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Over a year has passed since Lex Knightley journeyed alone into desolate San Francisco. The Guardian Force is disbanded, emotion-altering drugs banned, and citizens allowed to return to the seemingly resurrected city.

For Lex, life is almost normal, but normal is precarious. Normal has a way of falling apart.

One rainy night changes everything. Out on parole, Quin McAllister’s father is arrested for the brutal murder of his new wife. As the Resistance resurges, claiming a conspiracy, Lex doesn’t know what—or who—to believe. When old enemies resurface in new disguises and trusted friends start keeping secrets, normal splits right down the middle, leaving Lex and Quin on opposite sides.

Prophecy—the second novel of Ellery Kane’s Legacy trilogy—continues the story of Lex and Quin, testing the strength of friendship, forgiveness, and love.

316 pages, Paperback

First published May 29, 2015

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Ellery A. Kane

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Forensic psychologist by day, novelist by night, Ellery Kane has been writing--professionally and creatively--for as long as she can remember. Just like many of her main characters, Ellery loves to ask why, which is the reason she became a psychologist in the first place. Real life really is stranger than fiction, and Ellery's writing is often inspired by her day job. Evaluating violent criminals and treating trauma victims, she has gained a unique perspective on the past and its indelible influence on the individual. And she's heard her fair share of real life thrillers.

Ellery lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of ​​California, a picturesque setting that provides the backdrop for many of her novels. If you don't find Ellery interviewing murderers behind prison walls or pecking away at her latest novel, she is probably at the gym landing a solid jab-cross to a punching bag; riding bicycles with her special someone; or enjoying a movie the old-fashioned way--at the theater with popcorn and Milk Duds.

Ellery was previously selected as one of ten semifinalists in the MasterClass James Patterson Co-Author Competition and is the author of the Doctors of Darkness, Rockwell and Decker, and Legacy Series, with two standalone thrillers from Bookouture coming in 2022.

If you'd like to receive a notification when new books are released, please sign up for Ellery's newsletter at ellerykane.com. Ellery also signs e-books on authorgraph.com.

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113 reviews45 followers
October 28, 2015
Prophecy is the second book of the Legacy by Ellery Kane. I loved Legacy, and was beyond excited when it arrived. It moved right to the front of my to-read list. Legacy was a really refreshing dystopian novel. I was debating giving Prophecy 4 or 5 stars. The only reason I was thinking to give it four was because there was very little action. It was quite different than Legacy, but different in a good way. So I decided to go with the big 5.

Prophecy follows all out favorite characters from Legacy after the attack on Alcatraz. With Lex’s mother gone, she is obviously struggling. Her father and her have an easy relationship, but there are a lot of tense situations, which is to be expected. Lex and Quin are good, as are Edison and Elana. Everything seems fine. Everything is fine.

Through flashbacks and memories, Lex shows readers about the past couple months. Quin and his father are reunited. They have a job together and are finally starting to build the relationship they never had the chance to before. After spending time with his father, Quin was almost a different person. Like a weight had been lifted. It must have felt good to finally have a parental figure and not have to do everything yourself-like Quin does.

The one person of the crew who is having trouble in the group is Max. When he finally comes around to see his friends, he is acting different. They all know exactly what is going on, he is on Eupho. (one of the illegal EAM’s). Max introduces the group to String, his boyfriend. String is an interesting character. If you have read Prophecy, you will know that well. He has many sides, both good and bad.

But then everything changes. Lex’s normalcy is shattered, as is Quin’s whole life. Mr. McAllister has been arrested for killing his new girlfriend Shelly. Due to his past incriminations of killing his wife, the police think it’s obvious that he has committed another homicide. His criminal record speaks for itself.

Quin doesn’t believe it. From the very moment he hears the news, he believes that his dad is innocent. He wouldn’t do something like this. Not again. Quin thinks he has changed completely. Lex thinks the opposite, but is nervous to tell Quin that. When she eventually does, he is pretty devastated. He feels alone as it is, and wants Lex on his side.

