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(Legacy #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  6,766 ratings  ·  898 reviews
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 des

Paperback, 496 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by HarlequinTeen (first published August 4th 2009)
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So I woke up this morning, and I used a red rubberband to tie up my brown hair with gold highlights. Then I made my bed by folding my quilt, and squaring the corners. After that, I squeezed my fresh, minty-smelling green toothpaste onto my blue-and-white toothbrush and brushed my teeth. Then I went into the kitchen where I used my favourite 1 litre saucepan to make tea. I brewed my tea for about two minutes before straining it and adding milk. Then I added sugar and drank my tea slo
Feb 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
I’ll admit it, when I was fourteen my writing sucked and when I read it over I cringe in embarrassment. And this book produced the same reaction. After reading this book I understand how awesome editors are and damn, did this book need it.

I love me some description, beautiful, lyrical stuff that’ll make you turn green in fits of raging jealousy but shit, man, when they fail, oh boy do they fail. Frick, if I wanted to read paragraphs and paragraphs of technical descriptions about the color of som
Wendy Darling
Could not get through this one--needed a lot more editing.
WOW! This book was amazing! I loved everything about it, the characters were well developed, the storyline was intriguing, the romance was great, descriptions of surroundings were wonderful. It was the perfect book for me. I love fairy tales and fantasy books and this just became my favorite. I am trying to think were to begin it was all so good,and I don't want to give anything away. Princess Alera of Hytanica Kingdom is coming of age to marry. Her father is ready to relinquish his title to who ...more
La Femme Readers
First let me just say wow. I am in love with this book and with Cayla's beautiful writing. Cayla wrote this book when she was only 14 years old! I know, can you believe it? I am so impressed with the storyline, it kept me at the edge of my seat. I loved the descriptive details which helped me imagine the life of Princess Alera. I enjoyed most of the characters, with the exception of one, Steldor, which was her father's choice for suitor, he was an arrogant son of a gun. I don't want to say a lot ...more
Jun 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Legacy follows Princess Alera as she goes about her daily life. Her father is determined for her to marry by the age of eighteen so he can step down and Alera can rule along side her husband. The problem is the only male in the kingdom who seems suitable for Alera, by her father’s standards, is the unbearable and egotistical Steldor. Meanwhile, there is still a great deal of tension between Alera’s kingdom, Hytancia, and the nearby kingdom of Cokryi. The last act Cokryi took against Hytancia was ...more
I really should have seen it coming. After reading for about 150 pages with the nagging thought of "Jeez, it's like a teenager wrote this"... Surprise! A teenager *did* write it!

Cayla Kluver evidently wrote Legacy when she was 14/15... and it shows. Don't get me wrong, she would have been a wildly talented and creative 14-year-old, but that doesn't mean we need to publish it. The world she creates is inconsistent and patchy, but its scale is large and there are certain plotpoints that aren't ba
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for

Seventeen years ago, a bloody war waged by the Kingdom of Cokyri on the Hytanicans ended abruptly when the Cokyri stole away forty-nine newborn males...and only returned the bodies of forty-eight. Hytanica has managed to rebuild from the war, but the anger felt towards the warriors of the mountains--not to mention anxiety that the war could resume at any time--has never completely ceased.

Alera, crowned princess of Hytanica, now celebrates her sev
Nov 25, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon-vine
Another reviewer on amazon said something about this book that made a lot of sense to me- that if the author hadn't been 16 that she wouldn't have gotten nearly as much attention as she already has. I have to agree with that- the book is "ok" but other than that I sort of don't see what all the fuss is about.

The story follows Princess Alera as she goes about her daily life. She is told that she must choose a husband before she turns 18, but unfortunately the only suitor her father will really a
5 STARS!!! This is definetly my new TOP FAVORITE!!!! I ADORED this story and felt like I knew and loved SOMETHING about every single character! The characters' descriptions and depth was everything I love in a story! There was never a moment where I felt like skimming. I don't have a single complaint about this book! It has the love-triangle aspect that I love, but even if you hate love-triangles, this is done in a way that makes total sense without being annoying, because one man she MUST love/ ...more
Feb 04, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fic, not-so-much
One of our TAB members recommended this to me, and I really loved that it's printed in blue ink with nifty illuminated letters to start each chapter. I was a little hesitant when I learned it was written by a 14 year old, mostly because the other books I've read (or tried to read) by teens (Eragon and Truancy) weren't really my cup of tea.

