When a letter from her uncle Henrick 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.
There is something about Adrienne Young’s writing I absolutely adore and The Last Legacy is no exception. It is set in the same world as the fabulous Fable duology and while we are not meeting Fable and her crew again, I was thrilled to be visiting this richly imagined maritime world again, with a cutthroat crime edge. Whereas the Fable duology is set on the high seas this novel is set in the large influential trading city of Bastian and the majority of the time in the Roth family home. It centres more around the aristocratic merchant families, rather than the pirate crews and their dredgers.
Bryn is summonsed back to Bastian and the Roth family on her 18th birthday. She is shocked to find life with the Roth’s is not what she had been expecting. She doesn’t fit in with this cutthroat family and is shocked by the violence both inside and outside of the family. She doesn’t know who to trust and carving out a niche for herself within this family is proving much harder that she anticipated.
Bryn’s character development it brilliant, she starts off meek, mild mannered and compliant and by the end of the novel she is a headstrong, feisty young woman who is not afraid to speak her mind. She grew from strength to strength and this was really wonderful to see. Ezra is by far my favourite character, poor sweet, brooding and scarred Ezra. I was rooting for him all the way. The romance between these two is a really welcome part of the plot, I adored the chemistry between them and the furtive glances and accidental touches are the little details I absolutely adore in a romance.
The Last Legacy is a thoroughly entertaining and compelling read with lots of twists and turns and I was beyond exciting returning to this world again. I’m really sad this is a standalone and not a duology, I would have loved to have visited Ezra’s and Bryn’s life beyond Bastian.
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date (UK): 18 January 2022
Page Count: 352
Genre: YA Fantasy
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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