen so he can step down and Alera can rule along side her husband. The problem is the only male in the kingdom who seems suitable for Alera, by her father’s standards, is the unbearable and egotistical Steldor. Meanwhile, there is still a great deal of tension between Alera’s kingdom, Hytancia, and the nearby kingdom of Cokryi. The last act Cokryi took against Hytancia was to steal a bunch of babies and leave their dead bodies at the front gates, except one baby was unaccounted for. Cokryi had stopped the battle against Hytancia abruptly and none have ever stepped foot in Alera’s kingdom since. But the tension and distrust between both kingdoms grow as Narian, the mysterious boy who had been captured by Alera’s guards, is discovered to be the unaccounted for baby and now Alera finds herself developing feelings for him. A love that may be the downfall to her kingdom.
I had been pretty excited to read this novel. The book sounded as if it would offer a wonderful plot and rich characters but after a few chapters I found myself completely bored with the story. I started skimming through pages then skipping ahead because I honestly could not get into it.
The main character, Alera, spends soooo much time talking about frivolous and superficial stuff. Constantly describing what she was wearing, what her sister, Miranna, was wearing, how wealthy she was, how her hair was done etc. She also spends a great deal whining. Her sister, Miranna, is just as annoying. She is younger and I do know how bothersome younger siblings can be but Alera and her sister were just too boring to care about. I can understand that Alera and her sister were raised very sheltered and there are many restrictions on women in the kingdom but I just didn’t see anything really interesting about either girls.
Steldor was probably one of the well written characters. He is extremely arrogant, driven, and a total play boy. He never tries to pretend what he isn’t. He is also very clever and cunning. Steldor was one of the characters that really shined in the novel even though he was most of the time, a total jerk. But I respect him for the fact that he never tried to convince anyone was anything else than what he is. London, Alera’s bodyguard, is also one of the only good characters in the book. He is agile, sexy, and mysterious. He also has a good sense of humor. He isn’t afraid to be honest with Alera, even if it means hurting her feelings.
The characters really were never well developed. Alera never changes nor does her sister. They also make INCREDIBLY stupid decisions. I had no respect for Alera. The plot was drawn out slowly but, in truth, was pretty much nonexistent. The novel consists of a constant mass of descriptions for every little thing and Alera whining she would have no choice but to marry Steldor. I never understood what Narian saw in her. Steldor, I figured, just wanted to marry her because he wants to be king but what either man sees in her eludes me. There was never any real chemistry between Alera and Narian or Alera and Steldor. Steldor never seemed to be attracted to her. (Cont)
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Posted June 29, 2011
Lacks a story arc, and any resolution in the end.
While reading Legacy, I actually had to create a list to keep track of all of the things I didn't like. I've never done that before because I can usually remember them all. Not so with this one. There was a lot that didn't sit well with me, and I'm only naming the big stuff here.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
First of all, let's talk about the pacing. There were parts that read quickly, and others that were just so s-l-o-w. This is mostly due to the fact that everything is described. Everything. From the food eaten, to the color, look, and feel of the dresses worn, to the reason why the herald announced the King and Queen's entrance into the room, but not the daughter's entrances, and why the guests of honor's entrances would also be announced. The unnecessary descriptions coupled with random jumps from archaic phrases and modern idioms, really made the book drag.
The book starts off with a prologue, which I found unnecessary to read. Not only is the information repeated in the book anyway (in much shorter paragraphs, I might add), but with one exception, nothing from the prologue is ever resolved. There is a prophecy mentioned in the prologue, but it isn't expanded upon until later in the book, and it doesn't *really* come into play until book two. At least, I'm guessing that's when it comes into play, because there was hardly anything done with it in this book.
The main character is petty, superficial, and has absolutely no backbone. She is supposed to be a rebel in an anti-feminist world, but all of her rebelliousness happens only inside her head. She didn't stand up to anyone, even though she wanted to many times, and she let both boys in the love triangle, and her body guards, walk all over her. One of the love interests touched her whenever he felt like it, and despite her feeling repulsed by it, she never did anything about it aside from continuing to accept his gifts/dance requests/blatant insults/kisses.
Speaking of the love interests, there is supposed to be a love triangle, but one of the boys is such a jerk, I can't even speak about him in coherent terms, and the other is...never around. We hardly get to see him, and barely know anything about him, except that he seems to be the complete opposite of The Jerk. This is made more frustrating by two encounters the main character had with him that were completely glossed over. Instead of the juicy details of these encounters, we are only told that they took place, and after the fact.
All of this would have been tolerable, had it not been for the utter lack of any resolution or conclusion in the end. I was actually mildly interested in what would happen, despite all of the above...until it ended. I'm serious when I say that after 450+ pages, nothing was resolved. The story moves towards this fantastic thing that might happen in the end, and then just cuts off before it ever reaches the peak of excitement. Nothing is tied up for the main character (in fact, a whole new can of worms is opened instead), and she experiences zero growth as a person. Nothing is tied up for the love interest(s), either, so don't expect
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