Today Books&Tea&Sugar is taking part in a Blog Tour for Melissa Delport’s novel The Legacy.
Kate over @ The Book Bee is also featured on the Blog Tour. She has a guest post by Melissa talking about her characters and her writing. Be sure to also check out the Ladies Who Lunch as they will also be doing a review and posting a character outline on the 20th of August.
I received a copy of The Legacy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About The Legacy
Publisher: Tracey McDonald Publishers:
Summary: One man obsessed with power.
One woman prepared to sacrifice everything to stop him.
One war that changed the world.
“World War Three lasted twelve days. Twelve days was all it took for mankind to devastate the planet and almost eradicate the human race. No victor emerged from the ashes and billions lost their lives.
We survivors lived through the bleakest of winters. A primal existence became the new order, and the little that remained of our humanity hung in the balance.
Then one man stood up and changed the world. I believed, as did everyone else, that he was the hero of our time, the man who had saved us from our own demise. His name is Eric Dane and he is the President of the New United States of America.
He is also my husband, and my greatest enemy.
I grew up oblivious to the truth, until my father found me when I was nineteen years old. He told me about the many horrifying facts that our new leader kept hidden from us. And he told me that beyond the borders the Resistance grew and fought for freedom from the oppression that Eric Dane had imposed on us.
My name is Rebecca Davis. I am twenty-six years old, and in me the Resistance has found the ultimate weapon.”
A narrative of good and evil, love and passion, right and wrong – and at the centre of the story a strong woman who is prepared to sacrifice everything for the cause she believes in.
The Legacy is an action-packed, adrenalin-inducing thrill ride which will leave you riveted long after you have turned the last page.
The Legacy to me because sort of a guilty pleasure book. In that, I didn’t really like this book but I didn’t like it in the way that made me like it…does that make even a little bit of sense?
I’ll try and phrase it another way, I think this book is flawed, I think it does have some problems and if they appeared in another book I probably wouldn’t have finished reading it but the Legacy’s plot was good enough to keep me interested and make want to read the sequel.
The main problem for me was Delport’s writing. She is a very clinical writer, which kind of reminds me Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy (another one I didn’t really like but liked), she struggles with the debut novelist pitfall of telling as opposed to showing a lot, for example the reader is often told that Eric is a terrible person but we never really see it, and at times the writing is clunky, the flow of the novel is a bit iffy in the start, in my opinion the book should have started from chapter seven, and all these factors sort of inhibited my enjoyment of the book. However it does get better. As I said, I think the novel should have started at chapter seven because from there on the flow of the writing and the timeline improves and it becomes easier to sink into Delport’s and Rebecca’s world.
What really saved this book for me was the plot. I was very intrigued by the concept of this young woman, this rebel spy becoming the wife of of the very man she plans to destroy and hiding in plain sight. It was incredibly appealing and I really enjoyed it but I do wish we got to see more of Rebecca and Eric’s marriage – but perhaps Delport will write a prequel. The plot really is what kept me interested throughout despite the novels flawed execution – which does improve as you go on.
Around half way through Delport starts to hit her stride and it’s evident and it lifts the novel up from something you might forget to something you enjoy. I did take me awhile to get into this book, I admit that, but it did get me to the point where I couldn’t figure out where the plot was taking me (in a good way) and that really peaked my interest and despite my misgivings it has made me want to pick up the sequel.
I think people who enjoyed Divergent’s writing style will enjoy this book a lot more than I did. So, if you like badass female characters, dystopian, a bit of sci-fi and a writing style similar to Veronica Roth’s, The Legacy might just be for you.
About the Author:
Wife and mother of 3, Melissa Delport is the author of The Legacy Trilogy and the stand-alone self-published e.books Rainfall and The Traveler.
She graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelor’s Degree in English in 2000
At the age of twenty-four Melissa started a logistics company (Transmax) from the spare room of her flat and built it up to two fully operational depots in Durban and Johannesburg. Now, 10 years later, she has sold her business in order to write full time.
Melissa lives with her husband and three children in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
The Legacy (book 1 of The Legacy Trilogy) and The Legion (book 2) are available now and the final book, The Legend, will be released early 2015.
An avid reader herself, Melissa finally decided to stop ‘watching from the sidelines’ and to do what is her passion.
“I was driving home from work when inspiration struck, and a storyline started unravelling in my head. For a few days it was all I could think about and eventually I realised that the only way to get it out of my head, was to put it all down on paper. I started writing, and that was that.”