I was intrigued by this week’s sampler as it used magic in a way that I had never seen before and it made me feel like it was a bit of a videogame where tasks and skills earn magic. I wanted to see what it was like, so picked up the sampler.
Title: Legacy and the Queen
Author: Kobe Bryant and Annie Matthew
Publication Date: 25th June 2019
GAME. SET. MAGIC.
Game – Tennis means life and death for the residents of the magical kingdom of Nova, and for twelve-year-old Legacy, it’s the only thing getting her through the long days taking care of the other kids at the orphanage. That’s all about to change when she hears about Silla’s tournament.
Set – Silla, the ruler of Nova, hosts an annual tournament for the less fortunate of her citizens to come and prove themselves and win entrance to the Academy, where they can train to compete at nationals. The prize is Silla’s favor and enough cash to keep open the orphanage, and Legacy has her heart set on both.
Magic – What Legacy has yet to know is that the other players have something besides better skills and more money than she does. In Nova, tennis can unlock magic. Magic that Silla used to save the kingdom long ago and magic that her competitors have been training in for months already.
Now, with the world turned against her and the orphanage at stake, Legacy has to learn to use her passion for the game to rise above those around her and shine.
I quite liked the start of this book, and thought that it had the potential to be wonderful. I quite liked how the Legacy has dreams that are both realistic and far-fetched yet works hard at both. I found the magic system a bit confusing, but as I only read the first chapter, I am sure that it will become clearer later in the book, as it is very clear that the authors and characters understand how it works. I also liked the unusual background for our protagonist, the daughter of an orphanage-owner as I think it will give her an empathetic side as she knows what suffering looks like, while also giving her the close support network so many YA heros lack.
Love it or Leave it?
I quite liked this book and would probably buy it if I saw it in my local bookshop, but probably wouldn’t go looking for it.