Fantasy Book Review: A Cold Legacy

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then she uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—which forces her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. Juliet must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones—or make her own.

Juliet and her companions find sanctuary in the creepy “Frankenstein” manor. But they aren’t safe from pursuers yet. Meanwhile, Juliet learns the startling history behind Elizabeth’s family and their scientific research. And the colorful residents of the von Stein manor and the surrounding area are quite like memories of Moreau’s island.

A Cold Legacy is the final installment of this inspired, gothic horror trilogy. The Island of Dr. Moreau, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and now ending with Frankenstein – Shepherd pays homage to these classics with a strong, female lead. Juliet is tortured about whether or not she’ll turn out like her father – a madman, obsessed with science over morality. This remarkable finale is unpredictable, dramatic, and incredibly intense.

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