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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  31 reviews
This is an updated cover edition of ISBN13: 9788283310207.

A thief, a lover, and a toymaker; drawn together by fate; unlikely champions against a powerful and remorseless enemy. When not fighting each other, they must defeat the powerful Lord Norwich, and end his plan to unleash global violence and crown himself emperor of the world. No problem.

But behind the scenes, the Tr
Paperback, 362 pages
Published August 28th 2016 by Nordland Publishing (first published March 16th 2015)
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Michael Baker
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent steampunk fantasy novel set in the present world, the first of the Legacy series has an extremely in-depth character cast, in which you actually care what happens to the characters. This is hard to do in fantasy these days, but the author rises up to the challenge remarkably.

My favorite character in this by far is Clover, a young girl who is light-years beyond her age. The thief Pierce is also one of the best designed of his genre I have read in a long time. A thief with morals is
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The prologue was predictable I figured out who the Trickster was the moment he opened his mouth(my naturally suspicious mind had kicked into overdrive, which was the reason) but I kept reading because it mentioned Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, King Arthur, Excalibur, and so on (the legends of King Arthur *fangirl over here*) and toward the end revealing who he really was confirmed I was right. Part of me couldn't feel sorry for Thooranu and the other human part of me allowed myself to give him a modi ...more
Julia Pike
One of the reasons I enjoyed this book, is that there are several characters within it that I care about. Michelle cleverly links together the lives of a few characters that are motivated by different reasons. Their lives become entangled in a beautiful web that we get to watch as they become more ensnared with each other for better or worse.

The brotherly and sisterly bond between Clover and Archie is moving to witness. As a young girl, Clover is insightful, smart and lovable. Archie is frantica
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a fascinating and imaginative book. This was just such a pleasant surprise. The synopsis was vague enough that I went into this without really knowing what to expect, but a couple of pages into the prologue I knew it was going to be good.

If I'm being perfectly honest, to go into too much detail about the plot would 1) sound incredibly convoluted and 2) ruin a lot of the charm of this book. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the timing that information was revealed. You re
William Bitner Jr.
Genre - Fantasy/Steampunk
Pages - 364

Just finished reading “Legacy (The Legacy #1)” by Michelle Lowe. I would like to thank Michelle for gifting me an e-copy of this wonderful romp. While this book is described as Fantasy/Steampunk, it has many different elements from other genres like paranormal, adventure, and historical fiction to name a few. A Victorian Era story that takes place mostly in the South of England with some unforgettable characters. There are some unlikely alliances which add to
Jonathan Fesmire
For the sake of full disclosure, I'm letting you know that Michelle Lowe is a friend of mine. That said, I strive to be honest in my reviews and if I don't like a book that an author friend of mine wrote, I simply don't review it. If I think it deserves a three to five star review, then I will, and to me, "Legacy" is a five star tale.

Michelle has the ability to weave complex story lines and ideas into a compelling narrative, and that's what you'll find in "Legacy." Here characters are well-round
Jennifer Kellie
*I received a free copy of the Ebook from the author through BookSirens in exchange for an honest review.*

Genre: low fantasy, action-adventure, steampunk

Summary: Pierce is an outlaw hunted for trying to steal the Queen's necklace. Archie is a young man who just wants to run away with his secret bride. Can these two unlikely heroes save the Toymaker and prevent a disaster?

Review: Pierce is a thoroughly enjoyable character. He is smart, has a good heart and is just the right amount of cocky. I wis
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was engaging I was totally hook from the very beginning and I just can't put the book down. I'm looking forward to read the next book. The end really made me want to read more about these characters and what will happen next.
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Legacy was quite an enjoyable read; the book is fast paced, and has a good story. It didn't take me long to read, and the world and characters were engaging enough that I will consider returning for the sequel.

