A Cold Legacy written by Megan Shepherd
Genres: Classic Retelling, Historical Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Series: The Madman's Daughter #3
Published by Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 27th 2015
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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 Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.
With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.
“A fantastic end to an awesome series”
A Cold Legacy is the last book (sigh* and sad face) in The Madman’s Daughter series by Megan Shepherd and is a classic retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (I have to type is like that because it does not sound as good if written the other way LOL).
I have a lot of bitter-sweet memories about this book. I HATE saying goodbye to all the interesting and unique characters from the series. I also feel like I grew with these characters; like I really invested a lot of my time on them so it is very hard for me to let them go. THIS is one of the things that I look into when it comes to a series, so 5 hearts to Ms. Shepherd.
What I liked:
- Again, we see Juliet’s character grow into someone strong, yet dark.When she is trying to find her place in life, trying to run away from her father’s (Dr. Moreau) legacy – will she be like him or will she be like her mother. I liked how relatable and realistic Juliet was. She was no Mary Sue, I’ll tell you that and at one point, I almost thought that she would go the other way and give into the darkness.
- Balthazar is my absolute favorite character in this series. I loved how he has grown to a Lurch-like (refer to The Adam’s Family) butler to someone of great strength and loyalty. I really felt bad for him when everyone, including Juliet and Montgomery, was taking advantage of him. It was a relief to find out that in the end, Juliet thought of him as a friend and included him in her HEA.
- Yay, for Sharkie! I love dogs, so with the addition of Sharkie to Her Dark Curiosity (book 2), I loved the series all the more. So even if Sharkie wasn’t a major character in the story, he was there for Balthazar. So yes, I love Ms. Shepherd for adding Sharkie.
- There were a LOT of layers to this book.There were a lot of stories (side quests, if I may) that were prominent in this book. Like McKenna’s story, Lucy’s story, Elizabeth’s story, and even Valentina’s story and it kept me guessing. Even if there was a main villain, I love that there were multiple villains (Valentina, the Beast). It made the story more interesting and definitely NOT boring.
- The seamless adaptation of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein was done superbly. I love the transition from Her Dark Curiosity which was an adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to A Cold Legacy. It did not feel like it was different classic adaptations at all. Brava to Ms. Shepherd for this!
What I did not like:
- Juliet and Montgomery’s romance wasn’t central to the story, but I did not really feel the spark between the two. I mean, if I were Montgomery, I would be frustrated with Juliet!
- I did not like the ending at all. Maybe it’s because of the fact that I wanted the story to go on and on and I really did not want the series to end.
If you haven’t read The Madman’s Daughter trilogy, recommend reading it ASAP! The series (and each book) is just too unique to miss out!
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