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Legacy of Steel

(Legacy Trilogy #2)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Warfare, myth and magic collide in Legacy of Steel, the spectacular sequel to Matthew Ward's acclaimed fantasy debut Legacy of Ash.

A year has passed since an unlikely alliance saved the Tressian Republic from fire and darkness, at great cost. Thousands perished, and Viktor Akadra - the Republic's champion - has disappeared.

While the ruling council struggles to mend old
Hardcover, 768 pages
Published November 5th 2020 by Orbit (first published November 3rd 2020)
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Nick Borrelli
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Matthew Ward is the kind of author I dream about (don't mean to make you uncomfortable Matthew). Let me explain. He writes doorstopper epic fantasy books that play through your mind as you are reading them like Lawrence of Arabia or Ben-Hur on a giant movie screen. The cast of characters is vast, the world is deep and well thought out, the battle scenes are well, bloody impactful, and the plot is heartbreakingly compelling as all hell. The first book in this series, Legacy of Ash, wowed me beyon ...more
Adah Udechukwu
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Legacy of Steel was brilliant from start to finish. The novel was totally worth my time. Book 3 is a must-read.
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Another epic adventure from Matthew Ward!

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The Legacy Trilogy is an ambitious one, to say the least. Legacy of Ash, book #1, was a hefty debut from Matthew Ward, and I was impressed to see how strongly this sequel, Legacy of Steel, held up to the epic story and world of the first book.

Legacy of Steel takes place about a year or so after the events of the first book, so there's not too much to get used to and it's pretty easy to get back into everythi
Yuli Atta
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5

Reading one of my most anticipated releases of the year while in a reading slump wasn't easy but I thoroughly enjoyed this book anyway.

Usually I'd probably write a longer review but right now I just don't feel like it.

I loved it. The stakes were much higher, there was more magical and godly interference and I absolutely loved that! Gods meddling in mortal affairs is one of my favourite things to read about.

I just... Loved it.

Even though I couldn't care less about Melanna and Apara, I
Traveling Cloak
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Earlier this year when I reviewed the first book in The Legacy Trilogy, Legacy of Ash, my biggest takeaway was how epic the book was; and, honestly, I did not think it had anywhere else to go on a grand scale. But author Matthew Ward found a way to make Legacy of Steel bigger, broader in scope, and even more bombastic than the first.

Truth be told, I was not actually sure where the plot was going to go, what story was left to tell in a second book. There were a few loose ends, but Legacy of Ash f
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Advance Reading Copy (ARC) kindly provided by Netgalley and Orbit. The actual joy and pleasure to read this book was all my own!

Legacy of Steel continues the story a year in the future from where Legacy of Ash left off. The story begins with Melanna, the tradition smashing Princessa of the Hadari, finally being accepted as the Emperor Kai Sadarn’s heir. However, the ceremony is marred when an unknown assailant attacks her father.

Meanwhile, the Tressian council is rebuilding and order is being re
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series is huge! I liked the first installment and loved this one.
It's a gripping and highly entertaining story that kept me hooked and made me turn pages as fast as I could.
Great storytelling and world building, excellent character development.
I can't wait to read another book by this author.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An extremely entertaining second instalment in a series that doesn’t go for the obvious and puts character focus first. Managed epic and also the low scale takes too - excellent

Full review -
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
War is coming to the Tessian Republic, and so starts a mortal and divine battle.

After reading the second book in the Legacy Trilogy, I’m still not sure why I’m drawn to these books. I did enjoy the first book, Legacy of Ash, so I suppose being offered the second book made me feel like I ought to read it. I hadn’t gone back to at least look through the first book, nor did I look back at my review, but Legacy of Steel nicely caught me up and threw a dark blanket over the week and half it took me t
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Nazia at Orbit Books, Orbit Books, and Orbit Books at Netgalley for providing with me an ARC! All thoughts are mine!

You know the feeling when you feel you’ve accomplished something huge and you have no words to describe it? That’s what I feel. This is an exhaustive, chunking, massive bible so to say. This book is like holding the lore of a new world that you’ve discovered in a library that differs completely from this world. I feel as if I have seen the death of fathers, their betra
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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What a ride this book was! Gorgeous writing and world building and so many intense moments for those characters I love ! The ending took me by surprise so I’m already anticipating the next book !!
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I really loved book 1 of this series (Legacy of Ash), so I was worried that book 2 might not live up to my expectations. Boy, was I wrong! "Legacy of Steel" sits you nicely on an emotional faultline and subjects you to many tremors and a full-blown quake or two. My heart is still pounding from reading
this book. It's beautifully written, the story is beyond any words I can conjure, and the characters become far more solid. I can't wait for book 3, and hope there will be many more books from Matth
D. Adam Smith
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Legacy of Steel is the stunning, poetic and action-packed sequel to the debut marvel that is Legacy of Ash; forget the thrones of human men, this is a game of divine thrones, interspersed with vibrant, fully-realised battles that Ward brings the reader so close to you can feel the thundering of hooves, hear the cries of war, death and undead. This is how you do a sequel. Don’t leave it to chance. Fill it with an intense plot, bring it to life with beautiful imagery and prose and you’ll have one ...more
Joe Lindley
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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MJ Barrette
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ah I did it, I finished it! And I feel like a piece of my soul will stay with it. Whatever Mr. Ward writes from this point on, my eyes will read it.

This will leave me reeling until August for Legacy of Light, to which I look forward to.

If you have time to spare, I highly recommend, as the book gets better when the gods decide to play.
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books-read
Great epic doorstop fantasy! Nice and grim but with more direct magic than Game of Thrones. The gods are not nice and the battlefields are bloody.
Interesting characters but there are enough of them that some are lightly outlined. Just enough to give you a sense of the character. I look forward to book three.
Dawn Buchanan
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read

This novel is so full of action and intrigue that is leaves you breathless.The characters are likeable and interesting.I look forward to the next instalment.
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Matthew Ward is a writer, cat-servant and owner of more musical instruments than he can actually play (and considerably more than he can play well). He’s afflicted with an obsession for old places – castles, historic cities and the London Underground chief amongst them – and should probably cultivate more interests to help expand out his author biography.

After a decade serving as a principal archi

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