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Legacies (Shadow Grail #1)

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  2,310 Ratings  ·  265 Reviews
Who—or what—is stalking the students at Oakhurst Academy?

In the wake of the accident that killed her family, Spirit White is spirited away to Oakhurst Academy, a combination school and orphanage in the middle of Montana. There she learns she is a legacy—not only to the school, which her parents also attended, but to magic.

All the students at Oakhurst have magical powers, a
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ebook, 320 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC (first published June 29th 2010)
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Loralee
Jul 23, 2011 Loralee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Page 186 was good. That was when the teenagers discovered a hidden basement whose secret rooms hid objects belonging to the many teenagers who'd disappeared from their private school, as well as files marked "Tithed." Chilling.

And page 282 was pretty good too, an action scene during the fight when the teenagers set a trap for their enemies and attacked.

In a book over 300 pages long, that's a pretty poor score.

I always wonder, when I slog through a book like this, why it is that fabulous writers
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Cecelia
Nov 01, 2011 Cecelia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boarding schools. Myths and legend. Orphans. Wish fulfillment. Questionable authority figure behavior. Add in a little mystery, a dollop of angst and the faintest hint of teenage romance, and you’ve got Legacies, the first in a series by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill. The Shadow Grail books feature magical teen orphans who are sent to a Montana boarding school called Oakhurst – and the school is hiding secrets and peril. Wondering if Legacies ticks ALL of the cliché boxes? It does, withou ...more
JJ
Jul 27, 2016 JJ rated it did not like it
Spirit White loses her entire hippie family in a car crash and is sent to live at Oakhurst Academy, where she learns she's a Legacy, a magician. Everyone at Oakhurst has one or more magic gifts that fall into one or more of the four schools of magic, based on the four elements - fire, water, earth and air. Poor Spirit can't seem to figure out what her power is, though--

--Yeah, her name is Spirit. Spirit. Get it? GOSH, I WONDER WHAT HER POWER IS GOING TO TURN OUT TO BE!

Substitute plot and origin
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Stace
Aug 15, 2010 Stace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wish Goodreads would give us the option of 1/2 stars because I would have liked to rate this a 2.5. I found enough of it better than just "ok", but I can't really say I liked the book. What I did like was the "idea" of what the book was about. Unfortunately most of it seemed to follow a very basic formula. You have the geek (Lachlan), the goth/rebel (Muirin), the brain (Adelaide,)the jock (Burke) and the lost girl who can't find her magic (Spirit)all thrown together to fight the unknown ...more
Mike
Jul 06, 2010 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every once and a while the fine folks at Tor will send me a title which doesn’t quite jive with my demographic. This time around I decided to give one of those titles a chance. Legacies is the start of a new YA series by collaborates Rosemary Edghill and Mercedes Lackey, who previously worked together on the Bedlam’s Bard Series over at Baen. The series opens with heroine Spirit recovering in the hospital after a car accident which left her as the only surviving member of her family. It isn’t to ...more
Beverly
This series tries too hard to be Harry Potter and then, when it realizes it can't quite live up to the hype, veers away sharply and without much explanation. It tries too hard to mix in 'modern' life with magic and doesn't succeed. Instead, the characters come off bland and relatively uninteresting, interesting plot points are tossed aside when they could have been explored at greater length, and the whole book can be written off as a teeny-bopper Harry Potter. None of the characters had any dep ...more
Joy
Jul 25, 2014 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, urban-fantasy
Rosemary Edghill is the co-author. I actually think she's the better author and has collaborated many times with Lackey.

