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(Legacy #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,721 ratings  ·  401 reviews
Only I saw Narian for who he truly was: a young man with courage and an independent mind, and made to pay for what was outside his control. He couldn't help his past any more than he could help the way those intense, deep-blue eyes pierced me and held me captive.

An eighteen-year-old queen in love with the enemy as their countries pass the point of no return...

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Paperback, 494 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by HarlequinTeen (first published January 1st 2011)
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Maggie Feng
Apr 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
I hated Alera. How could such a woman be so weak? So selfish? So incredibly useless and overcome by her own emotions that she fails to act for the good? I'm afraid that reading about her completely ruined the book for me, even though the book itself had an incredibly slow plot too caught up on the wrong things.

What exactly is wrong with Alera? Well, specific instances come to mind: She's freaking stuck on the wrong guy. I understand that she loves another person, but when you're the freaking que
May 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
Alera is weak in book 1 and she’s even worse in book 2. She spends most of the story in her room, sleeping or hiding from Steldor. I might see this for a normal teenage girl in the midst of drama, for a week or two at most. But at some point, you are going to have to put on your big girl pants and stop sniveling. Alera does not do this. She sulks and cries until someone hugs her, then she hides in her room, where we have now spent probably 600 of the 1000 pages in these two books. But Alera is t ...more
May 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Urgh. There are so many things about this book that frustrated me! I mean really, REALLY frustrated me. I love the story and the world-building is amazing.

But Alera? Well, I would have stabbed her in the cave. The story would be much better off without her. The other characters (especially the Elite Guards) are all so well-developed and strong. I just don't understand why Alera is so mortifyingly annoying. She's passive, weak-minded, selfish and above all stupid. She allows her kingdom's destru
Small Review
Originally posted on Small Review

3.5 stars

Yes, this is a sequel. I tried to avoid major spoilers and hide anything that might be spoilery, but you WILL get some spoilers for the first book.
Want to read my review of Legacy instead?

Did the writing improve?

Um, no.

The writing is pretty much exactly the same as the first book. Lots of useless information and sentences that say in twenty words what could easily have been said in ten. This frustrates me and I sigh about it an awful lot, but it's cle
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Most people who pick up this book or series won't be looking for or expecting to find a pretty good story about politics and war, but this one is. There are quite a few impressively done scenes that has just the right tone and feel for a city and kingdom under seige by the enemy and the desperation comes right through. I can totally understand the frustration the main character, Alera, goes through since she's the leader of the place but unable to do anything about what's going on around her. Th ...more
Trisha Wolfe
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
All right…just let me get this out of my system real quick…Steldor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UGH! Why am I always rooting for the losing team?
Moving on…

What an awesome follow up to the first book! Alera grew so much in this second novel. Even though I would have happily been with Steldor, I do understand her reasoning for not. The heart wants what the heart wants, and I was impressed with how she kept to her convictions and became stronger because of them. Girl power! I also appreciate that she is not per
Brilliant! Wonderful! I loved everything about Legacy and I love everything about Allegiance. I love a good fairy tale but to me this is a great fairy tale, fantasy, and romance all tied up perfectly. The world that Ms Kluver creates is so rich, I felt like I was right there with my favorite characters as events unfolded. “The hall was empty except for a cloaked figure who stood motionless upon a black marble dais. He waited, watching the doors at the far end with eyes as bright as emeralds and ...more
Dec 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Honestly I can not finish this book.

I am two chapters from the end and I cant deal with Alera's stupidity anymore!

"'Is there no one else?' I asked feeling ill-equipped to take this task" The high priestess gives her a chance to govern her kingdom again but she needs to think about it(WTF!?) I thought she wanted to be viewed as someone capable and equal to men.

