Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (June 28, 2011)
Buy the Book: Amazon
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.
Legacy will suck you in instantly. It's in the medieval-ish times, so there are princesses, knights, kings and queens. The main character, Princess Alera is pretty cool because she isn't too girly, and she lets a boy teach her to fight, when women quite obviously aren't allowed to fight.
So this book is about Alera, the Crown Princess of Hytanica. She is always in charge of planning parties and events, which I think is really awesome, seeing as there are always like, four hundred guests or more and that would be an epic party. She is a really cool character because she is always trying to sneak around to do/know things she isn't supposed to do/know because they aren't "ladylike" or "for women to worry about" but she wants to know/do it anyway. One big thing that you should know about her is that she isn't at all crazy about her suitor, Steldor, who has the most gigantic ego ever!
Anyway, when Alera turns seventeen, she is supposed to start to decide on a suitor to be the future king, but she only has one, and he is NOT the person Alera wants to spend the rest of her life with... or any time at all for that matter. When she is trying to avoid him one day, she meets up with a mysterious hooded person in the garden. The person turns out to be the leader of Hytanica's worst enemy! The King orders the hooded woman to be thrown in the dungeon. But a few days later she escapes! Alera's bodyguard, London, is the prime suspect and he is demoted from his position as Alera's bodyguard and banished from the palace. Soon after that Alera is assigned a new bodyguard, Tadark, who is the most annoying guard in the palace! He won't leave her side for an instant! A few days later when Alera goes outside for a walk she sees a boy being dragged into the palace. His name is Narian and you can tell that she instantly falls for him, and they are perfect for each other. When Alera is assigned to visit and keep an eye on him they fall even deeper in love. So, this book is really big and there is sooo much more to say, all of it good, but I don't think I can fit it all in here!
I love this book and it is all good. I really liked that it was in that time period, and that there was fighting AND romance! The only thing is that the men are in charge. In that way I like Cokyri better because they are ruled by women. But the bottom line is... THIS BOOK ROCKS!!
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- Sexual Content: Mild/Moderate
- Profanity: Minor
- Violence: Moderate
- Other Notables: legal drinking, dark magic