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Legacies

(Shadow Grail #1)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  2,537 ratings  ·  276 reviews
Who—or what—is stalking the students at Oakhurst Academy?

In the wake of the accident that killed her family, Spirit White is spirited away to Oakhurst Academy, a combination school and orphanage in the middle of Montana. There she learns she is a legacy—not only to the school, which her parents also attended, but to magic.

All the students at Oakhurst have magical powers, a
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Paperback, 308 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Tor Teen (first published June 29th 2010)
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Loralee
Jul 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
Page 186 was good. That was when the teenagers discovered a hidden basement whose secret rooms hid objects belonging to the many teenagers who'd disappeared from their private school, as well as files marked "Tithed." Chilling.

And page 282 was pretty good too, an action scene during the fight when the teenagers set a trap for their enemies and attacked.

In a book over 300 pages long, that's a pretty poor score.

I always wonder, when I slog through a book like this, why it is that fabulous writers
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JJ
Spirit White loses her entire hippie family in a car crash and is sent to live at Oakhurst Academy, where she learns she's a Legacy, a magician. Everyone at Oakhurst has one or more magic gifts that fall into one or more of the four schools of magic, based on the four elements - fire, water, earth and air. Poor Spirit can't seem to figure out what her power is, though--

--Yeah, her name is Spirit. Spirit. Get it? GOSH, I WONDER WHAT HER POWER IS GOING TO TURN OUT TO BE!

Substitute plot and origin
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Cecelia
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Boarding schools. Myths and legend. Orphans. Wish fulfillment. Questionable authority figure behavior. Add in a little mystery, a dollop of angst and the faintest hint of teenage romance, and you’ve got Legacies, the first in a series by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill. The Shadow Grail books feature magical teen orphans who are sent to a Montana boarding school called Oakhurst – and the school is hiding secrets and peril. Wondering if Legacies ticks ALL of the cliché boxes? It does, withou ...more
Stace
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
I really wish Goodreads would give us the option of 1/2 stars because I would have liked to rate this a 2.5. I found enough of it better than just "ok", but I can't really say I liked the book. What I did like was the "idea" of what the book was about. Unfortunately most of it seemed to follow a very basic formula. You have the geek (Lachlan), the goth/rebel (Muirin), the brain (Adelaide,)the jock (Burke) and the lost girl who can't find her magic (Spirit)all thrown together to fight the unknown ...more
Mike
Jul 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Every once and a while the fine folks at Tor will send me a title which doesn’t quite jive with my demographic. This time around I decided to give one of those titles a chance. Legacies is the start of a new YA series by collaborates Rosemary Edghill and Mercedes Lackey, who previously worked together on the Bedlam’s Bard Series over at Baen. The series opens with heroine Spirit recovering in the hospital after a car accident which left her as the only surviving member of her family. It isn’t to ...more
Beverly K
This series tries too hard to be Harry Potter and then, when it realizes it can't quite live up to the hype, veers away sharply and without much explanation. It tries too hard to mix in 'modern' life with magic and doesn't succeed. Instead, the characters come off bland and relatively uninteresting, interesting plot points are tossed aside when they could have been explored at greater length, and the whole book can be written off as a teeny-bopper Harry Potter. None of the characters had any dep ...more
Sesana
Mar 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Legacies is set at Oakhurst, a Hogwarts-like school for magicians. (I might have been able to forget that Oakhurst was like Hogwarts, if the authors didn't keep reminding me.) Every student at the school is an orphan, and all (or most) are children of Oakhurst graduates. Nobody questions the high mortality rate of Oakhurst grads. Every year, roughly eight students go missing, sometimes with a paper-thin cover story. (Such as getting sent to a Muggle hospital to have a broken limb repaired, inste ...more
Julia
Oct 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
This pulled too much from Harry Potter - orphaned and sent to live at a magical school...and from there it was just boring. Spirit is mopy, understandably since her family died, but that's all really. And the plot is thin, so so thin. Anyone who has ever heard of the Wild Hunt will be annoyed at how long it takes to come up with the answer and it was too convenient that the hunt happens to be composed of ghost riders, fae SUVs, and a demon hunter, just so that each of the three pairs has some pa ...more
Kogiopsis
Apr 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: galleys, reviewed
I wanted to enjoy this book much more than I did. I really love Mercedes Lackey's work, so naturally I was thrilled to get my hands on this ARC. However, I found it to be cliche, predictable, and disappointing.
Three things-
1. Oakhurst is scenery porn. There's no way around it. Every time someone started describing how sumptuous this place was, I gagged.
2. Spirit? What a terrible, terrible name. You'd think she would have some kind of bearable nickname to lighten the burden. I got really, really
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Joy
Nov 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, urban-fantasy
Rosemary Edghill is the co-author. I actually think she's the better author and has collaborated many times with Lackey.

