Writer: Adrienne Young
Publisher: Titan Books
Publish Date: 18th January 2022
Reviewed By: Dean Asquith
My Rating: 🏹🏹🏹🏹
When a letter from her uncle Henrick arrives on Bryn Roth’s eighteenth birthday, summoning her back to Bastian, Bryn is eager to prove herself and finally take her place in her long-lost family.
Henrik has plans for Bryn, but she must win everyone’s trust if she wants to hold any power in the delicate architecture of the family. It doesn’t take long for her to see that the Roths are entangled in shadows. Despite their growing influence in upscale Bastian, their hands are still in the kind of dirty business that got Bryn’s parents killed years ago. With a forbidden romance to contend with and dangerous work ahead, the cost of being accepted into the Roths may be more than Bryn can pay.
Adrienne Young takes us on a fantastical journey through the backstreets of Bastian, accompanying Bryn as she fights to prove herself in the eyes of her uncle and honour the legacy of her parents.
The world of The Last Legacy is a dark, mysterious realm in which powerful family dynamics rule the roost. Adrienne Young has developed this in the mind of readers with tremendous results. I was absorbed into a musty, gritty underworld that is Bastian as soon as Bryn arrived on the dock. Adrienne’s descriptive prowess is something to behold. As Bryn learns more about Bastian, the picture in my mind grows, it is a fantastic experience of world building that is rare to find.
The character of Bryn is a character of depth and intrigue. A multi-layered person with increasing dimensions throughout the story, Bryn is a powerful lead with a balance of intelligence and common sense which aids her development and standing within the Roth family. The family around Bryn all have very distinct personalities and it is testament to Adrienne’s writing that the reader is easily able to distinguish between them all. This aids the reading of this book as it makes the depth of the story brilliant but also very easy to understand and follow.
An excellent standalone story in Adrienne Young’s universe that has developed a want to journey further into this world for me. Give The Last Legacy a go, it really is a brilliant book.