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Legacies (Shadow Grail #1)

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  1,891 ratings  ·  235 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
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
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
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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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
Stace
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
Joy
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.
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
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
Julia
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
Anila
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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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*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
Lacey Weatherford
What I thought:
I picked this book up off of Amazon after I was asked if I might be interested in review the second one before it was released. I figured I should check this one out first and see if I liked it before I committed, and I'm happy to say I really enjoyed this book.

Fans of the Harry Potter series will probably enjoy this one, since it has kind of a "Hogwarts Goes American" kind of feel to it. Not everything is the same as that series, of course,...this one doesn't dwell on the spells
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Mike
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
Kamisha
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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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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William Bentrim
Legacies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill


This is most definitely a YA book. That is not to disparage it but a caution that it may be a bit juvenile and if that turns you off , you should be aware of that fact. Spirit White finds herself thrust into horrific circumstances. Losing her entire family in a mysterious auto accident, she ends up in a pseudo Hogwarts Academy.

This story is centered on a group of kids who have all ended up as wards of a school of magic. They have all been orphaned
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Kat
I had previously read The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey, and I really enjoyed it, so I assumed I'd really enjoy this novel. Oh, how wrong I was.

Firstly, I would like to point out that as far as I know, there was no mention as to why this series was called "The Shadow Grail".

Secondly, the character's name is Spirit. Spirit. S P I R I T. Can we just talk about that name for a second? And her sister's name is Pheonix. I tried to get past the name, and I more or less succeeded (I finished
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LadyTechie
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.
Courtney
Apr 02, 2014 Courtney rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans, people who like books about magic,
This was a fantastic book. I wish I could give it 5 stars. However, I can't because there were parts in it where I was left completely confused, like they had cut out a vital sentence or two. I still can't figure them out. So I can't give it 5 stars for that reason alone. However, if you can learn to ignore that confusing parts this is a really good book. I am very happy with it, I can't wait to start the second book. I can't wait to find out what Spirits power is..... because you can't just NOT ...more
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.
Emma E
I hate giving up on books. And I tried. I gave this book 111 pages of my life. And even the first disappearance was so lukewarm that I couldn't bring myself to care where these kids were going. It had a promising premise and decent start that went right downhill with the snooze worthy orientation to the school and the environment.

I'm going back to Hogwarts for my next dose of magical teens. They've got their act together rather than lets discover your magic in a stressful situation and have you
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Samuel Lubell
After Spirit's parents are killed in an accident, she is taken in by the mysterious Oakhurst Academy and told she is a magic power that the school will train. But none of the tests can identify her power. Meanwhile students in the school are disappearing so Spirit and her friends try to find out what is happening. A lot of the book feels like a set up for a series, which of course it is, and there are hints that the school and headmaster are up to no good that may play out later. The authors get ...more
Kimberly
Spirit is the only survivor from the car accident that killed the rest of her family. to her surprise she learns that she's to go to an elite boarding school, something her parents had arranged in case of a situation like this.
She learns that many of the students are in the same situation. Then there is a whole new world- the one of magic. As the story unfolds she and her friends learn there's more to the academy than anyone ever realized. Missing children, secrets, ending with a battle towards
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Alison
Maybe more like 1.5 stars?

Flat. I felt no connection at all to the characters. None. I kept pushing myself to get through it. The story just dragged on and on.
I also feel that the plot was so thin that is was basically see through.
There was no climax. It was just a long, dragged out book. There's zero romance. If there was supposed to be some, they didn't do it right.

I feel it could have just been so much better. It really did pull off a bit from Harry Potter I feel, but yet it didn't at the s
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Furrawn
I fell into this book and lived with the characters.

Yes, Harry Potter is mentioned in passing. Wouldn't you mention Harry Potter if you found yourself discovering magic was real while at a school? Harry Potter is merely a cultural reference. The same as EMO, iPods, etc.

The main character loses her family and is brought to an school to live because she's a legacy. Students are disappearing. She & her new friends work to solve the mystery.

It's a great escapist read. Onwards to book number two:
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Dorri
Jul 12, 2010 Dorri rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stephie
Shelves: fantasy-urban
Spirit White is an accidental surviver of a horrific crash that killed her entire family. When she awakens from the crash she learns that her parents had a will that left her in the care of Oakhurst Academy, a place that is one part orphanage, one part school for the magically gifted and entirely creepy. With new freinds, Burke Hallows, Lachlann Spears, Muirin Shae, and Adelaide Lake, she might actually find herself liking Oakhurst, if only the magically gifted kids would stop mysteriously dissa ...more
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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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 & ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Shadow Grail (4 books)
  • Conspiracies (Shadow Grail, #2)
  • Sacrifices (Shadow Grail, #3)
  • Victories (Shadow Grail, #4)
Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar, #1) Magic's Pawn (Valdemar: Last Herald-Mage #1) By the Sword (Valdemar: Kerowyn's Tale, #1) Magic's Price (Valdemar: Last Herald-Mage #3) Arrow's Fall (Heralds of Valdemar, #3)

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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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