Lot of questions left to answer in the further episodes of this DARK Hogwarts. It seems to a tie-in with the Urban Elves world already created by Lackey starting with Bedlam's Bard but I could be wrong. Very kid friendly reading which is a big fantasy market now.
Sesana
Legacies is set at Oakhurst, a Hogwarts-like school for magicians. (I might have been able to forget that Oakhurst was like Hogwarts, if the authors didn't keep reminding me.) Every student at the school is an orphan, and all (or most) are children of Oakhurst graduates. Nobody questions the high mortality rate of Oakhurst grads. Every year, roughly eight students go missing, sometimes with a paper-thin cover story. (Such as getting sent to a Muggle hospital to have a broken limb repaired, inste ...more
The BookWhisperer
In the past I have had some trouble reading anything that was written by Mercedes Lackey; I felt that I struggle finding a connection with this authors writings. Although, I was excited and anxious to get my hands on this book and take it for a spin. Having finished I can now say that this was not the absolute best book that I have ever read. With an enjoyable storyline I did find myself able to make progression in the book, and this being a determining factor into a books rating was beneficial ...more
Aunt Edie
This book reminds me of the first Percy Jackson, maybe just a couple of years older. And that isn't an insult. I thoroughly enjoyed The Lightning Thief. And I really enjoyed Legacies. You can glance through the other reviews and read lots of faults others found with the book. All of them true. But none of that stopped me from turning the pages with delight. Maybe I was just in a really good mood when I read it. Because when I stop and think about it, there isn't anything particularly new or inte ...more
Julia
Oct 30, 2011 Julia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This pulled too much from Harry Potter - orphaned and sent to live at a magical school...and from there it was just boring. Spirit is mopy, understandably since her family died, but that's all really. And the plot is thin, so so thin. Anyone who has ever heard of the Wild Hunt will be annoyed at how long it takes to come up with the answer and it was too convenient that the hunt happens to be composed of ghost riders, fae SUVs, and a demon hunter, just so that each of the three pairs has some pa ...more
Kogiopsis
I wanted to enjoy this book much more than I did. I really love Mercedes Lackey's work, so naturally I was thrilled to get my hands on this ARC. However, I found it to be cliche, predictable, and disappointing.
Three things-
1. Oakhurst is scenery porn. There's no way around it. Every time someone started describing how sumptuous this place was, I gagged.
2. Spirit? What a terrible, terrible name. You'd think she would have some kind of bearable nickname to lighten the burden. I got really, really
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Jenny
Mar 03, 2011 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted at: http://supernaturalsnark.blogspot.com...


MY THOUGHTS
Legacies is a story not entirely original in nature, focusing on a boarding school for students with magical abilities, but despite its familiar premise, Ms. Lackey and Ms. Edghill infuse their world with a lingering darkness we've not encountered before. Instead of being a nurturing environment designed to foster trust and understanding of the use of magic, Oakhurst Academy has a rather sinister edge where students
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Shelley
*Genre* Young Adult
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

After a devastating car accident takes away 15 year old Spirit White's family and a fire destroys her home while she's in the hospital recovering, the mysterious Oakhurst Academy steps in and welcomes her into their fold. Apparently one of her parents once went to school there, therefore she is a so called legacy, and is also a powerful magician, which isn't necessarily news Spirit wants to hear right now.

From what I've been reading recently, Oakhurst
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The BookWhisperer
In the past I have had some trouble reading anything that was written by Mercedes Lackey; I felt that I struggle finding a connection with this authors writings. Although, I was excited and anxious to get my hands on this book and take it for a spin. Having finished I can now say that this was not the absolute best book that I have ever read. With an enjoyable storyline I did find myself able to make progression in the book, and this being a determining factor into a books rating was beneficial ...more
Beverly
Jan 12, 2011 Beverly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This series tries too hard to be Harry Potter and then, when it realizes it can't quite live up to the hype, veers away sharply and without much explanation. It tries too hard to mix in 'modern' life with magic and doesn't succeed. Instead, the characters come off bland and relatively uninteresting, interesting plot points are tossed aside when they could have been explored at greater length, and the whole book can be written off as a teeny-bopper Harry Potter. None of the characters had any dep ...more
Kamisha
Nov 12, 2011 Kamisha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book did not hold my interest well at all. The story seemed underdeveloped, I didn't find myself caring about any of the characters at all and the editing was really bad. Words were constantly being repeated either in the same sentence or the sentence right after it. They used the word "emo" too much and for the wrong reason sometimes. I thought the ending would redeem the book a little but it ended up just being disappointing.

The only reason I would consider continuing to read this series
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LadyTechie
Jul 19, 2010 LadyTechie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book started out with a similar premise to a couple other YA urban fantasies. Despite that and my hatred of snow, it had real emotion and a great backdrop in Montana. The story that follows the development of friendship and "family" is good along with the fear of being different that everyone goes through. In addition, there was a good mystery that I look forward to seeing how the story develops and the students grow in the next book.
Kathryn
It took me a bit to get into this book. And it frustrated how long it took the characters to figure out the protagonist. However, the longer I read, the more I got into the book. By the time I finished, I found I was looking forward to reading the sequel. There is just so much more left to the story.
Andrea Hussey
May 22, 2012 Andrea Hussey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To start off it wasn’t very well written. Ex. She tried to move her arms, but she couldn’t, then tried to open her eyes, but she couldn’t do that, either. Her head really hurt. More every second. And now it hurt to breathe, too.
It really sounded as if a child was explaining things.

