Legacy

Legacy

by Cayla Kluver

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Overview

The first boy disappeared on the day of his birth, on a night when the pale yellow moon of the nighttime sky turned red and bathed the heavens in the ghastly color of blood, on the same night the Kingdom of Cokyri abruptly ceased its merciless attack.

Across the land of Hytanica, under the shadow of the crimson moon, infant boys continued to vanish. Not until the blood had faded from the sky did the disappearances stop and the bodies of the murdered infants were found outside the gates of the city, a final word from the greatest enemy Hytanica had ever known. For the next sixteen years, peace reigned, but one mystery remained unsolved. The Cokyrians had abducted forty-nine newborns, but returned only forty-eight bodies.

Now, as seventeen-year-old Princess Alera of Hytanica is besieged from all sides by suitors vying for the Throne, a teenage Cokyrian boy, Narian, is encountered within the walls of her Kingdom, a boy who will show Alera a world where women serve a purpose and not just a husband. As Narian helps Alera find her voice, she struggles against an arranged marriage that will shatter the life she has scarcely begun to live. And when Narian's shocking past is uncovered, and war with Cokyri looms once more, he must fight to defy a fate ordained at his birth.

En Espanol Synopsis for English Language title

La princesa Alera es la sucesora no al trono del reino de Hytanica, al ser la mayor de las hijas de los reyes, sino a ser la esposa del rey que ella misma debe escoger, siguiendo las tradiciones mismas del reino: la supremacía absoluta de los hombres tanto en organización como en poderío, mientras que las mujeres son relegadas a los trabajos domésticos y de etiqueta. Las costumbres de Hytanica son muy diferentes de aquellas del reino enemigo, Cokyri, donde son las mujeres quienes controlan las leyes y los gobiernos. Esta diferencia no hace más que acentuar la gran grieta entre los dos reinos nacida de una antigua rencilla cuando el ejército de Cokyri robó 50 hijos varones de Hytanica y sólo devolvió 49 cuerpos. Alera se rebelará contra las convenciones y la intención de su padre de casarla con Steldor y acabará enamorándose de un joven cokyri llamado Narian. Los reyes de Hytanica logran reconocer en Narian el niño 50 que había desaparecido, y abrirán sus brazos a su regreso. Pero los cokyri no dejarán que todo resulte tan sencillo y pronto estallará una guerra entre ambos reinos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459246003
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 06/15/2012
Series: The Legacy Trilogy , #1
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 882,964
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cayla Kluver was born on October 2, 1992, in Wisconsin. She has cats, dogs and horses, and watches more crime shows than is probably healthy. Her office is filled with twinkly lights, candles, and fun colors. She loves Robert Louis Stevenson and the Beatles. Legacy is her first novel. Visit Cayla at www.caylakluver.com, friend her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @CaylaKL.

Read an Excerpt



"I THINK I'M GOING TO VOMIT."

I paced in front of the barren fireplace that spanned most of one wall in my parlor, clasping and unclasping my hands. My younger sister, Princess Miranna, had retired to her quarters after breathlessly assuring me I would have a lovely evening, but then, she was much more enamored with the man I would be meeting for dinner tonight than I was. Now it was only London, my bodyguard and a member of the King's Elite Guard, waiting with me in the richly furnished room.

"You're not going to vomit, Alera. Just try to relax," London advised, one eyebrow raised in bemusement. He picked up a book from the table beside the burgundy velvet sofa and began to leaf through it.

"How can I possibly eat?" I asked, my voice sounding shrill even to my own ears. "I don't think I can go through with this."

"It's going to be fine. He's just another suitor, and like the rest of them, he has to impress you, not the other way around. Besides, as far as I can tell, you have no real interest in him, so I don't know why you're working yourself into such a state."

"You don't understand! If something goes wrong tonight, Father is going to be so disappointed."

"Well, unless you've made plans to marry Steldor that I don't know about, you're going to disappoint your father in the long run no matter what."

I stopped pacing and faced London, who had set the book back on the table and was now leaning against the tapestried wall by the door, arms crossed over his muscular frame. Unruly silver bangs fell across his forehead, contrasting sharply with his deep-set indigo eyes, which were fixed upon me in anticipation of a response. I fumbled for one; every moment I could feel the noose of my impending marriage growing tighter. With my seventeenth birthday just around the corner, a betrothal would soon be arranged, with or without my approval of the gentleman. The idea that Steldor might be that gentleman…

"But I can't stand him. How can I spend the whole evening with him?"

"It's just one evening. You can survive one evening." London hesitated, then teasingly added, "Besides, he may just win you over. I'm not one to underestimate the power of a romantic stroll in the garden."

"Please say he won't expect that of me!"

I stared at him, unable to find humor in such an awful possibility, and he tried to alleviate the worry he had inadvertently created.

"If he does, tell him you're feeling ill and that you must return to your quarters at once. He can't argue with that."

