I still can’t believe that this book is out and that I’ve read it. I had been anticipating this book for so long and I was really nervous that I wouldn’t love it. Thankfully, it was everything I wanted it to be and more. The characters, the plot and the world were all still amazing and interesting. It felt like coming home, it had the same amazing feeling that the original trilogy had and I loved it just as much.
Zu was one of my favourite characters from the original series and I’m so glad we got this book from her POV. Zu has grown into a strong, confident young woman and we got to see her grow and develop even more throughout this book. Zu has such a unique perspective, she is so funny and sarcastic, I loved her. She doesn’t put up with anyone’s shit and she will fight for anyone she cares about. I was nervous that I wouldn’t love the new characters because I was so attached to the Black Betty crew but I really loved the new characters we met in The Darkest Legacy. Priyanka, Roman and Max were all so unique and amazing additions to the already incredibly diverse cast of characters.
At first Priyanka reminded me a lot of Vida but the more we got to know her the more I saw that while they had similarities they are both different and amazing in their own unique ways. I love them both so much. Roman is so perfect, I loved him a lot. He is so funny and smart, I loved how protective he was over the people he cares for. I loved Priyanka and Romans friendship, they were so close and supportive of each other. Zu and Roman’s slow burn romance was great and I am 100% here for it.
I loved getting to see all the characters from the series and seeing where they are now. The Darkest Legacy is set 5 years after the end of In The After Light and it was very easy for me to fill in all the blanks and imagine what all the characters had been up to. There were so many nice nods and Easter Eggs to the series that I loved. I wouldn’t say it’s essential to read Through The Dark before The Darkest Legacy but there are some characters and events mentioned that you will appreciate more if you’ve read those novellas (Also you should read it anyway because it’s amazing, Alex Bracken knows how to write short stories). The plot was exciting, mysterious and action packed. I was constantly gripped but these are definitely character driven novels and the characters truly shine.
There are still so many loose strings after that ending, but Alex Bracken always does endings really well. There could easily be more books in this series and I really hope there is because I love it so much. Overall, The Darkest Legacy is an amazing addition to the series and Zu’s narration was amazing and unique. I highly recommend this book, it was fantastic.
- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Children's Group (2 August 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1786540614
- ISBN-13: 978-1786540614
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.9 x 19.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
- Customer Reviews: 52 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)