May 13, 2022

REVIEW The Last Legacy by Adrienne Young

The Last Legacy by Adrienne Young
Rating: 4 Stars
Release Date: September 7, 2021
Format: Audiobook (library)
Publisher: Wednesday Books 

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Bryn Roth, despite living with her great aunt, has dreamed of being part of the main Roth family in Bastian for most of her life. Her dreams come true when a letter from her uncle arrives on her 18th birthday to summon her home. The dream quickly turns into something more like a nightmare, when Bryn gets thrown into the middle of family politics and power plays between the merchants of Bastian. Will she be able to survive the snake’s pit, and carve out her own place in the world in the process?

Bryn is such a fierce and determined heroine, and I enjoyed getting to know her over the course of The Last Legacy. Her family is ruthless, and it's evident how the Roth family carved out their place in Bastian. It was rather telling when Bryn's uncle, Henrik, sent her into a situation where he expected her to be in danger and did nothing when she was backhanded. As Bryn says, “there's family and then there's business”. Much of this story covers Bryn and how she tries to carve out her place in both the family and the world. It also details Bryn's struggle to create her own identity under the weight of her family's expectations. Her character arc over the course of the story felt authentic and relatable. As much as I miss the crew of the Marigold, I appreciated the opportunity to get to explore a familiar world and new characters. Bryn and Ezra’s relationship is just as swoon-worthy as that of Fable and West. 

This was another strong audiobook performance for one of Adrienne Young's books. Suzy Jackson was the narrator, and I appreciated how they did not use the same narrator as the main Fable books (Emma Lysy). Some authors and publishers do that, and it's always weird when one narrator does the voice for two perspectives. 

Overall, The Last Legacy was an entertaining read. I do want to note that those picking up The Last Legacy should be aware that outside of a shared universe, this book has little to nothing in common with Fable and Namesake. The story still stands on its own and is just as amazing as Adrienne's other works - I just wish it had more crossover with the original duology. I'm holding out hope and crossing my fingers that a book focused on Saint will be released in the future.

About the Book

New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with The Last Legacy, a captivating standalone about family and blood ties, reinventing yourself, and controlling your own destiny.

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.

About the Author

Adrienne Young is the New York Times, USA Today, and Indie list bestselling author of the Sky in the Deep duology, the Fable series, and the forthcoming Spells for Forgetting. Her books have been published in over twenty-five countries around the world and Fable had the honor of being selected as a Reese’s Bookclub YA Pick. 

Young is also the creator of the continuously sold out Writing With the Soul Workshop and numerous initiatives to support women and youth storytellers, including the Fable Grant. Her first nonfiction project is the soon-to-be-released The Storytellers Workbook, in collaboration with artist and author Isabel IbaƱez. 

When she’s not writing, you can find Adrienne on her yoga mat, on a walk in the woods, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives and writes in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

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