I sank into one of the plush armchairs that stood near the hearth, buried my head in my hands, and moaned. My father, King Adrik, had arranged for this dinner between Lord Steldor and me, for he felt Steldor was better suited to be his successor than anyone else in the kingdom. As the heir to the throne, I was to marry on that basis alone, for it was my husband, not I, who would come to rule Hytanica.

Even I had to admit that Steldor was the obvious choice. Three and a half years older than I, he was the son of Cannan, the Captain of the Guard, and had one year ago become a military field commander at the young age of nineteen. He was charming, intelligent and strong, with stunning good looks, but I had disliked him from the moment we had met.

A rap on the door interrupted my thoughts, and London stepped into the corridor while I fretfully plucked strands of my brown hair free of its upswept style.

"We'd better go," he said upon reentering, and I slowly rose from the chair. "I have just been informed that Steldor is waiting for you in the Grand Entry."

London opened the door for me, and we left my parlor to walk through the second-floor corridors of the Royal Residence toward the spiral staircase at the rear of the palace. In addition to my quarters and those of my sister and parents, the residence included a library, a family dining room, a kitchen and a visitor's parlor. The Royal Ballroom and the King's Dining Hall were the only areas on the second floor that were used for public events.

We descended the stairs, emerging into a lantern-lit corridor, and London offered his arm to escort me toward the palace's main entrance. As we walked, I hardly glanced at the intricate tapestries that adorned the walls, for my attention was drawn to the end of the hall where Steldor awaited me. Supporting himself with his left hand on the wall, he was flipping a dagger over and over in his right, impeccably positioned for maximum visual effect.

"Have fun," London said glibly, stopping midway down the passage, for my handsome dinner companion had noticed my approach.

"You're not going far, are you?"

"No, I would wager you'll need more protection tonight than on most occasions. Besides, I'd be a pretty poor chaperone if I did, although I will try to give you two lovebirds some privacy."

"Go ahead and enjoy yourself at my expense, won't you?" I complained, irritated by the tease that had once more crept into his voice.

Steldor had returned his dagger to its sheath and was striding toward me. Although he was dressed more informally than was usual for him, his deportment would have made any clothing appear elegant. He was tall, broad shouldered and well muscled, with dark brown hair that fell in a perfectly careless manner to just below his prominent cheekbones. His brown eyes were guaranteed to make most girls swoon, and his smile was irresistible, given his straight and even, white teeth.

"My lady."

Steldor bowed and kissed my hand. His eyes swept my form approvingly, taking in my shimmering gray gown and the silver locket that graced my neck. "Allow me to escort you to the dining room, Princess Alera."

With an uncomfortable glance at my bodyguard, Steldor drew me to his side, and I was certain London's demeanor had given warning of how closely he intended to monitor the captain's son. Suppressing a smile, I walked with Steldor through the remainder of the corridor, the savory smells from the kitchen arousing my appetite. At least I would be getting a delicious meal out of the evening.

The first-floor dining room was designed to accommodate intimate gatherings. There were twin marble fireplaces, one on each side of the room, with an oblong table that could seat forty-five centered in between. Three candlelit chandeliers were suspended above the table, and oil-burning lanterns were attached at intervals along the walls. A small, round table draped with white linen had been prepared for us at the far end of the room in front of the bay window. On it, two flickering candles provided subtle illumination, aided by the last glimmer of the day's sun. I sat across from Steldor and he offered me a glass of wine, which I accepted with some trepidation, having no more liking for wine than I did for the man extending the goblet.

"I have to say," Steldor observed, "you look exceptionally beautiful tonight, Alera."

He paused as if permitting me an opportunity to extend my flustered thanks. When none were forthcoming, he smiled.

"You seem a little overwhelmed…perchance from hunger, although it's not unusual for my company to have this effect upon women. Some food may restore you." With a flick of his hand he indicated to a servant that we were ready to receive our meal. "Some sustenance may enable you to find your voice as well."

I stared at the man my father desired me to wed, feeling ill-equipped to deal with his overly familiar attitude. The arrival of the kitchen staff with vegetable-laden platters, warm bread and roast grouse saved me from having to reply.

Steldor nodded curtly to dismiss the servants, then placed a slice of the sizzling game bird on each of our plates, permitting me to select my own vegetables and bread. We ate in silence for a time, although I found it difficult to do more than nibble, for his eyes continued to shamelessly peruse me.

"I hope we shall come to spend a great deal of time together," he finally said, his voice a practiced blend of honey and conceit, velvety smooth but with an undertone of boredom that not even he could conceal. Clearly this was not how he would have chosen to spend his evening free of duties. "Although I should caution you that the military demands much of me. I am well suited for such a life, of course— when I was at the Military Academy, my combat instructors had nothing but praise for me. As you probably know, I was allowed to graduate a year early due to my abilities."

Finished with his meal, he pushed his plate forward to rest his left forearm on the table's edge.

"After fifteen months as a foot soldier, I went into officer training and became the youngest field commander in Hy-tanican history. But despite the demands of my position, I find time to help train the students at the academy in hand-to-hand fighting. The instructors at the military school continue to hold me in high esteem and readily welcome my assistance."

