Legacies by Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill
(Shadow Grail, No. 1)

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Who—or what—is stalking the students at Oakhurst Academy?

In the wake of the accident that killed her family, Spirit White is spirited away to Oakhurst Academy, a combination school and orphanage in the middle of Montana. There she learns she is a legacy—not only to the school, which her parents also attended, but to magic.

All the students at Oakhurst have magical powers, and although Spirit’s hasn’t manifested itself yet, the administrators insist she has one. Spirit isn’t sure she cares. Devastated by the loss of her family, she finds comfort with a group of friends: Burke Hallows, Lachlann Spears, Muirin Shae, and Adelaide Lake.

But something strange is going on at Oakhurst. Students start disappearing under mysterious circumstances, and the school seems to be trying to cover it up. Spirit and her friends must find out what’s happening—before one of them becomes the next victim…

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About Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill

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Fantasy fiction author Mercedes Lackey was born in Chicago on June 24, 1950, and she received a B.S. from Purdue University in 1972. She is also a professional lyricist and has rehabilitated raptors. Lackey started writing her own short stories when her favorite science fiction and fantasy authors weren't producing new books fast enough for her. She began writing professionally with the encouragement of author C.J. Cherryh, whom Lackey had met at a science fiction convention. Many of Lackey's books, including the Queen's Own trilogy, the Vows and Honor series, and the Last Herald-Mage and Mage Winds trilogies, take place in the imaginary world of Valdemar. She has authored numerous series, including the Bardic Voices series and a series of occult mysteries featuring Diana Tregarde, a modern-day witch. Lackey enjoys collaborating and has co-written books with authors such as C.J. Cherryh, Anne McCaffrey, Piers Anthony, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Mark Shepherd, and Ru Emerson. Her title Redoubt made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.
Published June 29, 2010 by Tor Teen. 320 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The car wreck that killed Spirit White’s family left her in the care of Oakhurst Academy, a luxurious private school in remotest Montana, the curriculum of which revolves around elemental wizardry.

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In the first book in the Shadow Grail series, an orphan, suddenly beset by mysterious circumstances, is sent to a posh boarding school accessible only by train, and discovers that she is a magician.

Sep 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Legacies (Shadow Grail, No. 1)


The more experienced contemporary fantasy fan won’t find a whole lot of surprises here (I figured out what was going on fairly early in the book), but the story is still good, and it’s fun to read.

Sep 07 2010 | Read Full Review of Legacies (Shadow Grail, No. 1)

Shiny Book Review

She’s been thrown into demanding educational coursework, and even though Spirit herself doesn’t have a clue what her magical talent is (if she even has one), she knows magic is real by the talents her friends have — and accepts it rather placidly at first, as Spirit obviously has only so much ene...

Dec 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Legacies (Shadow Grail, No. 1)

Geek Speak

I love, love, love Mercedes Lackey, and while I am not equally as enamored of Edghill -- which is not to say I don’t like her;

Jul 06 2010 | Read Full Review of Legacies (Shadow Grail, No. 1)

Youth Services Book Review

Add to that stilted dialogue, and overdone and stereotypical characters, ( good girl/outsider, goth girl/rebel, gentle romantic male male lead, mysterious male lead, etc.), and it all adds up to a huge disappointment from two usually stellar authors.

Sep 04 2010 | Read Full Review of Legacies (Shadow Grail, No. 1)

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