Now comes the sad part. The part I knew would have to happen sometime in the series. Quin and Lex’s breakup is pretty horrible in my eyes. I was more worried about Quin than Lex though. Lex is strong. She is independent and brave. That’s what I love so much about her. Quin is pretty unstable. Especially as his father’s trial approaches.

Throughout the novel, we can see Quin’s longing for Lex. For his rock. The one person he felt loved by. One of the more heartbreaking parts is when Quin reveals one of the reasons he broke up with Lex. The Crim X program that George McAllister was involved in altered some of the participants genetic makeup. It made them more violent. The problem with this is that in some cases, the gene was hereditary. Quin doesn’t want to hurt Lex. Never. So he distances himself to find out if he has that gene. Another part I liked was during the trial. Mr. McAllister’s case didn’t look good. Quin came out of the courtroom followed by his friends. They asked if he was okay and he didn’t respond. Suddenly, he yanked Lex into a tight hug. After barely any interaction between the two, I was surprised by this. And I loved it. without Lex, Quin puts his guard all the way up. He has no one to talk to. No one to lean on.

With Quin and Lex broken up, it of course leaves room for more girls to ogle at Quin. Enter Emma. This slightly bratty and irritating girl who has it for Quin. He tries to convince Lex that there is nothing going on, but I take Lex’s side. It sure looks like something. Lex thinks that Emma would be better for Quin anyway, coming from the same family backgrounds and all. Elana tells Lex that she is the only one for Quin.

Let’s not forget the little kidnapping problem that occurs. Augustus Porter, fake hero of the resistance, is now the Drug Czar. He regulates the illegal street drugs, like Emovere, Eupho and Agitor. I am guessing he does a pretty bad job at it. Basically what we have is String-remember Max’s boyfriend? String leads Lex into Augustus's secret office place. The betrayal stings Lex. Augustus and Lex have such a hateful relationship, that Everytime they see each other, they are going at the others head. During this kidnapping, he leads Lex to a theatre that has something inside that Augustus wants. Lex complies, but is given her first does of Emovere. With no emotions, Lex easily breaks into the theatre and discovers a hidden Zenigenic facility. She hurts people on this drug, kills people. And thinks nothing of it. As Lex is leaving, she takes out several of Augustus’s men and escapes. Not for long though, because soon she finds herself back in the secret office, stuffed in a closet. Coming off Emovere is a terrible process. All the things you did, but didn't care about, come slamming down on you.
Augustus is trying to find out more about Onyx (an EAM used in the Guardian Force in Legacy. Lex doesn’t comply, so he threatens to have her killed. Being as brave as Lex is, she come up with a plan another plan to escape. She leads Augustus and String to her old professor, who might now a little bit about Onyx. Still on a dose of Emovere, she plots her escape. During the conversation, she escapes from String’s grasp and busts through a window. As she is running away, Max’s car shows up and takes her to safety.

When Lex gets back home, everyone is so relieved. Except Quin. He’s upset! He’s mad because she wasn’t there when he needed her. Uh, Quin? She was kidnapped! With all of Augustus’s manipulation, it does make a little sense. He had used Lex's phone to send Quin a message of her running away for good.

Now it’s back to the trial. Edison’s father is one of the best lawyers there is, and he is defending Mr. McAllister. The trial goes back and forth, but Quin still believes in his father. Because what if he really is innocent. Even Lex is beginning to realize some strange connections.

At the end of the story, Lex knows who the murderer is. But it’s never revealed. Why? Because CLIFFHANGERS!. Bad ones. We have to wait for the next book to figure out what Lex knows! What I do know, is that the finale will be epic.

