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 Trickster god is manipulating men like puppets, changing history to his own ends and for his own amusement. As an ancient plan is set into motion, the trio are faced with events they do not understand and may not survive.
Legacy is the first of an epic new series that combines Fantasy and Steampunk in an unforgettable novel set in Victorian England.
Michelle was born in Georgia and spent most of her life near the Atlanta area before pulling up stakes and moving to southern California with her husband, Ben, and their two children.
Her writing work includes published novels such as The Warning, Cherished Thief, Children’s Books, Poe’s Haunted House Tour, and the fantasy/adventure series, The Hex Hunt. Science fiction/thriller, Atlantic Pyramid, had earned a spot on the Best Books of 2014 list. Mystery/thriller, Storyteller, six-part steampunk/fantasy series, Legacy, with the standalone novel, Boom Time, and a four-part steampunk series connected to Legacy titled The Age of the Machine.
Currently, she is working on an epic fantasy YA series, Cycles.
She also provides ghostwriting services. For information, please visit my website at www.michellelowe.net.
Although the plot was predictable, it was still something I enjoyed. It was interesting to see the way each of the characters adapted to the way it was turning out. One of the reasons I've reduced the star rating is because of the pacing. I did enjoy the plot very much, but just the way it was spread across pages didn't work for me. At some points, it was going too slow, and others it was so fast, barely describing surroundings, so I couldn't understand it!! However, even though I've never heard of this book before, the characters and the relationships they had are something I really got attached to. All their contrasting personalities made all the interactions they had all the more interesting, and that's definitely something I loved reading. Thank you to BookSirens and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
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 frantically trying to protect his secret and keep Clover innocent and safe.
Pierce is a fabulous character. Quite simply, I adore him.
He is a flawed yet compassionate thief who I thoroughly enjoyed reading about. I found his history fascinating and his personal struggles intriguing.
This is a good book. I connected well with the characters. The plot was interesting and I definitely want to continue following the story in the next in the series. I think that the world building was good but not as 'beautiful' (for want of a better word) as I have read in other books. There was nothing in the description that wowed me or left me in awe, but otherwise, it was a book that I feel privileged to have been able to read.
I give this book 3 stars *** and recommend it to you. Please hop on over to my Pinterest to see the pictures that I found as I read the story
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 something that is often done, and again the author does a great job in creating the world. The character development and the story is this book's greatest strength, and I look forward to the rest of the series!
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 modicum of sympathy, since even a fool deserves that much sometimes, but the story took interesting turns some characters were fascinating and likable to me than others, which kept my interest to a degree. The ending left me in the mind of a cliffhanger. The settings were so descriptive I did feel drawn into this world the author had built. The story was well-written for the most part.
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 really only knew what you needed to know when you needed to know it. <-----Is that even a sentence? Does that make sense at all? What I can say, is this. Tarquin Norwich, a bastard of the worst kind, is determined to get his hands on a special book and it's author, a toymaker named Indigo Peachtree, for nefarious reasons. He sends his son Archie, who happens to be an actual decent human being, to find Pierce Landcross, a man that will lead them to the toymaker. Archie despises his father and wants nothing but to take his younger sister Clover and run away with his new secret bride to live happily anywhere far away. He agrees to retrieve Landcross and brings his little sister with him, where she will be safest. Then he will leave. In the meantime, Norwich and his son Ivor (who is almost as bad as his father) go after Landcross' brother Joaquin. Legacy focuses on each character's adventures whether they are being chased or doing the chasing. There are wonderful characters throughout, including a vampire, a magician, gypsies, and fairies oh my! (Sorry, Wizzard of Oz joke) There are also short stories peppered throughout and wonderful re-imaginings of myths like Robin Hood, King Arthur, and even Greek gods. I just loved it all.
The first thirty pages or so after the prologue were a little hard for me to get into. I kept getting confused between Tarquin and Joaquin. Their names looked too similar on the page. There are also a lot of characters introduced really early in the book so it was a bit difficult to keep track of them and figure out where they fit in. Thankfully there came a point where everything just clicked into place.