I made it to page 16 and gave up. It SOUNDS like a 14 year old wrote it. Which is fine, and if that doesn't bother you perhaps you'll like the story, but it d
A Canadian Girl
I have a weakness for princess stories and with a gorgeous cover like that on Cayla Kluver’s Legacy; I knew I had to read the book. The writing was nicely paced and with elements of action, duty, betrayal, love and family, the story kept me engaged until the end.

One of the things I noted though was that there is a lot of description about the food, setting, clothes, etc. As someone who is bad at visualization, this made it easier for me to imagine stuff, but at times even I found all the descrip
Melissa Parsons
Oct 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: an editor
Legacy by Cayla Kluver is the first in the Legacy trilogy. Seventeen year old Princess Alera of Hytanica is supposed to marry a man who will become king and her father's choice is not one she wants. What does catch her eye, though, is an intruder with steel-blue eyes and her kingdom's greatest enemy.

The cover was pretty and it drew me in, which should have been a sign. Whenever there's a pretty cover, chances are, it's a horrible book. But, Cayla was only fifteen when she wrote this, so I figure
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
From reading other GR reviews I found out this was written by a 16 year old (or 14 or 18 year old) I'm too lazy to find out the author's age tbh. All I can say is that I'm not surprised it does read like a (some) teenager's idea princess adventure. I think it's great she managed to write a book, at 16 the only thing I was writing were love notes to Pancho (he was cute ok?) and it's easy to read and more organized than other adult writers I've read recently I'm looking at you Possession BUT the o ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Legacy of a nation filled with duty and honor plays an important role in this fantastic tale.

Opening Sentence: The first boy disappeared on the day of his birth, on a night when the pale yellow moon that ruled the sky turned red and bathed the heavens in the ghastly color of blood, the same night the Empire of Cokyri abruptly ceased its merciless attack.

The Review:

Legacy was on my short list of books that I wanted to read when I visited the libr
Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ya, netgalley
Legacy is definitely a classic story of two fundamentally differing societies. My take while reading this novel was that while on the surface Hytanica seemed to be the more civilized of the two, their sometimes barbaric views of how females should behave made them not as progressive as the Cokyri.

The story is told from the perspective of Alera a Hytanica princess. Sadly, I didn't like Alera (maybe cause I was never sure how to say her name nor remembered how to spell is. Me simple.). I just neve
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Alera is the princess and heir to the throne of Hytanica, and now at age of seventeen, she has one year to find a suitable husband who meets her father's standards to rule the kingdom at her side. Unfortunately, there is only one such man that meets his standards, and Alera can't stand the mere sight of him. With her days of freedom numbered, Alera finds herself concentrating on political affairs once the Cokyrians begin infiltrating the palace. But there's a rumour floating around - there is a ...more
Princess Alera is in line for the throne and her father desperately wants her to marry the Captain’s son. When a rightful son of Hytanica is found alive and well and is brought to the palace as a prisoner she finds herself mysteriously drawn to him, like no other boy has.

Alera is one of those characters that stays inside of her box but when she ventures out of it, that’s where she figures out who she is and finally takes hold of her fate.

This book felt a lot like the story line of Romeo and Juli
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
I've been trying to read this off and on and today I realized I just won't be able to finish it. A cliche storyline (lost princes, princesses wanting their own will, arranged marriages, etc.) I can deal with--if it's well done. And I'm sorry to say but Legacy's writing is not. While I am quite impressed that Ms. Kluver had the tenacity to complete an entire 200+ page book, the fact that she was so young when she wrote it is glaringly obvious. In the first 50 or so pages, every little thing is me ...more
Sara MH
May 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Ok, so in theory, this was an ok book, but I had A LOT of problems wih it. For instance, the author did not add much dialogue between Narian and Alera, just hinted at it. Also, honestly, Alera would make a frightful Queen. She puts herself first and foremost. She cares only about her happiness, not about her poor father who had to take up the duty and wants to relinquish it. Not to mention the conflicting images of Steldor, from caring and sweet, to egotistical and conceited. Seriously, people, ...more
This was really terrible. The writing was incredibly tedious and overly descriptive, and the characters were all painfully ridiculous and unlikable. I can't believe it ended how it did - frustrating after persevering to get such a non-ending. But I honestly don't care what happens to any of these people next. If I'd known how it was going to end, I might not have bothered finishing it at all. I wish I could get the hours back. ...more
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, june-2011
*sigh* what an awesome book. Seriously, it was absolutely great! See, I love historical fiction. And, this one is even more special since it is set in a fictional fantasy historical world that is just incredibly imaginative. I love what Cayla Kluver developed her and I envie her talent in creating such a world.

