Legacy by Cayla Kluver

Author: Cayla Kluver
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: 6-28-11
As Princess Alera’s 17th birthday approaches she knows that she must choose someone to marry and serve as King of Hytanica. Her choice of suitor doesn’t make her happy at all. When a mysterious by her age is captured inside the palace grounds, Alera’s heart is torn between trusting him and loving him. 

Legacy 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.

This book earned 3.5 birds, round it 4.

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