Book Review: A Maiden's Legacy by: Cinthia Koeksal

Rating: 2/5

Publisher: Parker Publishing

Publication Date: April 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: A Maiden’s Legacy: Destiny comes calling…again.

“Bad memories haunt you and good memories taunt you.”—The Scarlet Omen, 2012

The second book in The Scarlet Omen trilogy, A Maiden’s Legacy charts Anjeli Xavier’s return home after saving the Valley of the Hornbills from three centuries of torture under the vampire reign. In this young adult fantasy novel by newcomer Cinthia Koeksal, the seventeen year-old Anjeli tries to live a normal teenage life but fails miserably as all she can think about are her glory days back in that parallel world of dragons and fairies.

Just as she thinks she is about to go mad from restlessness, she discovers an ancient journal that will shed new light on the prophecy that she was supposed to have already fulfilled in the valley. Anjeli sets out on yet another adventure to Eagle Bay, a place on the other side of Hornbill Mountain. She is entrusted with uniting the Guardians of the Seven Maidens, artifacts that promise to close the gateways between the worlds forever.

What she does not know is that Wan Terakhir, the son of the dead vampire queen, will do whatever it takes to stop her. With the help of his assembled army of pirates, demons, djinns and fallen angels, the sorcerer crosses the gateway to Eagle Bay…and waits for his chance at revenge.

Will Anjeli be able to fulfill her destiny or is black magic something no one can stand up against?

Series: The Scarlet Omen (1), A Maiden's Legacy (2)

Review: Anjeli Xavier thought she had completed the prophecy and rescued the magical Valley of the Hornbills from evil, but evil has a way of coming back. Anjeli’s trying to enjoy her life, but with her boyfriend being so far away and having no real purpose anymore, she’s wishing to go back to the magical world. What Anjeli thought was wrong and things are worse than ever with the vampire queen’s son trying to take over both the magical and mundane worlds. A MAIDEN’S LEGACY is built on an interesting premise. It took me a long time to get through A MAIDEN’S LEGACY and not just because I hadn’t read the first book in the trilogy, THE SCARLET OMEN. I just wasn’t a fan of Anjeli’s, she didn’t seem to have her own sense of self. She was always worried about what her boyfriend thought and she went along wherever she was led. I don’t know that she truly took her duties as guardian seriously until it was almost too late and I really didn’t feel anything for the characters. I’m sure A MAIDEN’S LEGACY will appeal to readers of THE SCARLET OMEN.

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