by Cayla Kluver
About the book: As a dark rivalry between two kingdoms threatens to erupt into war, a willful princess must decide between duty and desire.
Obligated to wed her father's choice in successor to the throne, seventeen-year-old Princess Alera of Hytanica believes that she is being forced into the worst of all possible fates - a marriage to the arrogant and hot-tempered Steldor. When the attractive and mysterious Narian arrives from enemy lands bearing secrets and different ideas about women's roles in the world, Alera's private desires threaten to destroy the kingdom. The discovery of Narian's shocking past plunges Alera into a shadowy world of palace intrigue and ancient blood feuds, leaving her unsure of what to believe in, or whom to trust.
Legacy introduces novelist Cayla Kluver. Marked by sharp dialogue and dramatic complexity that belie the writer's age, this memorable page-turner brings a fresh, new sensibility to age-old questions of duty and inheritance, and a young heroine's quest to find her own voice.
From me: I am in absolute love with Legacy! It's one of the best "fantasy" stories I have read in a looong time and I'm amazed that a 16-year-old wrote it! The characters and storyline are so well-developed and the romance and intrigue that is woven through the story is just perfect.
The only thing that's got me bummed is that I have to find the money to get the other two books in this trilogy - there's no way I won't leave this story hanging! (I was offered Legacy as a review copy).