Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Book Review: A Cold Legacy, by Megan Shepherd @megan_shepherd

A Cold Legacy, the third book in the Madman's Daughter Trilogy, continues the macabre tone and riveting story of the previous two book.

Juliet, Mongomery, Lucy and almost dead Edward are on the run after the events at the end of Her Dark Curiosity. They eventually make it to Elizabeth's mansion on the Scottish moors where they should be safe.  Elizabeth and her estate hold many secrets themselves. Elizabeth is a descendant of the Frankenstein family, so I'll let you imagine what some of these secrets may be.

I've always rooted for Juliet, but in A Cold Legacy I got kind of mad at her. She made some stupid decisions that I didn't agree with. No one else did either, that's why she kept everything a secret. The choices she makes are destined to have dire consequences, and the reader can see this so plainly, it's hard not to scream at her. Now, I understand that this behavior is essential to the story. After all, its Frankenstein. So, I really ended up enjoying A Cold Legacy just like the other books in the series. I was just terribly uncomfortable for part of the time.

All the old characters, bad and good, are with us again. Well, not the dead ones. They all grow and develop (some in very macabre ways.) A Cold Legacy is a very hard book to put down! Things are all wrapped up in a satisfying, if not totally happy, ending.

I highly recommend this entire series, and I recommend you start with The Madman's Daughter, even though A Cold Legacy could be read as a stand alone. But don't do that. The way Shepherd has woven these stories with these classic Gothic tales is brilliant.

Published by Balzer + Bray, January 27, 2015
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
400 pages

Rating: 4.5/5

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  1. These gothic tales do sound like an amazing read

  2. This series isn't my absolute favorite, but I've enjoyed the first two books. I need to get to this one soon.

    I just read an ARC of Shepherd's new book -- THE CAGE. It's totally different from this series. I had a hard time putting it down, too!

  3. so happy happy you loved this one. i love this series and was hoping the last book would be awesome and it sounds like it was.

  4. I read and enjoyed the first book. I have a theory on how this series ends and I'm curious to see if I'm right.


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