Friday, August 26, 2011

Final Destination 5

A final destination that never seems to get to its destination...hmm....your in for a real treat this time. Final Destination 5 may be the last installment in the brand name but its proved time and time again "you can hide but you can't cheat death forever"...pretty don't you think?

The basic setup is again the same this time as well - Each installment begins with an enormous action set-piece (in this case, a suspension bridge collapse) that kills off character after character in a variety of shocking and grisly ways -- until the entire sequence is revealed to be a premonition. Final Destination 5 centers around Sam Lawton (Nicholas D’Agosto) who, after a brief moment of deja vu, remembers his gruesome vision and drags several of his co-workers off the aforementioned bridge before the collapse -- subsequently saving them from their pre-ordained deaths. As a result, “Death,” who does not like to be cheated, spends the remainder of the film hunting the survivors one by one -- using a string of complicated real-world setups to reclaim their lives.

But what is different this time? The success of the film owes a lot to director Steven Quale’s use of 3D. Final Destination 5 often catches the audience off-guard, and plays against expectations through its use of 3D. Obviously, things fly out of the screen, but this isn’t a film that’s attempting to create a rich and immersive experience -- it’s about toying with anticipation as well as delivering cathartic, over-the-top pay-offs. Most audience members are burning out on run of the mill 3D, but even naysayers will have to admit that Final Destination 5 makes interesting (and at times cringe-inducing) use of the format.

But its not only the 3D that makes a difference here but the different solutions of "toying with death". Previous installments had rather well humongous ways of cheating the star of the show a.k.a. "Death" - cheating death again, new life, etc. However, Final Destination 5, to its credit, offers a more straightforward solution -- the survivors can kill another person to appease death -- which not only makes more sense than prior films, but also drives the plot and characters forward in compelling and twisted ways. It’s a subtle addition that (surprisingly) isn’t a major focus of the story -- but adds an interesting dynamic as well as a few extra surprises by the end.
Speaking of beginnings, the opening set piece of the bridge collapse left me giddy. Every cast member seems to meet a vastly different demise with Candice taking the top award, something she manages to do once more. They are grisly and the sequence throws smart and interesting obstacles in their paths. The collapse itself feels thought out and well-researched, something a lazy sequel would never spend the time to do. The entire sequence looks gratifyingly real, but it is always risky going this far in the first quarter of a film. Outside of the bridge scene the gymnastic scene had to be the most brilliant one here. You can literally feel yourself sitting on the edge of the seat as Candice avoids one hurdle and stumbles over another. The sequence comes to an outrageously brutal demise that manages to feel rewarding in a sick way.

Both Nicholas D’Agosto and Miles Fisher (who plays Sam’s best friend, Peter), have surprisingly natural onscreen charisma -- especially given the ludicrous scenario and flat dialogue they’re expected to deliver. The rest of the cast is competent, and never really distract from the events that are unfolding -- but don’t make much of an impression, either. Most of the characters, as usual, are merely cannon fodder for the star of the film -- Death (and its creative killing methods).

On the whole Final Destination 5 is noticeably hollow without the cruel set pieces, and for that it will not reach much beyond its core audience. For those that are fans, though, there is much to be happy about, including a satisfying ending. Although the movie's logic gets a little dodgy by the closing credits (though no moreso than in prior installments) but definitely delivers some fun surprises and a number of great nods to the overarching Final Destination franchise. It’s arguably the second-best entry in the series (behind the original, of course) and should please fans as well as serve as a good re-entry point into the storyline for audience that may have passed on the last few installments.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger

The last piece for the setting of multi-crossover superhero saga The Avengers, Captain America: The First Avenger after Iron man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, and Thor. Its surprisingly well grounded and with the era a.k.a. WWII. And Director Joe Johnston really uses the setting and era to flourish Caps. story.

One of the great things about superhero comics is that while they’re all part of the same larger genre, there are countless variations within it. A dark gritty Batman comic is wildly different from the scientific utopianism of a Fantastic Four book, which is different from both the crime noir stylings of Daredevil and the classic heroism of a Superman title.

Captain America: The First Avenger, however, is something completely different, as it’s not only a superhero movie, but also a war film and a period piece. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and director Joe Johnston clearly understood this going into the film, as it never forgets itself or falls into spandex-draped cliché. In fact, it feels more like a World War II movie with a superhero running around it than the alternative.

The story goes like this : Steve Rogers (Evans) is a skinny asthmatic weakling with the heart of a patriotic lion. Steve wants more than anything to serve his country in the war against Hitler, but the enormity of his spirit simply isn’t enough to overcome the limitations of his frail body. Steve’s big heart catches the eye of Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci), a scientist working to create a new breed of genetically-enhanced super-soldiers, who will turn the tide of the war in The Allies’ favor. Along with his collaborator Howard Stark (a.k.a. Daddy Stark played by Dominic Cooper), Erskine successfully transforms Steve into a specimen of human perfection. At first used as a propaganda symbol, Steve yearns to put his newfound power to actual good use, as the hero Captain America. He partners with a pretty Allied Forces agent named Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and gathers an international team of special-op soldiers – including his best friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) – to help combat evil.

