Legacy had been sitting on my computer for a while. I kept meaning to get to it, but other things distracted me from it. With only 2 days left to read it before it disappears from my e-galley list, I decided to give it a try. And I’m happy I did. Legacy is an enjoyable, fast read. It’s not a great book, but I liked it enough to not regret reading it.
Legacy starts when Katy Jessevar ‘s widowed father dumps her at boarding school in Massachusetts. All her life, Katy has been aware that she had some supernatural abilities, but always hid it from others, especially her father. When she arrives at boarding school, she realizes that the town and school are full of witches and that her ancestors were quite notable. Along the way, she learns about her mother, family, love and herself.
The first half of the story is about us getting to know Katy and her adjustment to the witch community. Because of her mother’s past, schoolmates and other town residents treat Katy with contempt or fear. It takes a while for Katy to adjust to such ostracism. What makes it even harder is that the boy she likes is part of the group who wants her to leave. Luckily, she finds solace and information when her aunt and great-grandmother seek her out. That’s when the story starts to develop into something more interesting. The plot begins to head into a direction, and we are introduced to the villain of the story.
I don’t read many supernatural books about witchcraft, so I can’t compare Legacy to other novels. However, on its own, it’s entertaining. The witch mythology is slightly different from what I’m familiar with, and the story isn’t too predictable, which is nice. Katy’s character is, of course, well-developed; the story is told in her voice. But I was disappointed that the author didn’t go into more detail on the side characters. The side characters could’ve made the story and this fictional world a lot more interesting. Many of them I was fascinated with, but I still felt that I didn’t get enough of them to fully appreciate, especially characters like Hattie, Peter, and Katy’s aunt and great-grandmother.
The book’s epilogue lets you know that it’s not truly the end. That little twist is rather good, and I’m slightly intrigued to see where the author will go with it. But I’m not clamoring to read to sequel. While I did enjoy this book, I’m not sure if the series will hold my interest for very long. I would suggest giving it a chance though, especially if you enjoy light, supernatural reads.
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