September 20, 2021

Book Review: The Last Legacy

I fell completely in love with the world Adrienne Young brought to life in her Fable series, which is unsurprising since I’ve always been partial to stories about sea adventures. When it was announced that she’d be returning to this world one more time (as of right now, anyway) in The Last Legacy, I immediately added this standalone novel to my TBR. Unlike the duology, this book is set solely on Bastian and centers around the Roth family. Eighteen-year-old Bryn Roth receives a letter from her uncle summoning her back to the island to finally take her place with the Roths. But it doesn’t take long for her to realize that she’ll need to fight for her place among the rest of her family, and that it might cost her more than she’s willing to give.

The Last Legacy offers a fresh view on the world brought to life in the Fable series, specifically zeroing in on the Roth family with the use of one of its members as the narrative perspective. It was really fascinating to read about Bryn's opinions and experiences of life as a Roth on the island of Bastian, especially as the novel itself feels a touch darker in tone than the original duology. Bryn herself is a character who immediately piqued my interest; she's clever, courageous and determined to figure out how to make her own fate and future. I'm generally a sucker for female heroines who want more for their lives, especially if they're willing to do whatever it takes... which Bryn certainly is. She's not the only interesting player on the page, however, as it was also cool to learn more about the rest of the Roth family and their allies and enemies.

As has always been my experience with her work, Young's writing is incredibly readable. She really knows how to tell a tale, and when she nails a great moment, she really nails it. (And there were certainly some excellent moments in this one!) Unfortunately, there were aspects of the story that didn't quite work for me personally. The romance, while I did want it to blossom, felt underdeveloped. There were also events that felt too contrived, and the pacing was a touch choppy too. And the ending also felt more abrupt and less earned than I would have liked it to feel (which was likely due to the wrap-up chapters feeling a bit rushed).

Still, I overall enjoyed reading The Last Legacy. It builds on the world that Young brought to life in her most recent duology, while also being an entirely separate story that has a very different vibe to it. Anyone who enjoyed the Fable series will likely enjoy checking out this addition to the world as well, especially if they were already previously curious about the Roth family.

The Last Legacy by Adrienne Young
Related Books: Fable, Namesake
Pub Info: September 7, 2021 by Wednesday Books
Source: e-ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley


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