Having absolutely adored Fable, I had high hopes for The Last Legacy. Taking place in the same world, I wasn’t sure what to expect. And while i liked some aspects, I didn’t fall head over heels as I expected. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
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.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
I was immediately drawn to Bryn. To the way she has to prove herself, to earn her place at the table amidst a family that sees you only for what you can provide. She’s clever, cunning, and resourceful. Not afraid to take risks, Bryn was a heroine I knew I’d love. And she remains my favorite element. Because I was so taken aback by how quick the romance story line was established. The audiobook narrator was fantastic and it felt like I was being swept away. But all of a sudden I was like, “wait, did I miss something?”
The romance, while cute, felt quick and I wasn’t honestly sure how/why it started. At the same time, the plot felt abrupt, especially towards the end. I even had to check my progress at the end. I was just not expecting it to resolve the way it did and not in a surprise way, but in a, “really?” kind of way. Thematically, I also felt like there were themes to be explored like family, sacrifice, and love that is synonymous with obedience, but they weren’t?
So while it was certainly a quick read, it felt underdeveloped. While I liked Bryn, it wasn’t enough to worm its way into my heart. I felt like there was more to this story that could have been. That being said, did I enjoy being back in the world? Yes. I love the idea of a standalone in this world, this just wasn’t what I wanted it to be. Find The Last Legacy on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, Bookshop.org, Libro.fm, Google Play & The Book Depository.