The book was filled with wonderfully complex characters that refused to be pigeon-holed as either good or bad. (I tried to find a way to avoid saying "shades of gray" because that phrase now bugs the hell out of me) I wanted to hate Archie for his lack of a backbone, but I couldn't. I wanted to like Joaquin but a sometimes he was enough of an ass that I just couldn't. Hell, even Ivor had his moments. You never really knew who to trust. But Landcross I always adored. And with each chapter, I loved him more and more. He was just charming as hell. My heart was all a flutter.
I don't really know how I would classify this book but I think that's a lot of its charm. Steampunk? It has elements of Steampunk but it's subtle. Adventure? Sure. Fantasy? Yes. It clearly takes place in the past, so there are historical elements to it? I DON'T KNOW. Put it this way, if you enjoy Steampunk, Adventure, and/or fantasy, I heartily recommend. It also happens to be a series, so YAY.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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 the suspense of the plot. There are characters you will love, hate and hate to love in this genre bending adventure. The story flows so wonderfully and with such great descriptive detail that at times you can imagine yourself participating in, or being along for the adventure. This book did exactly what it was meant to do...it took me away to a different place and time. I absolutely loved this read, and am anxious to read more of Michelle’s work, and am looking forward to other books in this series. I highly recommend this read for anyone who loves fantasy adventures or who just like a really stellar piece of fiction.
Synopsis (from back cover): A thief, a lover, and a toy-maker; 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 Trickster god is manipulating men like puppets, changing history to his own ends and for his own amusement. As an ancient plan is set into motion, the trio are faced with events they do not understand and may not survive
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-rounded, compelling, and diverse, and her writing is clear and descriptive, without superfluous details. None of her characters are perfect. Even the most likable among them have believable flaws and interesting back stories.
"Legacy" blends history, fantasy, and a little bit of steampunk into a dramatic story well worth your time.
*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 wish Robin had a larger role, possibly his own book. Archie and Clover have such tragic lives, but they manage to hold out hope for the future. The author works steampunk and fantasy elements into historical fiction seamlessly. I look forward to learning more about the Trickster as the series continues.
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.
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 want to see him succeed. Archie is a responsible older brother, cautious and protective of his younger sister. Clover is a smart and slightly precocious child. I liked all of these characters, and rooted for them early on. However I didn't engage with them enough that they will stay with me beyond finishing the book. This might be in part because the POV jumps around a lot, and I didn't have long enough with each character to connect with them and learn about their less obvious quirks and motivations. This is in part a result of my own bias for deep POV characters and immersion.
There is also a real boo hiss villain, Lord Norwich. Although he does have a clear motivation for being evil, I still wasn't that convinced by him. I would have liked to see some good in him, a little more 3D and complicated. He is definitely a character that you love to hate, and a good source of conflict for the other characters, so he did his job as the bad guy. Each character wants something specific, often at odds with one another, so character driven tension was high.
There were a lot of POV characters, some for only one short passage and never heard from again. It wasn't clear until the epilogue how a couple of these snatches tie into the rest of the story, and this was a bit confusing at times. The narrators all sounded quite similar, though their speech was different. I found that until I was familiarised with the book, everything was a little confusing. I expect that these connections will continue to evolve through other books in the series, which has the potential to be very good, but it did weaken this first book as a standalone.
There is a sense of magic and wonder carried through the plot. Legacy is a not set in a historically accurate Victorian setting, though I don't think it's meant to be. I loved the elements of history that were there, combined with fantasy which leant the setting a bit of magic. This book is advertised as steampunk, which is there in traces, but perhaps this is expanded upon in future books in the series. Some fantastical ties to historical characters were imaginative and fun; I especially enjoyed the vampire Robin Hood.
Overall this is a quick, fun read. The storyline is great, though a little confusing until the link between different elements is revealed near the end of the book. This sets up the rest of the series with an intriguing overarching storyline, but it was a little frustrating to be confused by seemingly unlinked threads during this first book.
I received an advance review copy of this book for free, and have shared my honest review voluntarily.
Full disclosure: I received a free electronic book copy of Legacy from Nordland Publishing through Book Sirens in exchange for a fair and honest review. I thought that this was going to be more of a steampunk novel; but though it did have some steampunk aspects to it, it was mostly a historical fiction action-adventure, with a lot of supernatural/fantasy elements. Actually, the historical part actually incorporated a lot of alternative history, for example: Native American pirates who attack slaver ships to free the enslaved Africans. The idea of free Native Americans with a steam-powered galleon, attacking slave ships from a home base in the Hawaiian Islands seemed quite fantastical to me.