Then there was the shortening down of phrases that shouldn’t have been done:
Why they had to live back of beyond of everything was just one more instance of the ‘rents being holdover hippies.
It didn’t matter if you had
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J.c. Drost
In reality of this book is rated 2.5 stars. I like it, but not enough for 3 stars.

If I had to give any opinion about this book, I'd say that it read like a first draft. There was too much attention paid to the scenery and not enough paid to character development. The plot really didn't get started until page 90. The list goes on.

I’ve been a huge Mercedes Lackey fan for years, and when I saw that she had started a new series, I jumped at it. I glanced at the back cover, saw that it was a young ad
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Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Fun magical book filled with mystery, interesting characters, and murder. The plot was a little convenient, and there were parts that dragged but overall it was a good read.

Opening Sentence: Someone was moaning.

The Review:

Spirit White has just had a terrible accident, where her whole family was killed. She was left severely wounded and has been recovering for the last month. Now she is being sent to the Oakhurst Academy. She has never hear
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Jesse
Mar 12, 2013 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sixteen year-old Spirit White's life is turned upside-down in one terrifying moment when she is the sole survivor of an automobile accident which claims the lives of the rest of her family. As she is navigating the long road to physical and emotional recovery in the hospital, she learns that her family home has burnt to the ground, and all of her possessions were lost. With no home left, and with no other relatives, she suddenly finds herself at the doorstep of the Oakhurst Academy--a sumptuous ...more
Natasha
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Doris
Sep 16, 2012 Doris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book had sharp reminders of 2 other orphaned-teens-at-a-magical-academy series, it was well written with a good theme. One of the main issues I have always had with Lackey is that the ending tends to be - predictable. Lamentably, she held true to that in this writing. Edgehill, whom I first encountered in another joint venture with Lackey (Music to My Sorrow) tends to write Regency Romance stories. In a weird way, those two threads joined together, as we see the beginnings of a cou ...more
Kay
Apr 27, 2013 Kay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i had alot of hope for this book, as it started out really strong. it just got weaker and weaker as it went along, and i could tell which bits mercedes lackey wrote as opposed to the other author whos name escapes me. because her writing style and obsession with horses shows though. a collaboration is supposed to be seamless unless otherwise particular.
i really enjoyed the beginning of it. i loved the intrigue of figuring out what a legacy is (BUT I STILL DONT KNOW. THEY NEVER TOLD US!!) and the
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Cornerofmadness
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Mieneke
Legacies is a YA fantasy, written by a well-oiled team. Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edgehill have written nine adult novels together in the Elves on the Road universe, all published by Baen. I've enjoyed all of those, so I was curious to see what they would make of a YA story. It's a Lackey novel, so I was always going to read it, but I was glad I read it as it was an entertaining story and I flew through it. Legacies is a classic magical boarding school story, though more X-men's Xavier Instit ...more
Brenda Lower
Apr 20, 2013 Brenda Lower rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, fantasy
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Spirit White remembers little of the car accident that killed her parents and little sister. All she can see is something darker than night, and then the accident. Waking up in the hospital afterwards, she has little motivation to live, and after a fire at her home, no belongings to keep. Spirit is surprised to learn that a school called Oakhurst Academy is taking care of hospital bills, plus providing a place for her to live after sh
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Lexie
Legacies is (yet another) teenage boarding school paranormal where seemingly average girl goes off to mysterious and slightly too good to be true boarding school, finding herself smack dab in the middle of an evil plot. I couldn't tell you how many books I've read this year alone with this idea, but I will tell you I was excited to see Rosemary Edghill and Mercedes Lackey together on this. Been a long time fan of both and though they've worked together before (Bedlam's Bard series) I was interes ...more
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &am ...more
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“Doctor Ambrosius smiled slightly. "You and all the others here, are-or rather, one day will be-magicians."
Spirit broke into a disbelieving laugh.
"Right," she said, starting to stand up. Mean, she could deal with; crazy was something else. "Thank you, Professor Dumbledore. I hope the train hasn't left yet, because-”
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