Alera's attitude and thoughts in general are contradictive every few pages. Honestly its like looking into the mind of a selfish, idiot
I am so impressed with this book! I couldn't put it down. This is a sequel to Legacy which I read a long time ago and loved even tho it had writing problems. I was expecting some of the same writing problems in this book and was overjoyed to find none. Now that Teen Harlequin is publishing these books and the first one has been re-released I wonder if it has been rewritten? This book had no such problems. The details and description were amazing. You could tell the author loved all the small det ...more
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Hmmmm....i'm really trying to calm myself to write this review. *deep breaths*

Kluver is young. We all know that. But she is older than the previous book. And i can't say the writing style changed much from then. It was more well written, that's true but i could still see a young person behind and sometimes i felt like the wrong words were picked to describe. I think that if Kluver had picked a more normal YA, with not so much epic fantasy in it her writing would match better the story. It's not
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harlequin
Originally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me

Ever since I read Legacy last year, I've been in love with Cayla Kluver and the world she created at just fourteen. I adored her characters and absolutely couldn't wait to continue her exciting story! In this thrilling sequel, the war between Hytanica and Cokyri intensifies to frightening levels and you'll learn so much more about the characters you loved…or hated! Whether you're Team Steldor or Team Narian…Kluver will take your mind and heart for
Brittany Rehage
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rarely like the second book in trilogies. They generally feel like a bridge to get from the end of book one to the beginning of book three without anything happening. It usually feels like a waste of a full book when simply making books one and three just a little longer would have worked just fine.

Allegiance is nothing like that.

There is not one part of this book that felt like that. I could not stop reading. The only times I was forced to put the book down were driving home from the coffee s
Clare Cannon
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
Shelves: adults
A feel-good historical 'kingdom' romance that reads as a filler between novels more than a noteworthy story in its own right.

The main character is a well-wishing but not particularly good heroine who is given more credit than she deserves for courage and leadership ability. She frequently demonstrates the weakness of putting herself and her feelings before others' needs, and retaliates and sulks when others respond to her confused obstinacy in a way she does not like. Though she occasionally red
Zoe Liew
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I kinda wish she ends up with Steldor now.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it did not like it

Rarely has a book, series, or author driven me quite so crazy. The problem is the parts that are good are pretty good, but there are parts that are horrendous, and unfortunately, those are the parts that supposedly are the main backbone of the story. I only thought I hated the heroine from Andrea Cremer's Nightshade. I really do hate the heroine from Legacy/Allegiance, and she hardly deserves to even be called a heroine. Has there ever been such a weak, selfish, simpering, and altogether idiotic
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, romance, 2-stars
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? No. As my sister put it, it looks like a Christian romance, and while I will admit that there are a few Christian romances that I like, I have never been a fan of their cover art. I’m all for pretty dresses, but that one is just ridiculous, and sorry, but the dude doesn’t look like he belongs in that era. Also, there is not one, but two character impersonators. I do like all of the curlies, though, naturally.

Characters: Alera, our lovely protagonist, is annoying at the be
Charlotte  Black
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review is really a 4.5 stars. I enjoyed this story as much as Legacy, the writing was still exemplary, rich and absorbing while a darker tone took over the book towards the end as war engulfed Hytanica.

The only problems are with the story itself. Parts were slightly annoying and others had me cheering.

But firstly, lets talk about Alera. I still love her. I think she's completely inept at acting like a Queen, although when she is forced to head functions she does it well in a queenly manner.
Originally posted on The Authoress: Book Review and More.

I don't think I have ever seen such a downfall between books. Where Alera was merely an irritant in the first book, Legacy, she has turned into a thorn in my side. Ultimately, she ruined the whole book for me. I couldn't finish because she was just that irritating. While Ms. Kluver's writing has the kind of archaic grace up there with Christopher Paolini, I wasn't as impressed this time around versus with the first book. Bottom line: I wa
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
There is no question that Legacy left one of the most uncool cliffhangers that I have ever faced in the history of reading. Whether or not it served as a ploy to get readers to pick up the next installment, I must admit that I am glad that I gave Cayla Kluver another chance because Allegiance was absolutely heartbreakingly good in the sense that one character made the story come to life for me.