I waffled about whether I really liked the book, or thought it was just good. I guess some of the weird steampunk aspects like the Native American ship and weapons put me in the 3-star zone. Another thing that bothered me was that the book opens with a story about a Trickster god who captures a demon in 1636. The Trickster god's manipulations are supposed to be the cause of everything that happens in the stories to come (the book series presumably), but I couldn't figure out how it was related at all by the end of this book. Some other things were not fully explained either-- like how the two Landcross brothers were under supernatural protection; at least, it wasn't obvious to me. And other cookie crumbs aren't picked up at all, but are left for the sequel.
The book was pretty long at 412 pages, including a teaser from the sequel, but it read pretty fast -- except that I kept for looking for the meaning behind those cookie crumbs. I was impressed with the characters, especially Pierce Landcross and Clover Norwich, but also the young Joaquin Landcross and Freya Bates, who appear in an extended backstory flashback. The mad Lord Tarquin Norwich is a suitably over-the-top villain, although one could argue he should have been given some redeeming characteristic other than villainous ability. Archie Landcross, the secret lover brother, has a good heart, but I found his relative lack of competence to be irritating.
This is one book that doesn't you probably can't appreciate fully until you read the whole series. 3 stars.
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 because the description called it "An unforgettable steampunk fantasy novel set in Victorian England." Well... I must have missed something because there were only slight hints at steampunk. Fantasy? Yes. Steampunk? Not really.
I did not know this was published in 2016, but that's the copyright on my review copy, though on Goodreads, there is a note of "first published March 16th 2015". When I logged it, I saw "The Legacy #1". Turns out there are five more in the series (so far?) This is good because I found this one to be a little light. Light on the fantasy, though better than average on the story. And I thought it was light on development and backstory. At times it seemed as though I'd missed a first book, but that would be this, so that wasn't it. [As a rule, I don't like to summarize fiction in my reviews because I don't want to spoil for any potential reader. There are usually plenty of plot summaries out there if one is so inclined.] The villain is over the top without that backstory, and the fantasy elements are few. Some are so vague - I expect those to be resolved in the sequels, but if a reader didn't want to continue? There was a surprise that was completely unanticipated...I'll leave it for the reader to learn when it appears.
[Edit: I forgot to mention...]...there are some alternate history items that are interesting to me. Enough said there.
So...not what I expected, not as advertised (I do not know if that was publisher blurb or some reviewer who really doesn't know steampunk), but intriguing and engaging enough that I will check out the next. I appreciate the opportunity to review.
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 happen there but still.
The things I did like: - characters and their developement: Legacy has lots of characters and almost all of them has their own background stories. Clover and Archie Norwich are loving siblings. Despite Clover being only a child, she is clever, courageous and creative. I couldn’t help but like her. Archie is at first shy, reserved but caring man who just wants to live in peace but as the story goes he turns into a brave and resourceful man who will protect not just his sister but others too. Then there is Pierce Landcross. He is a thief and has been chiod childhood. But he is an honorable one. He seems at first flippant and just wants to be left alone and start a new life but someone like him can’t just do that. He is also brave and funny and has a heart no matter what he claims. - writing style: the story was easy to follow despite the lots of characters. The story has action and suspense so it kept my attention.
I’m giving 4 stars.
I received an advance review copy for free and I’m leaving this review voluntarily.
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 Queens cousin was certainly an advantage, however he had forged this own reputation as a hard man not to be messed with. So, when he told his son Archie that he had to go and find Pierce Landcross and bring him home for him to interrogate, Archie wasn’t about to say no. Meanwhile Tarquin set off to find Joaquin Landcross and hopefully extract the where location of the Toymaker, Indigo Peachtree. Tarquin needed to get hold of ‘The Journal’ and the Masks, and he believed the Toymaker could help him. Power was the only thing Tarquin was interested in. This is a clever story, with a great group of characters. It’s well worth a read.
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 brothers, the toymaker, and various other characters.
The characters are well developed and come alive, especially Archie and Pierce Landcross. I absolutely love the author's writing style and how the story and dialogue just has a natural flow. I love a good adventure story and this fits the bill. You will be as drawn in as I was with the plot and the characters with this book. A must read.