I found myself paying more attention to his gestures than to his words as he droned on, for his movements were so fluid they seemed almost rehearsed. He paused to settle back in his chair, slowly swirling the wine in his goblet, once more perfectly posed.

"Of course, I didn't do anything special to win such admiration," he continued. "I was simply born with enviable talents. It was natural that I would become the favored one. You can understand that, can't you, Alera? It's much the same with you."

"And how is that like me at all?" I challenged, his arrogance at last goading me to reply.

"She speaks," he gently mocked, then elaborated. "Well, you didn't ask to be born into the royal family, did you? I likewise didn't ask to be the most admired man in the kingdom."

"More admired than my father? Well, then, I suppose I should feel honored just to be here with you."

"Alera, admiration isn't about wearing a crown. Your father is revered. But I have the eyes of an entire citizenry on me at every moment. That you cannot deny."

The churning in my stomach could no longer be attributed to nervousness. Just being in Steldor's company was making me physically ill. When I did not converse further, he glanced to the other side of the room where London was sitting in a chair, booted feet resting on the oblong table.

"It's a shame London has to be here, isn't it?"

"Perhaps from your point of view. I believe it's important that he diligently carry out his duties."

"Don't take offense, Princess," he said with a chuckle. "I only meant that, if we were alone, things could be a bit more… intimate."

He leaned closer and reached for my hand, dark eyes lazily scanning me as if I were a gift for him to unwrap.

"That would be improper, would it not?" I reproached, picking up my napkin to spoil his attempt.

"And have you never done anything improper, Princess?" he drawled, wearing an insufferably indulgent expression. He stood when my only response was a deep blush. "As you don't seem to be particularly hungry, I suggest we forgo dessert in favor of a stroll in the moonlight."

I tried to think of an excuse, or to remember London's advice, but my brain had stopped working. In combination with my dry mouth, I found myself speechless.

"I'll take that as a yes," he said, slipping a hand under my elbow to direct me to my feet. "To the garden, shall we?"

Steldor's arm snaked its way around my waist as he escorted me from the dining room, and London let his feet drop loudly to the floor, drawing our attention. He rose, his eyes connecting with mine.

"No need to keep such close watch," Steldor told him with a dismissive wave. "She's in good hands."

"That's an interesting assertion, considering your reputation," London replied, not about to let the young man out of his sight.

We walked down the corridor that London and I had earlier traversed, toward the rear of the palace and the garden that extended to the northern section of the walled city. Beyond the high stone wall stretched the forest that climbed into the foothills of the rugged Nineyre Mountains.

Steldor acknowledged the Palace Guards who were stationed at the rear entrance, then held one of the double doors open for me, but I vacillated, reluctant to go into the dusky grounds with him.

"I'm not sure this is a good idea," I fussed, still struggling for words, aware that my periodic lapses in speech might be attributed to girlish excitement, when in reality all I wanted was for the evening to be over.

"Of course it is—it's a beautiful night."

"I'm a bit cold, and I neglected to bring a wrap," I said lamely. The temperature was still comfortable, but since it was the beginning of May, a chill would advance as night settled over the land.

"Just stay near to me, Princess. I assure you I'll be able to keep you warm."

I nodded, and Steldor again draped his arm about my waist to guide me onward, one of the Palace Guards alerting the others who patrolled the area that I had entered the grounds.

Stars were beginning to glimmer in the clear nighttime sky as we strolled along the stone footpaths that wove through the walled garden, dividing it into sections. Although torches burned around its perimeter, their flickering light did not penetrate the garden's depths, and we depended on the moon for guidance. Steldor led me toward one of four double-tiered white marble fountains located on the paths, and I was certain he viewed our surroundings as spectacularly romantic, even while I dreaded every impending second.