This review is a little abridged. There are so many details and plot points I could elaborate on, but I am just giving the gist in this review. My opinions? This book was fantastic. Most of it is set in the courtroom, trying to discover if George is really guilty. He is confirmed at guilty and sent to prison. Quin follows him there, with no real goodbye to Lex. I don’t doubt that they will return to each other soon enough. While it took place in the courtroom, there were still some awesome, kick butt missions, giving me my dose of action and suspense. These missions include the kidnapping and placing the bug in the office. It was also very cool to be able to experience the effects of Emovere through Lex. Scary, as well. Kanes's creation and portrayal of these emotion altering medications is phenomenal. It's a very creative and unique idea to center a story around, and I love it. Props to the author!

Prophecy is an amazing sequel to an amazing story. I recommend that you pick up this series today. It deserves so much praise, and in my opinion, is underrated.
Profile Image for Kelly Gunderman.
Author 2 books76 followers
July 1, 2015
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If you haven't read the first book in the Legacy series, you should go check out the review for it here. There might be some spoilers here that you might not want to read before reading the first book.

This book was as phenomenal as the first! in the first book, we are introduced to the emotion altering medications (EAMs), Zenigenic, the Crim-X program, as well as the characters that come into play in this book.

It's been a year since the ending of Legacy, and the story picks up right where it left off (well, with a year's difference), and it is so easy to get lost in the story of Lex and Quin all over again.

Lex and Quin start off as the same loving couple we last left them as (seriously, Lex and Quin are definitely one of my favorite book couples. I love them together), and their relationship seems pretty strong in the beginning of the book. Lex is in college, and Quin is working with his dad to repair the Golden Gate Bridge. Since Quin's dad is out of prison now, and is now happily remarried. It seems like he is getting his life in order, until Quin comes to see Lex to tell her that his dad has been arrested for the murder of his new wife. Only...did he really do it? Or was he framed?

Lex doesn't seem to know what to believe, and this brings some pretty terrible consequences for Lex and Quin's relationship (I'll admit it, I was pretty sad about it). While they try to figure out whether to repair their relationship (or if they even can), or to walk away, we have a bunch of other important stuff happening, too.

Augustus Porter is back, and he has been appointed the drug czar, and it is his mission to clear the streets of all of the EAMs that people are still using illegally. But he can't possibly be up to doing good deeds, can he? He's looking for Lex, and he'll go to some pretty dark means to get to her.

Also, Max makes an appearance in the book as well (as do Edison and Elana, from Legacy). Max has a new love interest, and it's a pretty dangerous one. Not to mention that Max is doing Eupho, an EAM, with his new boyfriend as well.

A lot of incredibly important things happen in this book that are vital to the way that the story is playing out. Some parts of it made me pretty sad (I won't say what, specifically), and I'm hoping that the final book in the series wraps everything up nicely.

This book was just as incredible as Legacy, and the story was just as captivating. I cannot wait for the next book!

Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Carrie (The Butterfly Reader).
1,016 reviews91 followers
June 25, 2015
This book wastes no time before jumping right into the plot and action. It's been a year after the events in Legacy when Quin's father is sent back to prison because it looks like he killed his wife. It's left Quin trying to prove his innocence. Lex meanwhile has to deal with trying to decide if he's really guilty or not. A wild ride then begins for our characters, with emotional ups and downs. The book kind of ends sadly and I'm hoping that everything goes well in Revelation.

The characters grow as the story goes on and I love that, because when you go through trying and hards times, it will change you, hopefully for the better. Quin is such a perfect bad boy. I just love him. Though I love most bad boys, what does that say about me? I've no idea.

The chapters in this book are short but stuff like that just doesn't bother me, if anything it helps me get through it faster, telling myself 'just one more chapter' with this book is easy and I've found I read more than I planned at a single setting.

Anyone who hasn't read these books needs to pick them up, they are quick reads that will totally entertain and get you engrossed so deeply, you'll forget about the real world.
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2,014 reviews22 followers
January 30, 2018
It is one year after Legacy. It seems everything is almost back to what can be considered normal. Then it all shatters. Quin’s father is out on parole but then he is arrested for the murder of his new wife. Quin believes that George is innocent even though Lex thinks he is not. But then there is a divide between Quin greater than just his father. It seems that the pills have a serious side effect to some people and Quin maybe one of those people. To keep Lex safe he distances himself from her.

