Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Review: Sacrifice by Cayla Kluver

Sacrifice (Legacy #3) by Cayla Kluver
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy

This is not the time for the fight to end. Now is when the fight will begin. This is the time to regain what has been lost.  Alera.  Queen of a fallen kingdom, secretly in love with the enemy. Shaselle. Daughter of a murdered father, rebel with a cause.

One lives behind the former Hytanican palace walls and walks the razor's edge to keep the fragile peace in her beloved homeland. The other slips through the war-torn streets, seeking retribution for her family's tragedy, following whispers of insurgency.

Both face choices that will separate them from those they cannot help but love. As their stories intertwine, a conspiracy ignites that may end in slavery or death—or lead to freedom anew, if only each can face what must be sacrificed.

What a fitting and perfect conclusion to a great series.  Legacy began the world-building, the characterization, and the setup.  Allegiance set the pace of action of what type of story this was going to be as a series, as well as to move the story along and sink us into the action of it all, Sacrifice took us on a fast-pace ride to the conclusion in an exciting and thrilling way.

I loved the fact that the author chose the dualing Points of View between Alera and Shaselle.  It gave a certain new depth to the story and really allowed the reader a chance to see what the world was long beyond the bounds of the castle and Alera's world.  Both points of view were interesting, although a found Shaselle's a little more so, probably due to the more freedom of movement she had outside in the world. I enjoyed both though, as Alera's POV showed some wonderful growth from book one to now, and Shaselle's showed her free-spirited adventure-like persona so well.

Again I loved the characterization, world-building and storytelling in this series.  In this last story of the series, the author did an amazing job with all elements, and with keeping this a fast-paced ride of discovery.  Great ending a great series.

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