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ReadergirlReviews More than 1 year ago
Let me start out by saying I was interested in this book before I found out it was written, at the time, by a fourteen year old. After I acquired it I discovered this fact and was even more intrigued and eager to read it. I was not disappointed. 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The books called legacy of secreats sorry. Mine are diffrent than yours
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been searching 4 the perfect book after reading the hunger games & dinner w/ a vampire. This is it! Can't wait 2 start reading the 2nd.
Suzie_Beth17 More than 1 year ago
Slow beginning but I grew to love this book!
Athena2010 More than 1 year ago
Unlike most of the people who wrote the reviews I disagree with them about the amount of details in the book. I don't think she did too much and it was nice to get the details and to be able to picture the book more clearly. For someone so young it was amazing the story she had written. I was caught up within the first chapter and had a hard time putting it down. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and romance. SPOILER ALERT!!! As much as I loved this book I was disappointed that she married Steldor! Narian should have come in and saved the day, im hoping they will finally manage to be together before the series ends
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Failed to Impress Review brought to you by r Annabell 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) The FULL review at more at openbooksociety dot com
LindaFictionFervor More than 1 year ago
Cayla Kluver’s writing is beautiful. Fluid. Descriptive. Eloquent. Yet there is a certain lack — or shall I say, excess? — to it. Cayla puts so much effort into description — describing dresses, which I understand to a point, considering that this story takes place in the eyes of a princess — but this description is completely overwhelming. And sometimes unnecessary. Honestly, who cares about the cut of a dress? There were other things that bothered me in this book, and all these things can be described in one word: clichéd. The love interests were clichéd, a large part of the plot was clichéd . . . I’m very prejudiced against clichés. I always want to read books that are unique. Different. Not the same old, same old “girl moves to new town and meets boy at new school and falls in love with boy” etc. Reading the same story over and over makes me cry and tear out my hair in frustration. So the characters. I adored Alera, though I believe that she might be just a little bit clichéd (yet I never tire of headstrong women discovering who they should be). Her loyalty to her bodyguards London and Destari; her love for her father (the King), her mother (the Queen), and her sister Miranna; and her duty as Crown Princess of Hytanica . . . all of that made me love her and her resolve and everything she represents to women. And Steldor . . . Steldor is that arrogant and pompous jerk that wants to marry Alera. And he would be crowned King if he did. Normally this would be the part where I rant on and on and on about why I hate him and etc., but an odd thing is . . . my sister likes him. So I had wondered why, and after I finished the book, she told me. “I think I like Steldor so much because he isn’t the obvious choice. And I think he actually does love Alera.” I might agree with her on both counts. Narian is the sort of bad boy that comes into a girl’s life . . . yet he is undeniably sweet to Alera. Though I had no trouble in believing in their romance (though I wish their romance would have been more gradual and not as fast), I do have a problem with Narian — getting over the fact that he’s quite handsome and is also quite sweet and is also quite a bad boy. He’s clichéd. Yes, all those things that I listed about him? Those are all clichéd. The plot of this book was, in large part, original. Though there were a few bumps here and there that I didn’t like (spoilers: why was the High Priestess captured? What was she doing there in the first place? Why did Narian leave the city so suddenly? AND WHY IN THE WORLD IS ALERA MARRIED TO STELDOR?), I generally enjoyed the surprises at every turn. But one thing I definitely did not enjoy in the book was that cliffhanger ending! Never have I ever read a book with as big a cliffie ending as Legacy. So be warned. And lastly, I wasn’t the biggest fan of this synopsis. I know synopses tend to be dramatic (and often give away spoilers, though that is not so much in this case), but the tone of the synopsis is completely different from the tone of this book. So people who are looking for blood and guts, you definitely will not find that in this enchanting love story. Legacy is an alluring love story that captured my heart mainly because it’s more than a love story. Legacy is a story about duty and sacrifice . . . and a choice a seventeen-year-old girl must make.
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an easy book to read that flowed well, and the story does keep a reader turning the pages. The setting is familiar to fantasy readers, but with a light touch of originality. The Amazon review that suggest it is something of a Jane Austen fantasy (in style, not quality!) is pretty accurate I think. Young adult fans of Tamora Pierce's Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, Book 1), or Robin McGinley's The Blue Sword would likely enjoy "Legacy."Like many others, my main issues stem from the author's inexperienced writing style. Yes, this was a great effort for 15 year old, not unlike "Eragon" was for Paolini. However, I wonder if the sequel will also be the huge disappointment that "Eldest" was to so many? And nobody seems to talk about that still unfinished series anymore. Kluver goes above and beyond in her descriptions of clothing and scenery, but she doesn't convey the passage of time well. This is especially true when Alera is undergoing secret training with Narian. All of a sudden she is accomplished at riding and a weapon? Wait! When did that happen? And while Alera's dialog and thoughts are realistic for a girl her age in this world, the other characters, especially her suitors, are left under-developed. This almost reads more like a diary, and may have been better done in that style. Lastly, I agree that nobody likes a cliffhanger. Even the first book in a trilogy should provide some resolution to leave a reader anticipating the sequel, not angry at being cheated. These are all problems that some serious editing, and more maturity, could have solved. While it was enjoyable, it could have been excellent. I'm not sure I'll be running out to get the sequel, if and when it ever comes out.Overall, I would recommend this only to young die-hard fantasy fans who love stories where the young heroine breaks the mold.