Death. Sacrifice. Betrayal. That is your curse. The seer's words were coming true, but Trystan Renauld refused to fulfill the prophecy. It would not control him. Death: The people of his kingdom were falling quickly. Sacrifice: He’d lost the only brother he’d ever had. Betrayal: The sharp sting of his friend’s sword would burn more than just his flesh. But it wasn’t over. The Tri-Gard was within his grasp. If he had any hope of restoring magic to the land, he’d need to claim what was rightfully his and journey straight into the dangers of Dreach-Dhoun. Only when he faced the darkness would he bring light back to his kingdom. Legacy of Light is the second book of the Legends of the Tri-Gard series by USA Today bestselling authors M. Lynn and Michelle Bryan.
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Prophecy of Darkness ended with some major cliffhangers: Davi’s death and true identity, the execution of the king, and the questionable nature of the Tri-Gard. I honestly was nervous opening this book. Second books tend to be a bridge between books in a trilogy. I’m happy to report that Legacy of Light does not fall prey to SBS (second book syndrome). In fact, I liked it even more than the first…if that’s possible! There are many twists and turns in the plot, along with some great character growth that culminates in a fantastic ending.
Trystan’s character continues to be an easy one to love. In the first book, he transitioned from the pampered prince to Toha. With his father’s death, he begins to make the reluctant transition to king of Drech-Sciene. He struggles, not so much with the pressures of king – he was born for that – but the loss of his father and best friend. With those losses, he also lost his sister. Rissa is in a very dark place. Her POV scenes were hard to read. She’s hurting that much! I ached for her and Trystan, for all they lost and all they are fighting for. It’s so much, almost too much to expect of a young king and his sister.
Trystan and Rissa have a long and hard journey in this book. Not only do they find out about their father’s murder, but that the kingdom believes them dead as well. They must fight for their kingdom AND complete the mission their father sent them out on. Magic is needed back in Dreach-Sciene, the sooner the better. The land is dying and their people along with it. I found myself cheering them on, cringing at the things they must do, and aching for their people and their hunger. The twists and turns in this book coupled with the action/fight scenes make it a quick read and one I was thoroughly invested in. The imagery is vivid, putting the reader right in the middle of the dying kingdom.
Overall I loved Legacy of Light. It was a dark turn in the story, but it proved to also be a strong companion to the first book. All the characters continued to grow and evolve to their new situations. The loss and hurt they felt, I felt as the reader. And Davi….don’t get me started. His whole arc has broken my heart and I’m honestly shocked at the turn! I’m SO excited that the last book in this series comes out in August…not such a long wait. If you’ve read the first book in the series, I highly recommend you read this one ASAP. It doesn’t disappoint!
*This review first appeared on Mom with a Reading Problem: https://www.momwithareadingproblem.com/2018/05/review-legacy-of-light-by-m-lynn-michelle-bryan/
-So many twists and turns it is impossible to predict the ending
-Strong companion to Prophecy of Darkness
When word reaches Trystan and Rissa about their father's death, they quickly realize that Trystan is now king, but his uncle has stolen his throne. As painful as the news is, they can't let it distract them. First, they must restore the Tri-Gard. But going to the enemies territory isn't easy, especially when it holds a surprise. Because as the reader, we know Davi is still alive and his mind is being twisted by the King.
The first installment was amazing, but LEGACY OF LIGHT is even better. There's so much more raw emotion and betrayal that it kept me on the edge of my seat. Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop and devoured it in one day. I love the POVs that feature Davi and I also love the romance between Alixia and Trystan. I felt for Rissa and it was nice to see the fiery side in her burn brighter when faced with challenges.
Final Verdict: This book is perfect for fans of magic, fantasy, Game of Thrones, and royalty. Thank you for an ARC!