New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with The Last Legacy, a captivating standalone about family and blood ties, reinventing yourself, and controlling your own destiny.
When a letter from her uncle Henrik arrives on Bryn Roth's eighteenth birthday, summoning her back to Bastian, Bryn is eager to prove herself and finally take her place in her long-lost family.
Henrik has plans for Bryn, but she must win everyone’s trust if she wants to hold any power in the delicate architecture of the family. It doesn’t take long for her to see that the Roths are entangled in shadows. Despite their growing influence in upscale Bastian, their hands are still in the kind of dirty business that got Bryn’s parents killed years ago. With a forbidden romance to contend with and dangerous work ahead, the cost of being accepted into the Roths may be more than Bryn can pay.
In this sumptuously rendered historical novel, Young (Fable) deftly explores concepts of family, loyalty, and growing into one's destiny. Sent away following her parents' death to be raised as a lady, Bryn Roth dreams of the day that she'll return to her infamous family. But uncertainty descends when her 18th birthday brings a letter recalling her to Bastian unsure of her welcome and her place, she's quickly consumed by the betrayals and machinations that make up the brutal merchant family's infamous reputation. Her uncle Henrik rules the family with an iron fist, and Bryn soon learns that she's part of his plans to enter society's upper echelons by way of the merchant's guild, whether she likes it or not. While undeniably drawn to the family's silversmith, Ezra, Bryn must prioritize between survival, her place in the family, and her heart. Minimalist world-building in a quasi-Victorian setting foregrounds the novel's focus on the way the complicated, cued-white family's structure subsumes individual needs, while Bryn's arc of self-discovery unfolds with an appealing yearning. Ages 12 up.