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next book, Allegiance, to come out I will say it took about 100 pages for me to get into it. The writing seemed a little child like in some areas and I found some of the actions of the characters to seem unbelievable. I don't want to give any spoilers but I think it will become obvious as you read where certain actions just didn't seem to fit.Once I did get drawn into the story I was anxious to find out not only what would happen between Alera and Narian but also other characters like Alera's personal body guard, London, and I am curious to see Alera's suitor, Steldor's, true character. London is probably the character that has me the most hooked right now and there are so many mysteries surrounding him that I can't wait to see them unraveled.One warning, I did not realize this was only book 1 in a series and there was a LOT of setup and just when it seemed like the action was going to start you are left hanging for book 2. So be prepared to be hooked and then left wanting more.
KristaCarmen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Legacy is a tale narrated by Princess Alera in the unbearable position of an arranged marriage by her father, King of Hytanica, to the egotistical and irascible man known as Steldor. Alera finds herself in the position to defy her father when Narnia, a secretive boy from Cokyri, is brought before her father as an enemy. While trying to find a way out of this potential marriage, a century old war erupts between Hytanica, her home land, and the kingdom of Cokyri. Heroine Alera now must chose between becoming Queen of her homeland, or her hearts true love.....Legacy is the first book in a trilogy written by the young author of 16, Cayla Kluver. This story is very much a romance with fun characters that all have their own unique personality's. Kluver has done a wonderful job with the plot of her story and keeps you engaged and wondering what will happen next. We are left with a cliffhanger ending, which leaves you stupefied and ready for book 2, Allegiance. While I really enjoyed Legacy there was one downside. Kluver's writing, while good, was lacking and over descriptive at times to where I found myself skimming over useless information. But as a first novel (not to mention her age) I think she did an exceptionally good job and has tons of room to grow into a wonderful author! I'll be looking froward to continuing this series.
DesertMoon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Page-turning story of a princess, unlike stereotypical heroines, she's not a Tomboy, but rather a normal girl, somewhat spoiled, learning that life is larger than what she's been trained for.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cayla Kluver wrote this when she was 14! Unbelievable... the world that she has created is very impressive. It is extensively detailed, to the point where you can actually envision castle life. Her descriptions of people, places, foods, and clothing give it the feel for the medieval time it is set in.Alera is a fantastic heroine - I liked that she is passionate, adventurous and opinionated - especially in a world where women must rely upon men. There were a few times where she did frustrate me, but she is only 17 and under the influence of her father.Cayla's writing is superb for such a young age. Her writing style is simple but enjoyable. Although the story itself left me with many unanswered questions and, I will forewarn, the ending is a cliff-hanger (gosh, I hate those), but never fear it seems there will be two more books in this trilogy which will hopefully remedy that.All in all, this was much better than I thought it would be. Obviously it is not perfect, but the flaws can be overlooked. The story has a little bit of everything including twists and turns that were unexpected. I truly enjoyed reading about Alera and her family and will be reading the upcoming sequels. Ms. Kluver is a rising star that I will definitely be on the lookout for.
idroskicinia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts:I'm a huge fan of beautiful covers. So every time I see one, I fell in love with it and the only thing I can think about is to read it. This happened to me with Legacy. A gorgeous cover and amazing synopsis. Later, I found out that the author wrote this book when she was really young. (Fifteen years old I think) and that surprised me a lot.But the book didn't surprise me at all. At the beginning it looked really good, specially the preface, when we met the story about all the kidnapped baby boys, and that only one stayed missing forever. (Of course, the baby boy appears later in the story, that was obvious¿ but I liked this part a lot¿ It was really mysterious and dark!) But the story starts to fade away, and I found myself skipping pages and pages, something I hate to do.Sometimes when you start reading a good book, it swallows you. And what I want to say is that you can't stop reading until you finish it. This wasn't the case of "Legacy". This book instead of make me read, it pulled me back every time I tried to open it. I'm not saying the book is a bad book. The story was good, the main idea was awesome, but the development of it (In my opinion) was not so good, like a very slow zig zag with non-well defined characters.The characters were not credible, too childish, and sometimes boring¿ specially the main character, Alera, who I didn't like. There was nothing about her that make me like her¿ I didn't see anything! Narian was supposed to be the bad and good-looking guy, but his character needed also a lot of development. The only one I really enjoyed was London, but he disappears for a while and he doesn't show up until almost the end of the book.Like I said before, I wanted to like this book, so that is why I continue reading it, even though I wasn't enjoying it at all. But maybe this book wasn't my type at all.I give it 2 stars. It was Ok.
