Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sacrifice by Cayla Kluver

Release Date: Out now!

Publisher: HarlequinTeen Australia

Pages: 448pgs

The Story

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 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.

The Review

A big thanks to HarlequinTeen Australia for sending me an ARC copy of this book!

I've been a huge lover of Cayla Kluver's Legacy trilogy and with her final installment of her very much beloved series it had certainly not disappointed me in any way. From the way Cayla Kluver writes, to the way she creates her brilliant world, and even the way she brings these characters of hers to life, it's needless to say an absolute pleasure to have read this entire series and I'm kind of sad to see everything come to an end like with any other favourite series of mine. But one thing thing is for certain: Everyone must read this series no matter its critics!

Unlike the previous two books in the series, Legacy and Allegiance, the last installment, SACRIFICE, is written and shared between two character perspectives; Alera's and Shaselle's. Both engaging and a delight to read about, Alera was a clear winner in her own narrative and is someone I will always come to love and favour whenever she is on the page, but I have to say Shaselle-what's-her-name just didn't cut it for me in this particular book and I never really saw any importance to her character either. I had actually forgotten all about her story by the time I finished this book (sad but true) and clearly I didn't care much for her either, if not at all . . . so it's a pity about that. But let's get back to the other characters and Alera of course, who was the more important character in the book.

Alera, one of my favourite heroines throughout this series, is someone who has changed for the better and has grown up a lot from the course of the series in books one, two, and three. Once a spoiled girl born into a royalty-breed family, Alera has finally become the Queen she has always meant to be - one who is loyal, caring, compassionate, and someone who is simply a dedicated leader of her own kingdom and one of whom will go to many lengths to keep herself and her people safe. Whether readers are frustrated with her or not - no matter her flaws - she is still willing to put aside her own heart on certain matters and concentrate more on her actions. Actions that are done with so much maturity on her part. I mean, what can I say . . . I have a lot of praise and utter respect for her!

The same love and praise also goes straight to Alera's love interest, Narian. Oh Narian! Both armed with intelligence, good-looks, great leadership skills, and a heart on his sleeve, Narian is the perfect man for Alera and there's no way anyone could deny it. While I was frustrated with him in certain parts of the book, but soon everything was forgotten and I couldn't help but love Narian all over again, not to mention his relationship with Alera alone. Those two deserve each other so much and I'm really glad things started to go right for them for a change even with a ton of danger on the horizon for them both. I'm trying not to spoil here but . . . there you go!

Overall, SACRIFICE was the perfect end for the Legacy series. With all of the right elements and some pretty lovable characters - from the main ones all the way to the supportive cast roles, I have to say I'm pretty pleased with how everything was concluded and I'm very excited to see what else Cayla Kluver comes up with next, which I'm sure will rock no matter what it is about!

The Rating
4 1/2 / 5 stars


  1. YAY!!! I'm so glad you loved the conclusion to this trilogy! Since I have the second and third book, I need to hunt down a copy of the first book so I can start this series ASAP!! Great review Erin!!<3

    1. I'm so glad too! You need to get reading, Shirley! The ending of this series . . . gah! So awesome and undeniably cute! Thank you! :)

  2. I didn't read your review too carefully because I haven't read the series yet. I've been interested in it for a long time. Especially because the covers are so great. Is the author American or Australian? I forget.

    1. I'm pretty sure she's American. Most are nowadays but it would've been great if she were an Australian author though. Haha.

  3. Oh wow this sounds awesome! I haven't read this series yet because I'm not really into historicals but the reviews are so positive that I'm getting more and more curious everytime! I'm glad that it ends on such a great note, too!

    1. It was awesome all the way through! I'm a big historical fans so it's pretty easy for me to love these sorts of books, but the historical aspect of this series is great and not too heavy so you might enjoy this series!

  4. AHHH. ERIN. DON'T DO THE 4 1/2 STAR THING AGAIN. I HAVEN'T READ THE FIRST BOOK YET. And now here I am trying to resist reading your review and you tempt me with those shiney stars..... crap. I really need to start this series, huh? I have Allegiance, at least!

    1. Those shiny stars are quite tempting, aren't they? haha. You MUST start this series! xD


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