Lot of questions left to answer in the further episodes of this DARK Hogwarts. It seems to a tie-in with the Urban Elves world already created by Lackey starting with Bedlam's Bard but I could be wrong. Very kid friendly reading which is a big fantasy market now.
The BookWhisperer
Jun 13, 2010 rated it liked it
In the past I have had some trouble reading anything that was written by Mercedes Lackey; I felt that I struggle finding a connection with this authors writings. Although, I was excited and anxious to get my hands on this book and take it for a spin. Having finished I can now say that this was not the absolute best book that I have ever read. With an enjoyable storyline I did find myself able to make progression in the book, and this being a determining factor into a books rating was beneficial ...more
Aunt Edie
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, paranormal
This book reminds me of the first Percy Jackson, maybe just a couple of years older. And that isn't an insult. I thoroughly enjoyed The Lightning Thief. And I really enjoyed Legacies. You can glance through the other reviews and read lots of faults others found with the book. All of them true. But none of that stopped me from turning the pages with delight. Maybe I was just in a really good mood when I read it. Because when I stop and think about it, there isn't anything particularly new or inte ...more
Beverly K
Jan 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
This series tries too hard to be Harry Potter and then, when it realizes it can't quite live up to the hype, veers away sharply and without much explanation. It tries too hard to mix in 'modern' life with magic and doesn't succeed. Instead, the characters come off bland and relatively uninteresting, interesting plot points are tossed aside when they could have been explored at greater length, and the whole book can be written off as a teeny-bopper Harry Potter. None of the characters had any dep ...more
Andrea
May 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
To start off it wasn’t very well written. Ex. She tried to move her arms, but she couldn’t, then tried to open her eyes, but she couldn’t do that, either. Her head really hurt. More every second. And now it hurt to breathe, too.
It really sounded as if a child was explaining things.

Then there was the shortening down of phrases that shouldn’t have been done:
Why they had to live back of beyond of everything was just one more instance of the ‘rents being holdover hippies.
It didn’t matter if you had
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J.c. Drost
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
In reality of this book is rated 2.5 stars. I like it, but not enough for 3 stars.

If I had to give any opinion about this book, I'd say that it read like a first draft. There was too much attention paid to the scenery and not enough paid to character development. The plot really didn't get started until page 90. The list goes on.

I’ve been a huge Mercedes Lackey fan for years, and when I saw that she had started a new series, I jumped at it. I glanced at the back cover, saw that it was a young ad
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Jenny
Mar 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Review originally posted at: http://supernaturalsnark.blogspot.com...


MY THOUGHTS
Legacies is a story not entirely original in nature, focusing on a boarding school for students with magical abilities, but despite its familiar premise, Ms. Lackey and Ms. Edghill infuse their world with a lingering darkness we've not encountered before. Instead of being a nurturing environment designed to foster trust and understanding of the use of magic, Oakhurst Academy has a rather sinister edge where students
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Shelley
*Genre* Young Adult
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

After a devastating car accident takes away 15 year old Spirit White's family and a fire destroys her home while she's in the hospital recovering, the mysterious Oakhurst Academy steps in and welcomes her into their fold. Apparently one of her parents once went to school there, therefore she is a so called legacy, and is also a powerful magician, which isn't necessarily news Spirit wants to hear right now.

From what I've been reading recently, Oakhurst
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The BookWhisperer
In the past I have had some trouble reading anything that was written by Mercedes Lackey; I felt that I struggle finding a connection with this authors writings. Although, I was excited and anxious to get my hands on this book and take it for a spin. Having finished I can now say that this was not the absolute best book that I have ever read. With an enjoyable storyline I did find myself able to make progression in the book, and this being a determining factor into a books rating was beneficial ...more
Kamisha
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book did not hold my interest well at all. The story seemed underdeveloped, I didn't find myself caring about any of the characters at all and the editing was really bad. Words were constantly being repeated either in the same sentence or the sentence right after it. They used the word "emo" too much and for the wrong reason sometimes. I thought the ending would redeem the book a little but it ended up just being disappointing.