cleoppa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, I read this book to the end, which is more than I can say for some books of late.The story shows promise, but has a disjointed, unbelievable feel to it. It seems like it's in need of a good editor. First, what's with the name? When I first saw it, I thought it'd be a boarding school thing, where they have "legacies." Even after finishing it, I'm not sure what the connection of the title to the story is.Second, there's a lot of disbelievable things. Nothing major, just little nagging things. Like what world is this in? Pretty sure it's not on our earth, but why do they have the same calendar and holidays (like Christmas?). Made me curious with no answers. Or, what's with the guards. The narrator has a personal guard (sometimes more than one). They are with her constantly 24/7. Does that not seem a bit unbelievable? Wouldn't they have shifts?Or what's with her father? He's so eager to abdicate the throne to a 20 year old. So eager that he's practically forcing his daughter into a hated marriage. OK, I can understand a forced marriage. But his overabundantly eagerness to renounce his throne just seems... well, placed there was they had a plot angle.Finally, the whole thing just felt a little disjointed. Like subplots would be abandoned to other subplots, only to be taken up again when needed.Shows promise, but really should have more experienced author and editor.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have one major issue with this book - and that's that every single review mentions information about the author. I'm not going to mention that information here, because it clouded my initial impression of the story (in not a positive way). If you want to find the information I'm referring to, you can find it quite easily, but I'd encourage you to wait until you've finished reading Legacy.Because Legacy, this book, was a good, solid fantasy read. While elements were YA (very clean language, good values), others were quite adult (world building, adult decisions). I was blown away by how easily I got into the story and, quite honestly, I read this in two solid sittings because I needed to know what was going to happen. I had no intention to read it in a day - but everything else took second place to this story.Every teenage girl can find something to relate to in Alera. She's headstrong, but still dutiful, she wants to fall in love and get married to that love, but she understands putting herself behind her duty as a Princess and future Queen. She struggles with being "lessor" to the males in her kingdom and longs for something different when told how the other side (Cokyri) live. I loved the ups and downs of her struggles, admired her spine when it was needed, wished I had the presence of mind to make the decisions she had to make and just.. thoroughly enjoyed the character.If you are a regular reader of my reviews you know I like strong female characters. Add Alera of Legacy to that list and I'm very much looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
ExLibris_Kate on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
3.5 StarsLegacy is a story that is filled with court politics and intrigue, set in an alternative reality in a time when women were escorted everywhere and their choices in life were limited. It is with that knowledge that you must approach the story. Alera must chose a husband and her only approved choice is a pompous jerk, in her opinion. As she dodges his advances, the kingdom is once again drawn into war with their enemies, the Cokyrians, via a returned prisoner, Narian. A web of mystery and intrigue is woven artfully throughout this book, and it is full of beautiful gowns, sword fights and secret meetings.I was surprised at how long it took for the book to get to the conflict between the two kingdoms, but when it does, it is a page turner. The character of Alera is not as outwardly defiant as many other young adult novels I read, but she is not without a voice. Although women do not really have a say in in political operation of the kingdom, Alera starts to slowly assert her opinions and desires and I believe that the next book will bring even bigger changes fr her. The romance was sweet, but there were hints that not everything is as it seems, which makes me interested to see where the series eventually takes the reader. Overall, it was a story with good world building and plenty of untied plot points to make you anxious to read the next book.
alaiel.kreuz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Princess Alera of Hytanica and her younger sister, Miranna, had a rather peaceful and easy life. Their parents had to endure the cruelty of a war against the Cokyrians and suffered the lost of the rightful heir to the throne which caused Alera's father to become King.The Cokyrians never won but they stole the smiles of 49 Hytanican houses for they took with them one newborn from each. After a while the corpses of the infants were found at the city gates... Except that there was a boy who was never found and, after the days continue to pass, it became obvious that the child could only be dead.Time passed and peaceful times fell upon Hytanica. But there was a new matter at hand: Alera, soon to be Queen, had to marry a young man to be her King. Why was this so important? Hytanica was a patriarchal place and no woman could rule for it was the job of a man.And the suitor her Father had chose was not the one she thought would make her happy...Steldor, for that was his name, was the son of Cannan, the man who ruled the soldiers. And Steldor was nothing bur pompous and arrogant. Always flirting, always mocking, he knew he was good looking and took advantage of it. The only prey that never fell for his looks was Alera and that only made Steldor more eager to get her.But the peaceful times were shaken when a Cokyrian woman was arrested inside the Palace by Alera's bodyguard, London (who was also some sort of father for her and best friend). And after the Cokyrian woman escaped a boy, one year younger than Alera, was also arrested.And this boy was the one who charmed Alera, the one who made her heart beat faster... But he was Cokyrian. Somehow, she was trapped between her desires and her loyalty.Personal opinion:I fear my review is going to be full of contradictions for I liked and disliked the book equally. But I'll explain why and what.I liked the world Cayla created for this book for it was very described and built. But at the same time I found myself skipping paragraphes and maybe a few pages full of details about the festivities, rooms or moods. And I usually read every description but I fear that I was to eager to know what was going to happen next, what was a character going to say or do to bother with so much detail about decorations.Saying that I know a lot of people who enjoy this fully and well developed descriptions and it would help them to picture Hytanica in its full glory.The fact that the story is telled by Alera is at the same time good and not so good. I enjoyed being inside her head, the questions she always had, her desire to understand and to participate made me like her a lot. But at the same time, since she is a girl in a world ruled by men she is almost always, left aside and oblivious of plots and dangers. I felt so frustrated when she was only pacing back and forth in her room!So, as you can see, this can be good and bad at the same time: you will like her but you will feel as trapped as she does.The patriarchal society of Hytanica is a thing that I can say I hate but understand so no problems with that. This is one of the things that Alera struggles too and it helped me to create a bond with her.As for the love triangle all I can say is that I didn't like Steldor too much but I don't hate him either... it's difficult to have an opinion about him since sometimes he can be nice but most of the time he is so... so... well, so Steldor which means arrogant and petulant.And Narian, who is the one I'm rooting for, is the only character I never fully met. I mean, yes, he is in the book but her appears a few times (it's a good thing almost all of them are worthy) and never really develops a relationship per se with Alera.So, will I continue with the series and read Allegiance? Yes, I'm going to. Why? Because this story has a lot of potential and I want to see it blossom.