The main characters were likeable and had distinct personalities. Each character fit into an archetype which wasn't particularly unusual or unexpected from typical fantasy roles, but I liked them all the same. Pierce is the typical rogue, who despite his flaws you can't help but like and
Jim Razinha
I received an electronic review copy of this from the publisher through Book Sirens in exchange for a review. Disclosure: I like visual steampunk - creations of a largely amateur following (though there are some that are quite professional in their imagining), and haven't been too moved by movies or shows that purport to be steampunk. I've listened to and acquired some of a taste for the aural incarnations of genre. What I find lacking is written forms that I can enjoy. So I requested this becau ...more
Anna Szabó
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m thinking between 3 or 4 stars.
Why? Let’s see...

The things I didn’t like:
- Legacy was supposed to be a steampunk novel. I’ve read lots of steampunk novel but Legacy wasn’t like those. Steampunk novels supposed to have different steam-driven machines and cogs and keys and clockworks and other things like these. I was expecting lots of these but there were none.
- the first chapter didn’t make much sense to me. I suppose the next books in the series could shed some lots on the things that happ
Todd Simpson
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly Entertaining. I really enjoyed this story. It was so well written and easy to read. Michelle E Lowe has done a fabulous job with the plot. I also love an Author that can pull me into the story, and I get caught up in it for hours, not wanting to do anything else but read. This is certainly one of those books.
Tarquin Norwich was a man that many feared, and even his own children didn’t feel completely safe around him. Tarquin was a man that was used to getting what he wanted. Being the
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A 4*

Caution, mild spoilers ahead.

I got a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. The opinions included in this review are my own and are in no way affected by the exchange.

From the first pages of this book, I was immersed in the story and the characters' lives. There was no character who felt too simple or too perfect. They have their flaws and I loved them for that.

The story in itself had different aspects to it. Fantasy, steampunk, adventure, and even some history.

Laura Ruetz
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be an engaging read. This is a fantasy book that has steampunk elements and really drew me into the story. Set in Victorian London, Archie will do whatever it takes to protect his sister Clover from their father, even if that means going on a task that they were assigned to do and will comply out of fear. Archie and Clover find themselves in the midst of a plot to find a toymaker, and his book for some nefarious plot of their fathers. Along the way they meet the Landcross br ...more
Jay Williams
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book gets off to a slow start, but eventually becomes intense as unlikely comrades must overcome their suspicions of each other and work together to save each others life. There are many interesting characters, but surely the most interesting is the ten year old girl, Clover, who has more courage and sense than all of the others. Her father, Tarquin Norwich, is perfectly willing to kill her and anyone else who displeases him. After a long plod through skirmishes and escapes the characters a ...more
Amy Shannon
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great story

Lowe pens a great story in Legacy. This is the first book of Lowe's that I've read, and I really enjoyed it. I found Lowe's writing style lends to the telling of the story, and makes this story unique. Legacy's character's are well-developed, and they bring the reader in on the journey. There are many characters in this story, and none of them get lost. It's complex and yet, an easy and great paced read. The setting definitely is one of the major characters in this book, and the cha
Mehreen Ahmed
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This Steampunk/Fantasy novel, by Michelle Lowe is a fascinating read. The "other worldly" sense created here resonates the planet earth, yet has a transcendental effect, even with all the gory details of killed and cooked animal parts, makes for a bold metaphor from the outset of what to expect. It is a book of mystery and intrigue and a great story to boot. But what's fascinated me most is the poetry of writing, the literary allusions, the magical atmosphere, the power of description, and above ...more
Eilean Rawson
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was sent this book by Voracious Readers. This book is a swashbuckling tale of honour and dishonour. The characters range from innocents and charming rogues, through vampires, clever men and dupes to complete evil. It is set in Victorian times and travels from England to France, the Isle of Wight and back to England again. It involves two sets of very different brothers and the fates that bind them. It's easy to read and is fast paced enough for the slowest reader to want more. Obviously the fi ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It starts out fast and keeps up the pace for the entire book. There is plenty of action, truly terrible bad guys, twisty plotlines, and love. All in a slightly renaissance, slightly steampunk, slightly alternate history backdrop.

