Book Review: THE LAST LEGACY by Adrienne Young

Title in red on dark seas
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: YA
Star Rating: 4 stars
Series: yes - companion novel

*SPOILER ALERT: contains SPOILERS for FABLE and NAMESAKE*

Synopsis:

Book cover for THE LAST LEGACY: title in white on girl with red hair flying

When a letter from her uncle Henrik arrives on Bryn Roth’s eighteenth birthday, summoning her back to Bastian, Bryn is eager to prove herself and finally take her place in her long-lost family.

Henrik has plans for Bryn, but she must win everyone’s trust if she wants to hold any power in the delicate architecture of the family. It doesn’t take long for her to see that the Roths are entangled in shadows. Despite their growing influence in upscale Bastian, their hands are still in the kind of dirty business that got Bryn’s parents killed years ago. With a forbidden romance to contend with and dangerous work ahead, the cost of being accepted into the Roths may be more than Bryn can pay.

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Review:

THE LAST LEGACY is set in the world of FABLE and NAMESAKE, delving deeper into a family introduced in NAMESAKE. You could probably read it without reading the others, but the understanding of why there’s a merchant ring up for grabs, or why the rings are so important might be missing some context. Plus you’ll know far more about Auster and have a few more hints about Ezra if you’ve read the others.

It’s not a “boat book”, like the other entries, spending the entire time of dry land, so it has a very different feel. It’s still a story of outsiders, but this time Bryn is an outsider in her a ruthless family who trying to become more than seedy traders to gain power and respect beyond simply that of fear. She wants to get in, to earn their trust, and then finds it’s not as much fun as she thought it might be.

You might think that it’d be a seedy underbelly sort of book, with crooks and “gritty details,” given who the Roths are. While their world is brutal, and they’re brutal to each other, it’s got a very different feel to your typical underworld book. These are people with aspirations to move higher in the world, and they’re not in casinos or running brothels, and if they’re strong arming people, it’s done off page and not brought up.

The physical violence is to each other, portrayed in a very surreal light, which manages to drive home the unnatural nature of it without being gory. Instead, they’re defrauding the gem trade to gain money, and then using that money to more into more legitimate business – with the fake gems on the side.

It’s the shortest of the books set in this world, barely skimming over 300 pages, and it goes down just as easily as the others. Adrienne Young has a confident writing style that balances plot alongside character as if it was as easy as waking up. A lot of major events happen in the last 20 pages, but it doesn’t feel rushed or sudden, which is a rare feeling for me to come away with when that happens.


Read my reviews of other books by Adrienne Young:

Young Adult:

Fableverse (this world):

Sky in the Deep:

Adult:

Standalones:

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