Also, I have to mention that she was only 15 when she created this work of fantastic fiction, but one would never guess this when reading her book.

In Legacy we have two rival communities
Sep 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'm trying to think of how to talk about this book without being mean. I'll try for blunt and hope it doesn't come across to badly.
Here's the story: Alera is stuck with the likelihood of marrying a guy she actively dislikes. She's muffled by rules that keep woman from holding power. But out there is something watching...... The country over holds a possibility of love but a huge possibility of her entire country getting wiped off the map.
The tone of this book was impossible to get through. It w
usagi ☆ミ
May 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
I tried to finish this one, I really did. I just found that I couldn’t. The original plot was interesting enough, but that quickly declined after a few chapters and it descended into mediocrity.

I think the author was aiming for high or epic fantasy with writing this book, but it just didn’t hit the mark. As Alera’s story continues with her getting harrassed by her suitors right and left, I found it harder and harder to emotionally click with her. What happened to the awesome blood-soaked mystery
Jun 22, 2011 added it
Shelves: netgalley, arc, 2011, ebooks
The cover is gorgeous and the story was most interesting. The protagonist as well as the other characters in this story are very original and interesting. It is a long book, and at times you may feel it drag on a little but as you move along you get pulled in.

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,
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

It was a nice book with an original story, but a bit predictable sometimes. Knowing that the book is written by a girl of 16 at the time is quite impressive, but also a bit visable. She describes situations a bit excessive, which makes the story boring occasionally. The attitudes and reactions of some characters are repeated in the same way. But still.... the story and setting makes me craving for more. The idea of a princess stuck between the choice of following her own
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
*4.5 stars* rounded up because the author was in her early teens when writing -- that definitely deserves a brownie point or two.

i loved this world and did not want to leave it!
the writing was pompous at times, the characterization only moderate,
but the setting, pacing, and plot twists were fantastic.

can't wait for the sequels to be available in english

pg13 green
mild kissing, mild violence

may 2012 re-read :)
Angie Cornelison
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
This is by far one of my most favorite books I've read this year. I bought the older edition I love the way it looks! I still can't believe you wrote this book at 16. You are one amazing gal! I hope you continue to write because I'll be reading. All I can say is... If you haven't read this yet go and get it. You'll love it! ...more
Previously published on my blog:

After I finished Legacy, the first thing I did was look up more about the author. Check out her bio:

Writing has always been Cayla Kluver’s passion. It wasn’t until her freshman year in high school that she discovered this made her different from her classmates. She was writing in a notebook at the lunch table, when a friend asked her if she was doing homework. When Cayla said no, she was just writing down some ideas, her fr
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
In writing this review, I will try to keep the Author's youthfulness in mind, but I confess that even with that continuous fact, Legacy isn't a book I would recommend. Four hundred and sixty-two pages long, the book shouldn't have taken as long as it did to finish, and the reason for my proverbial dragging feet is the plain fact that the book drug its own feet - and continued to do so even when I picked mine up. The prologue promised an interesting enough storyline, and I realize that this is on ...more
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Cayla Kluver is the author of the Legacy Series (LEGACY, 2011; ALLEGIANCE, 2012; SACRIFICE, 2012). Her new book THE QUEEN'S CHOICE will be published by HarlequinTEEN in winter 2013/spring 2014.

Cayla spends her free time singing, reading, dancing, and horseback riding. Her office is filled with twinkly lights. She travels frequently to speak at middle and high schools, libraries, and book conventio

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