My only problem with this book is that I cannot get the next one in the series. No Nookbook, only paperback. I think there is a kindle version but that doesn't help us Nook users.
I was lucky to receive this book via Voracious Readers Only.
Lisa Marie
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story captivated me quite quickly; this has a feeling of writing/story style blend of Ken Follett (Pillars of the Earth) and Tanith Lee. I really enjoyed it! For me, this was an ideal easy breezy summer read
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure about this book in the beginning but I real grew on me. There is a lot of mythos mashed together to form an endearing story.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
It took me a little while to get going with this book as the opening section felt a bit like it was trying too hard and actually while clearly setting up for something (and I'm assuming that it takes place later on in the series), it didn't seem to have much relevance to the section of the Legacy series that happens directly in this book.

Once I got past the opening and we started to meet the main characters though, I found myself carried along with the story and by the end I was rooting for Arc
Annie (iliveandbreathewords)
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. (Sorry it took me so long.)

First, let me start by saying that I liked this book. I didn't love it, but I liked it.
I liked the characters, from Pierce to Archie to Clover to Indigo. Although I do have some issues with them, as you'll see later, I did find them enjoyable to read about. I liked the settings. I'm a sucker for historical settings. I just love them. I liked the mixture of historical fiction and fantasy elements.
Masood Vahdani
Michelle Lowe in her novel Legacy: Volume 1 offers a classic approach to the fantasy genre. Legacy tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Pierce (a notorious outlaw), Archie (the younger son of the villainous Lord Tarquin), and Clover (the young sister of Archie). Archie, with the help of Clover, and in following his father’s order captures Pierce. The latter knows about the whereabouts of Indigo Peachtree, a genius toy maker who has discovered a dark secret from ancient times. The po ...more
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fine writers are first and foremost fine storytellers. You know you've found that storyteller when the piece you are reading captivates your imagination and allows you to sink down into the story and keep reading until (at least in my case) the words swim around on the page (or screen) and your eyes beg for sleep even though your mind wants more.

Michelle Lowe is off to a fine start with book one of her "Legacy" series. The cast of characters is diverse, and they interact on several levels which
Olly Ferrie
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure:: I received a reviewer's copy of this book in advance. I didn't get any compensation.
This is a seriously fantastic novel. I grew up in the South of England where this novel is (mostly) set, and it was a real nostalgia trip for me, but the nostalgia is set amidst some fast-paced action. It was actually very hard to tell where the plot would be moving, and that's what I liked about it. So many things could have been stereotypical but were not.The characters were colourful and very
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. There were some great elements of magic and fantasy in it. I feel like this for me was a fantasy adventure tale. I enjoyed the characters in this book. I think the author is a great storyteller. I will be excited to read book 2. I think there was a great strong female character who was just a kid. I think this series is going to be a great one. * I received this book from the author ---this is my honest review*
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Ms. Lowe is clearly a creative thinker, but her vision, for this book at least; is not clear. It is a jumble of imagery and verbal gymnastics paired up along side a cast of characters which is unbelievable at best. (Even for a steampunk novel.)
Claire Casey
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I found it highly intriguing and I could not stop turning the page. I loved the characters and I found myself drawn to them for a wide variety of reasons. I am looking forward to reading more in the Legacy series.
S.E. Berrow
Veteran indie author Michelle Lowe gave me a free eBook copy of her seventh book Legacy -- the first in a seven-part Steampunk series -- in exchange for an honest review. Not wanting to let the author down (and I must apologise to Michelle for taking so long to get around to reading it as well; I generally don't do well reading books off of computer screens), I was really delighted when Legacy turned out to be a well-written, fast-paced adventure that takes place across both sides of the English ...more
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A Georgia born native, I've spent most my life near Atlanta before pulling up stakes and moving clear across country with husband, Ben. History piques my interests, especially European. Other interests include oil painting, arts & crafts, and collecting knickknacks.

My writings include seven published novels, The Warning, Cherished Thief, Children’s books, Poe’s Haunted House Tour, and The Hex Hun

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