Lowe wrote a lovely steampunk-ish novel, and for the characters, I would gladly read the next book just the same. Under the brand of steampunk fantasy, you get corruption, paranormal and delicately interwoven historical fiction. For the sake of full disclosure, I got an ARC via BookSirens, for nothing but an honest review, so-- here goes.
I was caught by the cover art. Honestly, that got me before the writing did. No regrets, it is gorgeous, and I would gladly have a hardcover copy decorating my bookshelf.
I love the characters. The in-depth build, woven seamlessly into the storylines... as far as our protagonists go anyway. Pierce, a flawed rogue; Clover, a wise child who has witnessed so much in her life. I was not entirely convinced by the villain provided, but then again-- that might just be me. Regardless, I would certainly suggest you grab a copy.
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 assemble at the summer residence on an island where Norwich has assembled slaves to build advanced weaponry. As the ending approaches, a vampire provides assistance and a magic spell brings an incarnation of the Fates. With most problems resolved, the story ends with a bit of a cliffhanger to set the stage for the next episode
Positive: I really enjoyed listening to this book. The main characters are three-dimensional, have both strengths and flaws, and the protagonists are easy to care about. The plot was interesting. The narration was excellent. I didn't want the book to end.
Negative: The only issue I had with the story was with the scenes involving the characters that were taken over (marked by their eyes) and the epilogue. I found it difficult to keep track of what was going on and who the responsible characters were. I assume that this will be clarified in the second book, but I was occasionally confused as to what was going on. This is the only reason why I didn't give the book five stars.
Bottom line: If you like steampunk, I definitely recommend that you read (or listen to) this book. I will certainly read more books by this talented author.
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 challenges and battles faced by the characters start the flow of a great series. I look forward to reading more by this author, especially as there are more books in the series.
This was a good read. It had many interesting twists and turns, an engaging plot, and likeable characters. I will definitely be looking for the next in the series.
This book would be a good bet for lovers of fantasy questing stories, especially those that like some quirks to the story. I do feel it’s somewhat mislabeled as ‘steampunk’, because it does have a few things that fall into that category but, in my opinion, not as prominent an element as suggested by using this descriptor. Perhaps it becomes more integral in later books. That note aside, it’s definitely a solid and worthwhile read.
I received a free copy of this through VoraciousReadersOnly.
The main plot of the book is compelling and filled with interesting characters whose lives are complexly woven together. Their adventures are many and varied and highly entertaining.
However, what tries to be a slow burn of over-arching subplot fails to deliver. We are teased with it throughout but still left unsatisfied by its disjointedness. Many times flashbacks are used to try to piece it into the main plot, or characters narrate the salient points in a bid to bring understanding, without it being organically revealed.
A lot of promise, but poorly executed.
I received a free copy from Booksirens and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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 all of course the imagination.
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 first of the series, I am looking forward to the sequel.
I did enjoy this book, especially the parts with the trickster God in it and some of the fantasy elements. There's definitely an interesting world here. I don't think it was for me, but certainly far from a bad book. I did find it hard to keep track of the different characters; I think too much was introduced too fast, and I didn't get enough time with characters I enjoyed before moving on. But it's technically sound and a well made story in a unique world.
I received a review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
I was given a audio copy of this book for free for an honest review. I generally like steampunk novels. This one however I did not start out liking at all. I did not really like any of the characters at all in the beginning and some of them I just hated completely. However as the book continued I did start to enjoy parts of it. By the end of the book I did end up liking a couple of the characters including Pierce and Clover.
This is a delightful romp of a book. Pierce Landscross lurches from one mortal mishap to another in his bid to escape England after his lastest criminal deed. Unfortunately, it's not just the law after him. This is a lovely mix of alternate history, steampunk and the supernatural. It reads like an old-style 'Boy's Own' adventure story. There's way too much going on to mention. Recommended reading for any fantasy or adventure fan.
I was offered this book through Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review. There was absolutely nothing I didn’t like about this book. The story drew me in from the first chapter. There is so much going on in this story that makes you keep reading and when you’re done you want to read more! Honestly I’m inclined to read everything this author writes, she’s that good!
With thanks to Voracious readers for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A tale of fates intertwined ,a thief a toymaker and a lover on a journey of discovery. I was very excited when I read that this book had steampunk elements but unfortunately I found myself not as captivated as I would have liked . The story failed to hold my attention and felt somewhat predictable.