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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Legacies - Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill (Young Adult)

Released July 2010

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Legacies is the first installment in Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill's new Shadow Grail paranormal series for teens. Spirit White's parents and younger die in the same car accident Spirit survives. While recovering in the hospital, she learns her parents arranged for Oakhurst Academy to become her guardian if anything were to happen to them.

Upon her release, she learns that Oakhurst Academy is unique. It's a school where orphans learn magic. Only a few children are accepted because their parents must have been an Oakhurst student too.

Soon Spirit and her new friends learn that there truly is evil out there. Students begin disappearing under unusual circumstances. Needing to know what is happening, the teens band together to unravel the truth and keep each other safe.

I loved Legacies. I was afraid at first that the story would begin to mimic Harry Potter, but it really doesn't. The school is very affluent, so I enjoyed seeing these kids treated to luxuries they'd never dream of. The magic and wizardry school really takes second fiddle to the actual relationships and investigations. There isn't lengthy episodes while they are in their classes. Involvement with teachers is limited.

The focus on the teens rather than their education was appreciated. Now, I'm eagerly awaiting the next book. I can't wait to see what happens to Spirit and her friends.

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