Lex is having a hard time without her mother. She does have her father but there is some tension there. Everything else seems to be going well. Quin even seemed to be acting more normal until his father is arrested again. Then comes the breakup. I understand what Quin is thinking but that doesn’t make the whole situation any better. Especially when other girls are trying to step into Lex’s place.

If that was not tough enough to go through, then Lex is kidnapped by Augustus and is sent on a mission while high on Emovere. Of course Quin takes the kidnapping and killing badly since he was not there to protect her.

And get ready for one heck of a cliffhanger. I can’t wait to see how this series ends.

I received Prophecy from Ari at Candid Book Reviews for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Profile Image for Isis Ray-sisco.
718 reviews
August 10, 2018
Another great installment in the Legacy series. Quin and Lex's story continues. They both have their father's back in their lives and they both have their struggles...especially since Quin's dad is arrested and put on trial for the murder of his wife. Their relationship is put to the test all while fighting a lot of injustice and dealing with old rivals. I think others will continue to enjoy this series. I can't wait to read the third book!
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693 reviews31 followers
November 18, 2017
Even better than the first one. I received this as a gift, and I powered through from cover to cover without taking a break. It was absolutely riveting. As fascinating and disturbing as the first one, with increasingly interesting romantic developments and a more in-depth exploration of humanity and relationships (romantic or otherwise). A fantastic book.
Profile Image for Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten).
1,601 reviews203 followers
June 25, 2016
Thank you to author Ellery A. Kane for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!

Prophecy is the second book in the Legacy trilogy by Ellery A. Kane and takes readers on another suspenseful, mysterious and riveting journey that will leave you guessing until the very end.

Life for Lex Knightly has changed a lot since the events of the first book Legacy. More than a year has passed since Lex, Quin and their friends managed to help disable the Guardian Force and restore their fragile world to some sense of normalcy. Yet, their world begins unravelling once again when Quin's recently paroled father, George McAllister is arrested and charged with the murder of his new wife Shelley. Torn between supporting Quin and her own doubts about George's innocence, Lex finds herself struggling. As their relationship frays, Lex and Quin drift apart, but when old enemies resurface with dangerous new motives, things take on a whole new level of danger when it becomes clear that those in power still pose a threat to not only the happiness of Lex and those she loves, but their very lives......

Prophecy kicks off more than a year after the last book, and I was surprised to see how much has changed. Ellery A. Kane has a lot of tricks up her sleeve as Prophecy mainly focuses around Quin's father and his court trial, but also manages to make you question what else is going on with the bigger corporations and companies now that most emotion altering drugs have been banned from San Francisco.

The characters have come a long way since the last book and I was thrilled to see how much they've changed. Emotions and feelings are tested in this book as loyalties and the strength of the love Lex and Quin share are repeatedly put to the test. Kane manages to make her characters, most importantly Lex, face a lot of truths and not everyone manage to come out unaffected.

Well written and well paced, Prophecy was an enjoyable read that made me feel for Lex and many of the other characters. Old faces blend with new and Kane manages to keep you on your toes as well as questioning Quin's dads innocence yourself. Yet in true Kane style, we soon learn that not everything is as it seems and I'm personally really excited to discover what implications our discoveries in Prophecy have in the third and final book Revelation!

This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Sarah-Jayne Briggs.
Author 1 book47 followers
November 15, 2015
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

Ideally, I'd give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. I found it easier to read than the previous book... but I did think that the time jump of a year later (and the constant flashbacks with little warning) were somewhat jarring.

While I did remember a lot about the previous book, I found that I got confused with some of the characters for a while before things settled down. I did think it was good to see the conflict between Lex and Quin in their relationship, but I was disappointed to notice a trope I see used a lot - the attractive girl/woman who wants to make a move on the heroine's man. I found myself rolling my eyes during most of Emma's appearances.

