Reviews for Sacrifice
Kirkus Reviews 2012 October #2
A historical fantasy seamlessly intertwines the love stories of Alera and Shaselle, two young but incredibly strong teenage women, and their personal struggles to restore their medieval-esque kingdom, Hytanica, to grace. This final installment in the Legacy trilogy picks up with the citizens of Hytanica recently conquered by their sworn enemies, the Cokyrians but determined to reclaim their nation. Chapters alternate between the fresh voices of Alera and Shaselle, providing readers a view of the struggle from behind the palace walls via Alera and on the city streets through Shaselle. Once Hytanica's queen but now appointed Grand Provost, Alera is challenged with rebuilding Hytanica under Cokyrian rule, which she soon learns includes reconstructing not only buildings, but also the pride of her people. Feisty and more comfortable with horses than suitors, Shaselle scoffs at her role as a lady and insinuates herself into the plans of the Hytanican freedom fighters. Similar in their love of Hytanica, these two women are also linked by painful choices between the love of a man or the glory of their country. Although true to its roots as a Harlequin novel, this tale rises above genre by including thought-provoking elements that examine the role of women, family allegiances and the damaging nature of prejudice. (Fantasy. 13-17) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Library Media Connection Reviews 2013 May/June
In this final installment of The Legacy Trilogy, the Cokyrians have overpowered the Hytanicans after a bitter battle. Queen Alera has been left in place and serves as Grand Provost. Alera works closely with the High Priestess' assigned envoy, Narian. They are in love, but for now their love remains a secret. Shaselle, a lady of the Hytanican Empire, saw her father murdered and she hatches plot after ill-fated plot to seek revenge. These parallel plotlines lead readers into the planned battle of the Hytanicans to retake their province. Reading the first two novels would be useful, though not necessary. However, after reading this installment, readers will want to have all three pieces to the puzzle. Shaselle's blundering mistakes will leave readers shaking their heads. Alera's time with Narian is both sweet and tender, especially their sacrifices to keep each other safe. Emily Cassady, Educational Reviewer, Dallas, Texas [Editor's Note: Available in e-book format.] RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.