summerskris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book starts with Alera¿s seventeenth birthday, at which time she has only one year in which to choose a suitor to wed. Her father¿s choice is Steldor, an arrogant young man with an outstanding military background, one that Alera finds hard to match in another suitor. The pressure of choosing a suitor increases when a Cockyrian is caught infiltrating the palace and an impending war looms before the Hytanicans.Reading Legacy, I appreciate my life. I don¿t have to worry about offending the wrong people, my dad can¿t threaten to use the law against me (because he isn¿t the law), and I don¿t have to marry for the good of the people. That would be a big burden, and it¿s understandable why Alera becomes rebellious.Alera is a wonderful character. She¿s stubborn and independent, but she knows when to back off. I really hated to see her give in to her father¿s demands, to see her allow Steldor to court her. At the same time, I have to appreciate her respect for social conventions even if she pushes it at other times because I can see how hard it is for her to do so. Because she realizes that as crown princess, her decisions affect other lives.Not to say that she isn¿t the perfect princess. She meets Narian even when her most trusted bodyguard London warns her that he can¿t be trusted. That she can¿t grow attached to him when she must marry another. Alera also makes questionable decisions at times, such as risking her image and honor when sneaking out of the palace with Narian.At first, I really did hate Steldor. He appears cocky and indifferent to everyone but for himself, and he is cocky. But his lack of indifference soon becomes apparent. There¿s one person he isn¿t sure about: Alera. Towards the end of the novel, I grew fond of Steldor and began hoping that Alera would give him a chance.As for Narian, He¿s an enigma. Having been raised by Cockyrians, Narian respects women, and he treats Alera as an equal. It¿s only natural for her to be flattered and want to grow closer to Narian. However, it is apparent that Narian has his secrets. I honestly don¿t know where the story¿s going, making me anticipate Allegiance, the next installment in this series.I recommend Legacy to those who love medieval legends mixed with some fantasy elements and spiced with forbidden love.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Princess Alera is too young to recall a time when her kingdom had not been at peace, but when a Cokyrian breaches the castle grounds with questionable motives, she gets a quick history lesson about the horrific war 16 years ago that ended with the death of newborns. No sooner was the Cokyrian captured, however, did the enemy manage to escape! Alera wants to find more about it, but her father feels that she should focus her pretty, little head on deciding which suitor to marry and leave all the war concerns to him. Too bad all the suitors are either boring or full of themselves ¿ and the only boy that Alera finds remotely interesting is the Narian who had been kidnapped by the Cokyrians during the war and recently escaped from their clutches.I have mixed feelings on Legacy ¿ on the one hand, the story has much potential and piqued my curiosity for the world that Carla Kluver created; on the other hand, I did not particularly care for the characters themselves. Told from Princess Alera¿s perspective, I did not connect with her and she came across as a little immature to expect herself able to run a kingdom, despite her father¿s misgivings. If she had demonstrated more efforts to prove her worth as a ruler instead of simply resisting her father¿s approved suitor, I would have seen more reason to her reluctance. I wish that we had more of Narian - the enemy who challenges Alera to fight against the norm of thinking women as the weaker sex. The ending is quite abrupt ¿ I thought it was a rather awkward point of the story to end on - just when Alera's heart begins to break! I hope the characters kick it up a notch or two in time for the sequel because, if not, I don¿t know if the story will be enough for me to continue on.
alana_leigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really should have seen it coming. After reading for about 150 pages with the nagging thought of "Jeez, it's like a teenager wrote this"... Surprise! A teenager *did* write it! Cayla Kluver evidently wrote Legacy when she was 14/15... and it shows. Don't get me wrong, she would have been a wildly talented and creative 14-year-old, but that doesn't mean we need to publish it. The world she creates is inconsistent and patchy, but its scale is large and there are certain plotpoints that aren't bad at all, even if the details and the characters fail. Alera is the eldest princess of Hytanica, a deeply misogynistic land where the King only has two daughters, so obviously whoever marries Alera will be the next king. The time/setting appears to be kind of pseudo-Rennaissance era, where Christianity is the only religion and the monarchy presides over a relatively small country. Hytanica's other defining feature (besides the belief that women are weak and useless, I mean) is fear of its mysterious neighbor, Cokyri. Hytanica should have been demolished sixteen years prior in a war with Cokyri, but the enemy mysteriously withdrew from their advantage (after kidnapping and then leaving the corpses of nearly fifty Hytanican male babies at the gates the day they left). Only one child's body was never recovered -- so I think we can all guess what's coming with this little tidbit. Everyone seems to know this much about the war, but that's about the extent of Alera's knowledge (beyond wildly "feminine" things like embroidery, dancing, and household management). But that's all politics that Alera has obviously never been interested in before, or else she might know even a single fact about all