My...Historical Fiction after so long! Here it is Legacy by Cayla Kluver.
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I noticed his eyes. They were blue, sharp aMy...Historical Fiction after so long! Here it is Legacy by Cayla Kluver.
Here is the summary of the book:
I noticed his eyes. They were blue, sharp and intense. Despite the youthful glows of his suntanned face, his eyes were cold and unfriendly, suggesting he had great experience in the world and was now expecting the worst. In her seventeenth year, Princess Alera of Hytanica faces one duty: to marry the man who will be king. But her father's choice of suitor fills her with despair. When the palace guard captures and intruder—a boy her age with steel-blue eyes, hailing from her kingdom's greatest enemy—Alera is alarmed…and intrigued. But she could not have guessed that their clandestine meetings would unveil the dark legacy shadowing both their lands. In this mystical world of court conspiracies and blood magic, loyalties will be tested. Courage won't be enough. And as the battle begins for everything Alera holds dear, love may be the downfall of a kingdom.
Historical Fiction may not necessarily be all things history but it is taking a small aspect of the past and developing your views based on the facts employed. Our main view point of the story is based in the land of Hytanica in the medieval era. A time of Kings and Queens, of Knights and of Earls and of all things circa 1700s and 1800s.
On one hand is the kingdom of Hytanica where women are submissive, it is the men who are the most important decision making powers and on the other hand it is the kingdom of Cokyri, where women hold the highest position in the social status. Both Hytanica and Cokyri are as different from one another as black is from white. From the comparison only it is easy enough to understand that Hytanica has a long and brutal past with the Kingdom of Cokyri, and while there was peace between the two lands for the past years 16 years, things are now starting to shake and storm cloud are looming the horizon again.
Legacy takes off with the oldest princess of Hytanica, Alera and her personal bodyguard, London (its a name not the actual place in U.K. mind you) as they go for her rendezvous with her suitor the Lord Steldor (son of the captain of the guard). Princess Alera is about to make the most important decision of her life, her 18th birthday is fast approaching and within this period she must choose a husband or the King, her father would have to for her. But she is in a fix while her only suitor may be well loved by both family and country alike but Alera doesn't think Steldor is the one for her.
Then, if luck would have it she meets the mysterious Narian, a boy her age with steel-blue eyes, hailing from her kingdom's greatest enemy. Alera finds herself strangely attracted to this mysterious stranger. This chance meeting with a complete stranger may have been the precursor of clandestiny of events leading to the unveiling of a dark Legacy surrounding both Hytanica and Cokyri. Courage may simply not be enough for loyalties matter above all else.
Legacy is Miss Kluver's debut novel and I have to say its good enough to be on my favourite list. And Oh My God! I simply love the cover....its Gorgeous. History by definition is well.....boring but thankfully that is not the case here. Miss Kluver should be applauded for not only Legacy being an easy read but it being also beautifully written. Every detail....every minutes facts exert to beauty the era; emotions and turn of events are as well clearly felt by us readers.
While I did not like how the ending turned out but Miss Kluver you are now on of my favourite authors and I am very much excited for the next installments, Allegiance and Sacrifice. ...more