The Last Legacy

January 29, 2022

by Adrienne Young

Bryn Roth has been raised by her great-aunt to charm important men, to plot and scheme. Her destiny is to return to Bastian and the Roth family where she’ll finally take her place in her long-lost family. But the Roths doesn’t turn out to be quite the family Bryn had expected, and she has to use all her wits to get accepted by the family without losing the woman she wants to be, and to make herself so indisposable that her life won’t be bartered with. 

That introduction to this book may not have been the most enticing when it comes to this book. But, honestly, I was struggling to summarize what the book was actually about. Usually, that’s a bad thing. It means I didn’t find a lof of meaning to the book. This was, however, not the case with The Last Legacy. I truly enjoyed this read. It was a solid book with an interesting plot and well developed characters and an equally well developed world. So, I’m not quite sure why I struggle to write a decent blurb.

I found the book a little slow in the beginning. It took a while to get hooked, but then I did and I just kept on reading. It was, solid. It wasn’t the most exciting read, but definitely not a bad one. It was in fact a great read, but perhaps not memorable enough.

The writing is beautiful, and I love how the author can tell so much by so little. There are emotions in the sentences in a way that connects with the reader, things are spoken between the lines in a way. I think it beautifully done, and I kept marking certain passages in the book that I enjoyed. That rarely happens when I read. 

The characters are difficult, but interesting. The Roth family isn’t cardboard cutouts. They are multi-facetted, they basically have split personalities, at least some of them. It makes them hard to grasp, but also interesting to read about. I find it interesting how the author has crafted a family that you want to hate, but at the same time you’re somewhat incapable of doing so. 

Then there’s this thing about the romance plot. This book is basically a love story. And I don’t like that. Not because I don’t like romance in book, but because it was … obvious, and so “tropey” that I’d like to call it a cliché. 

A handsome, creepy, brooding, mysterious bad boy comes along. And clearly the main character hates him with a passion. And clearly his exterior cracks the tiniest bit, and naïve little girl gets a glimpse of something soft underneath, and clearly the air tingles when they broodingly stare into each other’s eyes, and clearly the hate turns into … lust? And yes, so it goes.

I cringed every time that Ezra appeared on the page. I knew from the moment he entered the story what would happen. I didn’t want it to happen. At the same time, he was written in a way that made me not hate him or the unraveling of him. I like him as a character, and maybe I would have come to like him as a love interest, too, with more time. But I’m still left with a bit of a sour taste in my mouth after putting the book down. 

That said, this is a solid book with very few cons. It was a fast and easy read, full of interesting twists and turns and schemes and plots and characters. And it’s hard not to love it. 

So, I’m going to disregard the cringey romance and still give this book the 5/5 stars that it deserves. 

Wrap Up

The Last Legacy

  • 9/10
    Overall
  • 8.5/10
    Plot
  • 9/10
    Characters
  • 10/10
    Writing
  • 9.5/10
    Ending

Pros

  • Beautiful writing
  • Great world building
  • Interesting characters
  • Intriguing plot

Cons

  • Cringey romance
  • A little slow to get into
  • Not memorable

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