Title: The Last Legacy
Author: Adrienne Young
Pub. Date: September 7, 2021
Pub: Wednesday Books
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
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.
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.
This will be a spoiler free review. I listened to the audiobook via Audible. Like everyone who enjoyed Fable and Namesake, I was really excited for The Last Legacy. I definitely wanted more story in the world Adrienne created and while it wasn’t centered around Fable and West – I’ll take what I can get.
Unfortunately, I didn’t like this book. I struggled to read it, stay interested and honestly? Care about what was happening.
On one hand I’m not surprised because I wasn’t a fan of Adrienne’s first two books – really didn’t care for them at all. I didn’t read her debut due to lack of interest and I read the companion novel, not realizing it was a companion. So, I went into Fable a little apprehensive only to be blown away. I expected the same for this new one and it didn’t not live up to the excitement.
For starters – I really didn’t like any of the characters. Ezra is a traumatized, broken male love interest, so of course I was sunk for him based on those qualities alone. But overall, he still didn’t really make me feel anything. Plus, his relationship with Bryn was seriously lacking in the believability department.
I didn’t buy into their feelings. At all. The two of them held no emotional weight whatsoever.
Also, side note – why the fuck was the word FROCK used ad nauseam? Jfc every time the narrator said that word I wanted to scream. Of all the words, all the synonyms, “frock” was used too often. If I’d been looking at a physical page, it would have been on it at least 5 times.
I know what a frock is, what it looks like, but as far as descriptors go, it’s so-so. And with how often it was used, it lost all meaning.
But back to the characters. I knew the Roth’s were difficult at best thanks to Auster in Fable & Namesake, but boy are they unlikeable and infuriating. Legit couldn’t stand them – and I get that’s the point. But it’s not even for good reasons. They’re just predictable and boring. You know exactly the kind of people they are and it leaves no guesswork.
Bryn was obnoxious. And naive and had no idea how the world worked, but also had been trained and prepared? She was just such a walking contradiction the whole time and it grew annoying. I couldn’t figure out why we were supposed to care about her.
As for the world – this didn’t even feel like it took place in the same universe as Fable. It felt rushed and honestly a bit sloppy. Things happened so quickly and abruptly. Hell, I can’t tell you most of what happened because it was too fast, and I felt no emotional attachment to any of it. The ending was lackluster at best, from what I remember. I know I looked at the time I had left – 10 min – and wondered how the fuck this book was going to wrap up in that time. Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed.
I wanted to love this. I expected to love this. But I’m pissed that this book was such a massive miss. If you want to check out my spoiler free reviews for both Fable and Namesake – I’ve linked them!