Thursday, December 27, 2018

#Review - Legacy of Light by Sarah Raughley #YALit #Fantasy

Series: The Effigies # 3
Format: Hardcover, 532 pages
Release Date: December 4, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Library
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy

The Effigies must uncover the connection between Saul, Blackwell, and the Phantoms before it’s too late in this epic conclusion to the Effigies trilogy. 

The world is in chaos.
After Saul’s strike on Oslo—one seemingly led by Maia herself—the Effigies’ reputation is in shambles. Now they’re being hunted by nations across the globe, grouped in with the very terrorists they’ve been trying to stop.

With Maia’s resurrected twin, June, carrying out vicious attacks across the world, everyone believes Maia is a killer. Belle has gone rogue, Chae Rin and Lake have disappeared, and the Sect is being dismantled and replaced by a terrifying new world order helmed by Blackwell. As for Saul, his ultimate plan still remains a mystery.

And Maia? No one has seen or heard from her in weeks.

It’s all somehow connected—Saul, Phantoms, the Effigies, everything. But if the Effigies can’t put the pieces together soon, there may not be much left of the world they’ve fought so desperately to save.

Legacy of Light is the third and final installment in author Sarah Raughley's The Effigies trilogy. The story picks up shortly after the events of Siege of Shadows. The Effigies are split apart after Saul brought back Maia Finley's twin, June, to use her to make people believe Maia had been attacking the city of Oslo. Belle Rousseau has gone rogue after attempting to kill Maia; Chae Rin and Lake have disappeared. Maia and her group have been branded a terrorist. As for Saul, ultimate plan still remains a mystery.

Maia must confront the dark secrets of past Effigies to find the answer that could change everything and finally put an end to the deadly phantoms. Especially with Blackwell tearing the sect apart, and replacing it with a terrifying new world order helmed by Blackwell and his silent children called Project X19. Saul can't do anything without Maia's memories of Marian who may hold the key to everything. Saul will chase Maia to the ends of the earth if that's what it takes to get what he wants. But, who twists fate? Who controls fate? Who decides who will live and who will die?

This is a book that really explores the origins of Saul and Blackwell's family roots that go back to the formation of Effigies as well as Phantoms. The overall concept of this series is that are 4 girls who use elemental magic to fight shadow monsters. They've been called heroes, but now they are being blamed for horrible atrocities being committed by June and her allies to make the Sect look incompetent and out of control. 

There is a lot of double crossing and conspiracies. The twists in this book is trying to figure out who the bad guys are and who is just pretending or feel like they don’t have a choice or is being controlled. I highly recommend reading the first two books before reading this one so you'll remember who the characters are and why they matter. Maia continues to be our only narrator, and she goes through a lot in this book. June is explored in the book, which was interesting and really gave you more insight into Maia. We all make our own choices. We are given free will for a reason. June, on the other hand, wants so badly to go back in time and change fate. But, at what cost? Will she sacrifice her own sister in order to gain her goals? Or, will Maia and her friends, and yes, they are friends, find a way to survive and win the day?

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