I did think that Quin's father was interesting, but it seemed like his personality kept being written differently. I also would have liked to have seen more of the after-effects of Lex being drugged. I felt that she shook it off very quickly and it didn't seem to fit with my understanding of the drug.

While Max did irritate me at first in this book, I did find myself liking him and String together... even though String seemed to change so much, it made my head spin. Augustus was still a creep. I could understand why Lex wasn't believed about him, though... even if that did really annoy me.

There were some good elements regarding Emma that I was disappointed not to see more of. It felt very much like her entire personality was based around her trying to steal Quin from Lex, rather than being a character in her own right.

There were some good elements of tension in this book, but I was confused about exactly what the characters had been doing during the missing year. I think the book could have been expanded, with more scenes shown before the trial.

I did think it was good that Lex was suspicious of Quin's dead and it was also good to see it have some effect on their relationship. I did find it really hard to connect emotionally with Lex at the time she was drugged... but then again, that was probably the point.

I'm not sure I'd re-read these books... but I am interested in seeing where this story will end and what will happen to the characters.
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2 reviews29 followers
July 9, 2015
As for the start, thank you to Ellery A. Kane for providing me with a copy of Prophecy.

At the start of the book we meet again with Ms. Alexandra (Lex) Knightley. After incidents that occured almost a year ago Lex’s life is getting back to normalcy. She is studying at university, trying to rekindle relationship with her dad, enjoying company of her boyfriend Quin and her friends. But troubles does not take a long to come.

George McAllister (Quin’s father) who was recently put out of the prison on parole is trying his best to start new life. He is being a father and friend to Quin. He even find a girlfriend named Shelly.

One rainy night changes EVERYTHING. Shelly is dead. Mr. McAllister is being accused of the homicide. But did he do it? Or somebody else did? Because of his history with Quin’s mom Angela ,Mr. McAllister is about to have a tough times proving his innocence. As if this was not enough Lex with her friends are meeting with old enemies who have not said their last word yet. And so not even they have to stand and fight against the recent unfortunate events. But also their relationships are being tested the hardest way possible.

This book (along with a first book in series - Legacy) is one of those books that have you on the edge troughout the whole story. The thing I personally like the most is that you can never tell what is going to happen next. You can never be sure what turn of events is avaiting on the next page. Also, I really like the spontaneous style of writing which helps you get into the world of the book very easily.

I can not wait for a third and final book - Revelation to come to life. Even though I would like trilogy to go on and on...that is how much I enjoy the series.

If you are searching for a book with great story line, lots of unexpected turns and interesting characters this one is definetly the one you need to check.
Profile Image for T.M. Payne.
Author 31 books87 followers
June 24, 2015
Book: Prophecy (Legacy #2)
Author: Ellery A. Kane
Publication Date: 5/29/2015
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars


This is the second book in the Legacy Series and I must say I truly enjoyed it. It picks up where book one left us. Quin and Lexi are still a couple although they go through many bumps in the road in this one. Quins dad has been arrested and for what else? Murder of his current wife. Quin is doing everything he can to get his father freed. Lexi however is in a battle for her life against the evil Augustus. There is a new drug of choice now and Augustus seems to think Lexi knows the formula or where it is. Quin knows about the prophecy but he never told Lexi so now what will she do? Lies have been told to her so she is at odds on who to believe anymore.

Can this couple get through all that is thrown at them?

Fantastic futuristic story and the plot just thickens for these two courageous young people. I truly enjoyed this book in the Legacy Series although it does leave us with a cliffhanger.

I was gifted a copy of this book for my honest review
Ellery A. Kane
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Author 1 book21 followers
June 25, 2015
4.5 stars

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have been looking forward to the second instalment in this series since reading Legacy earlier this year. If you're a fan of YA dystopia, you NEED to pick up this series.