that. Instead, Alera's biggest problem is that her eighteenth birthday is, traditionally, when the princess is supposed to marry and her only real option (or the only real option her father is gunning for) is Steldor, who resembles Gaston from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. After Alera blunders along for a while, doing things like turning in her best friend/trusted guard for knowing a wee bit too much about Cokyri than he lets on after a Cokyrian prisoner goes missing, we eventually get to the point where another Cokyrian named Narian is captured -- but no! It's actually the missing Hytanican child, son to nobles, who grew up to be Alera's romantic counterpart, though obviously he cannot be trusted and Dad's still pushing for Steldor and what's what you say? A war might begin unless Narian is returned to them because he's the key to a prophesy for bringing about the downfall of Hytanica? Mm-hmm.Seriously, guys, I think the publishing world has only done Kluver a disservice by publishing this work. Legacy could have been something excellent had she spent a few more years living/revising. As I understand it, Legacy was originally self-published and now Harlequin Teen is picking it up, but apparently, they didn't want to waste money on an editor (or Kluver had enough pull to be able to reject every rational change). It feels like no work was done on this manuscript to help Kluver patch up the inconsistencies or guide her to add some depth to her characters -- even if she couldn't create characters that you don't want to punch in the face. Repeatedly. Alera is boring and rather slow on the uptake -- a painful example of a heroine that we're supposed to like just because we're told to, without any reasons. She's not very smart and she has no hobbies, wit, sparkle, or emotional depth. She makes poor decisions, going along with whatever others propose, and seems to have lived her entire life without an ounce of curiosity -- prior to now (else how can we explain her total lack of knowledge of her own country's history or its conflict with Cokyri?). Steldor comes off as self-absorbed and cruel, but Kluver wants you to think he's more than that, and so she tosses in enough contradictory behavior (which only succ
LeanneSF on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful first novel by a promising young writer! Princess Alera is an endearing female protagonist attempting to decide whom to marry and make king of Hytanica before her 18th birthday. Kluver's world-building was intricate with the creation of the male-dominated society of Hytanica, as well as its opposite, female-respected enemy, Cokyri. When a long-lost son of Hytanica's nobility, Narian, returns (having been stolen by Cokyri), tension and conflict ensues as Alera's bubble of reality is burst by his demeanor and appraising attitude toward women in general and to her in particular. As her feelings for him evolve, Alera facies a crucial life-changing choice, a choice Kluver poses as a central theme in the novel: "At some point, the choice you will face is whether to carry out your duties or live your life."I was immediately drawn into this novel, and cheered Alera on with her emerging questions about the world around her, as well as her attempts to assert herself in the kingdom's matters. I enjoyed her mentorlike friendship with her personal guard, London, and her interactions with the mysterious Narian. I commiserated with Alera as she noted the lack of substance in her female circle and shared her abhorence of the arrogance and pettiness of Steldor, the suitor favored by her father. I became emotionally invested in this story and was elated/crushed throughout the book. I cannot wait for the sequel, Allegiance, to find out what happens next!I would wholly recommend this book to anyone who loves YA fantasy, especially fans of Tamora Pierce, Maria Snyder, Kristen Cashore, and Robin McKinley.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What really got me about this book is the great pacing of it. As you read it, everything is given to you little by little so you are not left behind or given too much. You were given just enough to keep you entertain in the book and never bored.The storyline for one is awesome! The reader is immediately put into a town that had a bad history. I really loved it when a book starts off with a great history not only to the characters but the story as well. I love how well the story just kept on going with so much information that you just devoured it. There was so much to read. All the information based on the city, the king, their kingdom was cool.Alera is a strong characters. She comes off as fresh yet she is her own self. She knows what is expected of her but want to follow her heart. I loved Alea attitude with things. At times she was so dramatic it made me laugh. She is very insightful about things and is selfless.The love interest was good but had me confused at times. I was so sure that when I started reading that there was something about London, but no, I was wrong. Which I like cause Ms. Kluver really kept me on my toes. Nothing was predictable in this book. Nothing. The love interest played well with the history of the kingdom and really escalated into an awesome forbidden love.Legacy is a great historical book with a great plot line. I enjoyed reading every single word in that book. It made me smile, laugh, and most of all, made me feel the story. Ms. Kluver writing was easy to read so you fell into the story quickly.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not really sure what I was expecting with Legacy, bit it didn't really live up to my expectations. In fact, it ended up far below them. While it was a quick and easy read, it was just not executed well at all. I really think the ideas in here are good, and the overall plot is fairly interesting, but poor writing made it very hard to stick with this book. Basically, the author, Cayla Kluver, is only about 16, and it showing. The writing is incredibly amateur, weak, and lacks both depth and personal experience. Legacy may work for some Harlequin readers, as they aren't exactly looking for great, in-depth literature, but I've read much better releases from them. I think that Kluver does have some potential as a writer, but she really needs to take some writing classes and learn how to tighten up her sentences, make pacing work better for her and just polish her writing more. I'm honestly surprised that this didn't happen through all of the copy editing, but perhaps it was rushed to publication -or they just didn't pay as much attention to it. I'm not really sure what happened here, but it just didn't work.Legacy might pass as a decent beach read, but I wouldn't bother with it for much more than that.