{Falling in love with the “bad guy”} I can accept Alera’s scandalous love for the Cokyrian
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Allegiance immediately picks up where Legacy left off. Alera is now Queen of Hytanica and she is trapped in a loveless marriage to Steldor; however, her heart still belongs to Narian. Unfortunately, Narian is forced to serve the Overlord, Hytanica's enemy, and because of this, Alera knows she cannot be with Narian. In truth, she is having a hard time letting him go. Alera must lead her kingdom through a dark time with many unexpected events and her heart cannot be conflicted. Allegiance, book tw ...more
WHERE TO BEGIN?!!! FAVORITE, WONDERFUL, 5 stars!! I love this series so much that I had to find character representations and theme songs and make a book's the link to it...
The second half was definetly darker and more bleak than the first book, and yet I loved every second of it! At first I was surprised about how much could go bad, and I thought..this just can't BE! This definetly wasn't a book where there's a big build-up for things to
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book improved on the first book immensely. There was generally more action, more romance, and better dialogue. The author spent less time describing what the characters wore and spent more time developing the characters. I found my self eager to find out what happened to each of the characters.

Alera went through an interesting evolution in this book. She became less selfish and inward focused and became more caring about the people around her (although it was neither a short or easy journe
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

Alera is now Queen with King Steldor by her side. Yet she still feels nothing in her heart for him. There’s much at stake now that he is king. A growing threat of Coykri soldiers lie in their midst and when someone is kidnapped, that is when the action and intrigue start to happen.

I felt a little winded reading Allegiance only because nothing
Maraki M.
Allegiance is my favourite book! It's really great!!! It's even better than the first one and the story is so touching. In this book I also changed my mind about Steldor. He seems to be so romantic and sentimental. But Narian is the character that I like much more than Steldor. Overall, it's a well-written book with a very interesting and touching story. I love Cayla's books!!!
I really can't wait for the next one!
Sandie Mixa
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Well the 2nd one was just as good as the first. COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN.
May 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
-May 8th edit-
Due to some soul-searching connected with the discovery of An Essay on Criticism, I am reviewing my reviews to see if I am unnecessarily a jerk in any of them. This one looks all right, I think I was even more generous than I would be now in retrospect. However, I shall let it stand.

I have to admit, there was a lot of squee bubbling up inside me in anticipation of this release. Legacy wasn't a classic, but it was a heckuvalot better and less predictable than what many older and mor
Gina (My Precious Blog)

Publisher: Harlequin Teen; Original edition (February 28, 2012)
Length: 512 pages
Format: Kindle
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Series: Yes, Book 2 of 3
Completed: March 2012
Challenges: 2012 Mammoth Book Challenge, 2012 Finish the Series Challenge, 2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge, 2012 E-Book Challenge, 2012 Sophomore Reading Challenge, 2012 2nd Challenge, 2012 YA/MG Fantasy Challenge


This book picks right up where Legacy left off. Ale
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantasy Writer 4 Life
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was very tragic at some times- but I absolutely loved the whole series.

If you can't handle too much gore, war, and violence, then you might not want to read it.
If you can, I'm sure you will like it!
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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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“What do you need?" I asked, sitting beside him and fumbling through the mishmash in my lap. "How about this?"
I examined a container and read the label.
"Will belladonna do?"
"That's a poison, dear.I'd prefer if you didn't give me that." Even with his ghastly injury,his dry humor survived.”
“Release my horse!" I ordered, infuriated with him and wary of both the large, energetic beast and its rider.
"No," Steldor snapped. "You're coming back with me."
Gripping my reins, he permitted his stallion to move forward in the direction of the city, my mount obediently following. Unwilling to give in to him, I slid from my horse's back.
"I don't think I will return just yet, Your Majesty."
With an exasperated sigh, he dismounted and strode toward me.As he did, he took in my preposterous appearance.
"What are you doing?" he demanded, stopping in his tracks. "You're out in the middle of nowhere, by yourself, dressed like a man and riding your father's horse! Have you gone mad, woman?" He continued to scrutinize me, and his incredulity transformed itself into a frown. "And just where did you get the belt and breeches?" As realizatin struck, he sarcastically added, "Just my luck that you would decide to get into my trousers when I wasn't there yo enjoy it."
My cheeks burned at his crude comment, and had I been a little closer, I would likely have dealt him a second slap. At the same time, I knew his assessment was accurate.
"I was just going for a ride.I have the right to some fresh air," I asserted, hands upon my hips.
Steldor gave a short, scathing laugh. "Not like this you don't.Now get on your horse.”
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