The book picks up after the explosive ending to Legacy. Lex and Quin are together and with her father. Quin's father is out on parole for a short time before being arrested again. This time, it's for a crime he claims he did not commit. And Quin believes him. Lex is not so sure and it begins to cause distance and deception between the couple.

Max is going off the rails and has a new boyfriend that becomes a very intriguing character as the story progresses. Augustus is back, seeking power and revenge, and Lex gets tangled up in his dangerous web.

The plot of this one was just as gripping as the first! I feel like Ellery's writing even improved (If that's possible). I'm once again impressed by the creativity of the concept and the wonderful character development.

It ends on a torturous cliffhanger! I can't wait to see what's in store for the third one!
September 22, 2015
The Legacy Series is alive and well. I take back any hesitation I had over this series from my review of LEGACY. Ellery Kane’s captivating sequel to LEGACY is a novel that truly delivers - with suspense, mystery, deviance, secrets, betrayal, kidnapping and heartache perceived through a fearless heroine, an acceptance-seeking friend, a devoted son, a struggling father, an outsider, and a trusty dog. PROPHECY takes the Legacy Series to a new height - a series too mind-bending and stirring to be missed.
2,327 reviews90 followers
August 26, 2015
I won this from Goodreads. This is the second book of the Legacy series. This book is a year after Legacy. Quin and Lex are still a couple but they have challenges. Her dad as been arrested for killing his now wife. In this book the Guardian Force band has been disbanded, drugs are banned and the citizens can now return to normal life. This book tests the love and forgiveness of Lex and Quin. This is a futuristic story with a cliffhanger.
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173 reviews
November 22, 2015
The Prophecy is yet another great book by one of my favorite authors! This book continues from where Legacy ends, this is great because nothing is left out. This was an amazing story. The characters developed nicely and they had many layers of complexity, just like the plot. The only thing that I didn't like is the CLIFFHANGER at the end. Now I have to wait for the next book. I would recommend this book to anyone who loved Legacy, and also loves different books that are amazing!!
29 reviews7 followers
December 15, 2015
Just like the first, this book keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Quin and Lex continue their romance and suspenseful life. Quinn's father George is now out of jail and living a life with his wife Shelly. He is getting closer to Quin, has a job and even speaks out against EAMs. That is until he is arrested for the murder of his wife. This news causes a rift between Quin and Lex. Did he do it? What will happen between Quin and Lex? I can't wait to read the next one.
3 reviews
June 23, 2015
Ellery Kane outshines herself again! Prophecy is a high-speed thrill ride through the continued journey of Lex and Quin as they continue to battle the Resistance along with new enemies, secrets and surprises. I couldn't put Prophecy down and I cannot wait for the last book in the series. A MUST readit is the perfect mix of action, suspense, romance and drama...5 stars!
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46 reviews
May 23, 2016
This story keeps changing its form, yet it is good. The story continues but in a different way. In this book there's little action actually, but more romance. It focuses on a trial, so prepare yourself to make your own judgement. This part of the book is the starting for a new problem, and it defenitely needs to be read!
2 reviews
July 6, 2015
The second book from Ellery Kane is even better than the first! It reads like a mystery making you want to read it all the way through. I found the portrayal of Lexi and Quin's relationship very realistic and riveting. I can't wait to see happens next!!!
1,221 reviews6 followers
August 23, 2016
Courtroom drama and testimonies, new characters, and trust issues in the sequel to Legacy. There was less action in this one but more of the emotional battles. And Augustus... He hasn't changed. Emma and String were good additions to the story.
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230 reviews11 followers
December 31, 2015
I am not a major fan of YA dystopian but i really loved this book so much and would really recommend the series and cannot wait to read more from the author.
73 reviews3 followers
December 6, 2015
A brilliant fast paced drama,with awesome twists and turns that just keep you guessing. Not to mention the ending just leaves you hanging out for the next book!
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