Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Book Review: Heir to the Luima Legacy by Gabrielle Poplar
by Gabrielle Poplar
2nd in The Luima Series
Available from amazon in kindle and paperback
Some people advance beyond their wildest aspirations, and other people descend lower than the expectations of their family and friends. Such was the story of Meryl and Nestor, a story that began in Custodian of the Luima Legacy, now the struggle between the brothers continue.
Meryl became the King of the Luima because of a series of events that revealed his true ancestry. He also found out that he was the first son of Prince Finnegan, heir to the throne of Bahadi. The Prince had another son, Nestor, who had been abducted by King Arpad of Estruchi. Nestor’s uncle and a few nobles determined to maintain Nestor’s position in the Bahadi line of succession declared Meryl to be a bastard King, and they recruited a cult of assassins to remove him. The internal feud in the Bahadi royal family was exploited by King Arpad, who convinced the dissenting Bahadi Lords to side with him in launching a war against the dominant Bahadi kingdom.
The choices made by Nestor, and the resolutions made by Meryl would determine who would become the Heir to the Luima Legacy.
This was a little confusing at first as I hadn't read the first book in the series, but the longer I read, the more little bits of information were revealed that helped me make more sense of the characters and what had gone before. I don't think you'd necessarily need to read the first one to enjoy this one, but I'd recommend that you do so that you can take in the complete story.
The world building was great, very imaginative, from light swords that only certain people can wield to the political scheming going on behind the scenes as two factions fight over the succession of the crown. There is a bit of intrigue and fighting going on with the good guys and the bad guys, but I think I would have preferred more shades of grey in regards to the villains. Meryl was a very realistic character, going from someone who knew nothing of his royal lineage and uncomfortable with all the fawning of courtiers to his growth into someone worthy of the throne they're all fighting over.
It's a well-written book and is an easy read with the chapters flowing easily into each other and you want to read more to find out what happens. If you like your fantasy peppered with a good dose of political intrigue, then I think you'd enjoy this. I certainly did.
Reviewed by Annette Gisby