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Gr 7-10–Spirit White, the sole survivor of a car accident that kills her family, finds that her parents had provided for this eventuality by making her a “legacy” of Oakhurst Boarding School for Magicians, just outside Billings, MT. There she joins others in her situation, all of whom have learned the nature of their magical (or “mage”) gifts except Spirit, whose talent has not yet manifested itself. She and her friends discover the school's terrible record of “losing multiple students every year” and plot to overcome the evil force. Along the way, they IM and have pep rallies and school dances. (Another techie touch for librarians: RFID-chipped books.) This novel has a too-familiar setting and a clichéd plot. However, it's a really good read. The authors do a great job of juxtaposing a scary theme and the ordinary angst of adolescents. They also do a nice job with the metaphor of magical gifts as means of self-actualization. Legacies has enough action for reluctant readers, and enough character development for teens to see themselves in this group of friends. The book's fans are sure to eagerly await Spirit's discovery of her mage gift and further confrontations with the forces of evil.Corinne Henning-Sachs, Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook, ME
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After 16-year-old Spirit White's entire family dies in a car crash, she emerges from weeks of rehabilitation to discover she is being sent to Oakhurst, an exclusive boarding school in Montana for orphans with magical powers. The problem is, Spirit doesn't seem to have any magical powers—even though one or both of her parents did (all students are Legacies). Though the school attempts to isolate students and encourages competition rather than friendship, Spirit becomes close with five engaging and very different teens. The group decides to investigate the mysterious and surprisingly common disappearances of fellow students. Lackey and Edghill know how to spin a yarn, immediately pulling the reader into Spirit's mourning psyche as well as the fast-paced action of the mystery, mixing marvelous elements of fairy tales and mythology into both the plot and references in the students' Magical History class. There's also a touch of gentle romance, and readers who appreciate everything from X-Men to Harry Potter will be begging for the sequel, signaled by the abrupt ending. Grades 7-11. --Debbie Carton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Shadow Grail (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen; 1 edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765317613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765317612
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Russell on July 16, 2010
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Liked it - didn't love it.
I wasn't sure if I'd like this as it is geared towards younger readers, but having read the authors' collaborations before, I thought I'd give it a shot.
I'm glad I did, as I found it an enjoyable read. This is actually more similar to Kelly Armstrong's Darkest Powers series than to Harry Potter, though in all three the youngsters must band together to solve problems the adults around them can't or won't handle. However, in this series the children are all orphans, are kept isolated at the school, and have no sources of information about magic - or anything else! - except what the school provides. So,can the school itself be trusted?
I was very caught up in reading the book and would like to read the next one when it comes out - but I did not immediately re-read it and I haven't found myself dwelling on the characters or the world created.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Odessa VINE VOICE on August 22, 2010
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I have read other books by Mercedes Lackey, and found them enjoyable, so I was pretty excited when a YA book came out. Legacies did have a good plot going, as Spirit's family is killed in a car accident and she is whisked to Oakhurst, a school for no oridinary orphans. Once there she finds out the school is for magicians, kids who are able to create illusions to fire out of thin air. But not only does Spirit have no magical ability yet, she also knows something is going on at Oakhurst as kids start to disappear.

The plot, again, was pretty good, but half way through the book, I kept getting bored as the same things happened over and over again. She went to class, she speaks to her friends in secrecy as Oakhurst also likes to pit the kids against each other, she was tutored in martial arts, and the next day it started all over again. The characters weren't all that developed either, and seemed stereotypical. But what nagged me the most was the very end. I seriously believed the trouble brewed from the inside, and while it still might, the bad guys...I just didn't get it. There was no mention that the bad guys (I don't want to give it away) actually exist, and to have the group suddenly figure out what was making the kids disppear didn't mash well at all. Plus the Dr. after listening to their explanations of what happened, didn't even react so much as to slap them on the back and say well done. He wasn't concerned at all, and didn't offer them any explanation of why the adults didn't or couldn't figure out for themselves what was going on in their own territory. I normally like Lackey's books, but I won't be reading the next in this series.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By octobercountry on October 15, 2010
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I don't know that I'd call the plot of LEGACIES "clichéd," though the setting is certainly familiar enough. Of course one thinks of Harry Potter when talking about boarding schools for magically-gifted students, but there are a number of other series with similar themes currently being published. And if one substitutes "paranormal creatures" for "magically-gifted students," the number of comparable series jumps dramatically (Vampire Academy, House of Night, the Fallen series, etc., etc.).

So, does this stand out from the crowd? Um, not particularly. I did enjoy the novel as I was reading it; liked the core group of friends, certainly. And it was refreshingly free of romance (which usually figures heavily in this genre); the fellows in this group are very appealing, but none of the girls were irresistibly drawn to them, or felt the need to be their devoted slaves. Now isn't that a change...

Still, the characters were perhaps a bit underdeveloped, as was the school setting itself. Seemed to me that these kids could get away with a LOT, considering how strictly-run the school was supposed to be.

The main problem, however, is one that affects many fantasy-oriented series books. The author has to provide adequate closure to the individual story, while still leaving enough aspects of the plot/situation open to make the reader curious as to what will happen next. Now, the mystery detailed in this novel is adequately wrapped up, but there really were too many plot holes and unresolved questions at the end (which will presumably be addressed in the next novel) for this to be a really satisfying read.

So, a bit of a mixed review from me.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Laughing Dragon on February 6, 2011
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Mercedes Lackey used to be my favorite fantasy author. But her more recent offerings have been weak, and unfortunately, "Legacies" is yet another example of that weakness. The main character, Spirit White, is fatally unlikable. Yes, she has suffered a terrible loss - her parents and little sister - and so her black moods are understandable. But her attitude becomes more and more tedious as the book goes on because the girl whines about EVERYTHING. After her parents' deaths, she's sent to a magical academy (shades of Hogwarts) and, perhaps in an attempt to make her heroine appear different from Harry Potter (who delights in his medieval magic school), Lackey has Spirit hate everything. The food is too fancy, the classes bore her, she hates the school uniforms, the school colors, most of her teachers, everything. Life Cereal's hard-to-please Mikey has nothing on this girl. She has landed on her feet in a place that's luxurious, given everything she needs, and been told she's possessed of a great magical gift. And how does she react? WHINE. We are never given any reason to care about or identify with Spirit. After struggling through this book, I'm now convinced that Lackey has lost her ability to write appealing characters. Oh, how I long for the days of Talia and Kerowyn and Rose Hawkins!

This was my final attempt to read a recent book by Mercedes Lackey, and the only reason I gave it a chance (having been burned by such half-baked efforts as the terribly under-realized "Wizard of London" and the dull, lackadaisical "Intrigues") is because the book is co-authored by Rosemary Edghill; I don't know, I guess I thought that maybe another author might overcome Lackey's weaknesses. Sadly, it was not to be.
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