The only reason I would consider continuing to read this series
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Heather
May 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
its been years since ive read this, and i dont really remember how i felt about it.
i do remember some things,though.
i thought it was stupid when the headmaster, or w/e he was turned them into rats and then he became an owl or some type of bird.
i remember the main character not even getting her power during this book.which was aggravating.
The Hunt riding around on a jeep was so stupid.
idk if id continue on with this series.
i dont even remember if there was love in here.i kinda think there wasnt.
LadyTechie
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book started out with a similar premise to a couple other YA urban fantasies. Despite that and my hatred of snow, it had real emotion and a great backdrop in Montana. The story that follows the development of friendship and "family" is good along with the fear of being different that everyone goes through. In addition, there was a good mystery that I look forward to seeing how the story develops and the students grow in the next book.
Kathryn
Aug 24, 2010 rated it liked it
It took me a bit to get into this book. And it frustrated how long it took the characters to figure out the protagonist. However, the longer I read, the more I got into the book. By the time I finished, I found I was looking forward to reading the sequel. There is just so much more left to the story.
Jessica Kehrl
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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Arliegh Kovacs
Legacies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill is the first book in the Shadow Grail novels.
It took me a chapter or so to be fully engaged in this book but it carried me away after that. Keep in mind that it's about teenagers and don't expect it to get too frightening although the main characters are in mortal danger.
Characters, rather than plot, are what hook me on a book and I liked these kids. I also liked the way they fit together as a group solving a mystery.
There were times when it hung
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Amanda Evans
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There was a time when I read everything I could by Mercedes Lackey, then it died when Mags came into the picture.

Reading this book brings back the thrill. I like YA books a lot so that helped too.

One of the best parts of the books is Spirit didn't manifest the exact powers she needed at the exact second to save the day. I think if that had have happened I might have thrown the book away. If her powers turn out to be her channeling the memory of dead family, I still think it would be good becau
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Ugh. I thought the book had some very good ideas and for once the teenage characters didn't thoroughly annoy me, though they were unmemorable and I didn't really care what happened to them. The story also bored me a little. It was too Harry Potter wannabe without being as good as that series and it seemed to fall flat in many places. The pacing was off as well and at times the writing was very subpar. What the story needed was a better writer. Now there are apparently two authors, but did Lackey ...more
Jodi
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rt2010, 2017-read, arc, kindle
When Spirit White is suddenly orphaned, she finds herself the ward of the very posh Oakhurst Academy, a school for magic. Only Spirit doesn't have any magic, or so she thinks. What she does know is that students have been disappearing from the academy in a very methodical fashion and they don't seem to coming back. It is not a good sign. Spirit and her friends decide to investigate and discover things are much worse than they suspected. Luckily her friends have harnessed their magic or they migh ...more
Jessica Charlton
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I always have trouble reviewing YA books because I'm a grown-up. But somehow I don't think scattering around a few eye-rolls, text speak and over using the word "emo" is going to make this book appealing to teens. One thing the book does exceptionally well is create a stifled feeling of being alone, overwhelmed and not sure who you can trust, unfortunately, this comes at the expense of being boring. I can't say I really connected with any of the characters.
C.L. McCollum
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I tried to think of how to review this one, but honestly it wasn't bad, it was just sort of OK. For a book about a magic school, it underwhelmed me, I guess, and it felt too much like the first book in a series with how many plot holes and unexplained issues still hung around. I get that not everything could have been settled, but more felt unresolved than resolved if that makes sense.
Elizabeth
Pretty bland for a book where everyone does magic. I also found it a tad annoying how often they brought up the fact that people do magic when they're at a school for magicians... like duh. I felt it needed more magic and less talking about it.
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“Doctor Ambrosius smiled slightly. "You and all the others here, are-or rather, one day will be-magicians."
Spirit broke into a disbelieving laugh.
"Right," she said, starting to stand up. Mean, she could deal with; crazy was something else. "Thank you, Professor Dumbledore. I hope the train hasn't left yet, because-”
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