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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Well, this story has gone in a completely different direction than I expected it to. Davion didn’t die but he is the son to Calis? Loralei has been working for Dreach-Dhoun this whole time. The King IS DEAD. When the end events of the first book happened I was stunned. There was so much to take in and continuing through this story, there was even more. I really liked how this story immediately picks up right after the first one. The mood is so low because of Davi’s loss and then they are continuously being tracked. Then they come across Lady Yaro in the mountains. This is where the group finds out the King was murdered but Coille and others are still loyal to their father even after his brother, Drake, said everyone was dead and took the crown himself. Each event flowed smoothly into the next. As it was in the first book, the pacing was fantastic. I loved each thing that happened, no matter how frustrating it was. It was amazing to see everything fall into place. One of my favorite aspects of this book though it the people in it. Not just the main characters but the subjects of Dreach-Sciene. It’s so refreshing to see a kingdom where their people love the royal family so much that they will always stand up for them. Usually in fantasy books, there is a bad kingdom where the royal family are hurting their subjects. So it really is nice to see a kingdom and a royal family full of decent people who care. This is what really drove the story and this book.
I’m so happy most of this book was told from Trystan’s point of view. He was really the only character that kept me sane through this whole book. I liked the little bits of Alixa’s point of view as well. It was really nice to see her progression as a character. I’m really liking the way she is developing. Davi’s chapters were so hard to read because of how his memories were altered to make him believe he was a prisoner of the Renauld’s instead of part of the family. I just wanted to shake him and be like no! They loved you and treated you the best way possible. Loralei’s chapters were also interesting as well. The way the author’s turned her into more of a broken heroine instead of a killer was really a great choice. Rissa was such a hard character for me. I loved her in the first one and her fierce personality. How she demanded to go on the trip with them because she knew she could help. Sure she lost Davi and her Dad but instead of becoming an asset to the group and learning to control her rage, she just went cold and irritating. I couldn’t stand her in this book for a majority of it. She did have her break through moments where she acted like herself. I know tragedy does different things to different people but I just wasn’t liking what she was becoming. It was just really hard to get behind her character in this book. Trystan’s development was amazing. The way he handled his grief and all of the new responsibility was exactly what I was expecting from him. I’m so glad he was the main focus for this book. I am so excited to see where the next book takes them on their journey. Especially after the reveal at the end.
Overall, A War for Truth by Michelle Bryan and M. Lynn was a fantastic sequel. Even though it was harder to read than the first book, it was meant to be. The sequence of events are really starting to unfold and the new discoveries are even more mind blowing. I love all the twists that the story is providing. I am becoming so attached to these characters and after this book, I am so nervous for where their adventure is going. While I enjoyed most of the character development in this book, Rissa was the one I enjoyed the least. Grief does different things to different people but I just didn’t enjoy how cold and standoffish she became in this book. I have a feeling she will be back to her old self in the next one though. I highly recommend this book if you enjoyed the first one and want to see this story out to the end!
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!