Enter Hydra, a Nazi advanced weaponry division led by Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving). When Schmidt discovers a long-lost mythological artifact of immense power, he unwittingly sets Captain America on his most important mission yet – one which will ultimately give birth to an age of Marvels.
Its classic and yet timeless. The movie does many things correctly, character, tone, acting, action – and yet, it somehow comes off as being very good, rather than amazing without appearing to be an insult. The historical set pieces all feel authentic, while the more fantastical comic book elements, although pulpy, still fit with the bygone era. This includes the advanced technology developed by The Allied Forces and Hydra, as well as the “magical artifact” at the center of the film, which has ties to the more mythological elements of the Marvel movie universe. 

Johnston avoids the current trend of “shaky cam action” by staging competent action sequences shot at wide angles. So action fans may take a breather. It is refreshing to be able to actually see every punch or kick Cap throws, and we do indeed get some nice shield-tossing moments. While the action is competent, it never achieves jaw-dropping amazement in the way a Michael Bay action sequence does – but that’s OK, since Johnston and Co. have the much more valuable elements of story and character pinned down. Indeed screenwriters do a terrific job shaping the story of Steve Rogers’ transformation into America’s icon. The pace of The First Avenger is tight, and there are some genuinely moving moments in the film.(Ironic enough the best moment come when before Rogers dons the outfit)

Origin stories are always tough, as a superhero movie’s core demographic is usually intimately familiar with every facet of the legend after decades of iconic tales. Captain America: The First Avenger skirts this problem by fully investing the audience in Steve Rogers back when he was nothing more than a 90-pound weakling. For long-time fans of Captain America and those of us who just can’t wait for the Avengers movie, Captain America: The First Avenger is loaded up with Easter eggs, cameos, references and foreshadowing. Viewers with absolutely no history with the material will never be lost during the movie and might find themselves heading down to their local comic shop the next day in search of some Captain America books (acc. to reliable sources Ed Brubaker's run would be a good place to start).
Captain America has been an icon for so many decades because of who he is, rather than the feats he performs as a superhero. The film wisely invests ample time into firmly establishing the character, and then, keeps his good nature and strong spirit as the central theme of the story. The other trick the screenwriters pull off is weaving the many threads of the larger Marvel universe into the most cohesive standalone story since Iron Man. The First Avenger has the fortune of being a prequel to the events of the modern-era Marvel movies, which allows the filmmakers to dive fully into the telling of their own story. The movie is also fortunate enough to have an all-round cast to date. 

Chris Evans has successfully left his role as Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four behind by owning the role of Steve Rogers. He’s particularly fantastic as that frail boy from Brooklyn – an idealist who is selfless and brave and doesn’t see any irony at all in the dichotomy between his outward appearance and inner strength. As Cap, Evans looks the part of a hero and handles the action scenes well enough – but it’s definitely in the dramatic moments where he really makes the character resonate. The supporting cast of the film couldn’t have been better. Hugo Weaving adds another great villain to his filmography as The Red Skull – a menacing and maniacal villain, who stays grounded enough as to not be cartoonish (extra hard to do when you’re slathered in red makeup). Hayley Atwell shines equally bright as Agent Carter, a tough-as-nails Allied operative who still manages to be distinctly modern and feminine (read: hot). She and Evans do a great job managing the understated chemistry between Steve and Peggy – a true romance that has no real chance in the midst of wartime.

Tommy Lee Jones and Stanley Tucci bring needed authority and weight to their respective roles as the Colonel and scientist who give birth to Captain America. While young up-and-comers Sebastian Stan and Dominic Cooper garner some well-deserved attention as Cap’s best friend Bucky and Iron Man’s daddy, Howard Stark, respectively. Cooper manages to capture that Stark-brand swagger that’s both an imitation and expansion of what we saw in the Iron Man films, while Stan does enough development of Bucky to generate interest about the character’s possible future in the Marvel movie universe.

With all so may good things to back it up, it does have a minus point - there are no particularly spectacular blockbuster action moments. While the middle of the film doesn’t exactly drag, the flurried montages of Cap’s feats during the war (while necessary to create room for sequels) likely won’t blow anyone’s mind. The final battle between Cap and the Red Skull is well-executed – but as has been par for the Marvel movie course, the need to tell a bigger story limits the possibilities of what this one film can deliver.

Still at the end of the day the Cap gets his due and if you all who still haven't seen it and are worn out on the marvel superhero front should definitely take the time to go and watch Captain America: The First Avenger. Your in for a treat!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

It started with 'Caesar' then changed to 'Rise of the Apes' and finally Rise of the Planet of the Apes. While yes so many title changes may as per usual attribute to Hollywood selling style over substance. It wouldn’t be the first time that Hollywood has attempted to revive Planet of the Apes -- with even Tim Burton struggling to deliver an enjoyable modern remake. And Rupert Wyatt's revival of the iconic hit definitely works.

The film follows Will Rodman (James Franco) who is working on a chemical compound designed to cure Alzheimer’s Disease, which happens to afflict his father. Through a chimpanzee test subject named “Bright Eyes,” Rodman discovers that his compound not only rebuilds damaged brain tissue, but significantly increases intelligence. When his study is suddenly scrapped, following a lab accident, Rodman is forced to put-down all of his primate test subjects and is left to raise a young Chimpanzee named Caesar -- who has genetically inherited super-intelligence from his mother. As Caesar grows, it becomes difficult for the chimp to make sense of his role in a human world, as well as withstand his animal impulses, i.e., when Caesar violently attacks an ass-hole neighbor in order to protect a confused Charles, the police throw Caesar into an animal control facility with regular stupid apes.

And that’s where Rise of the Planet of the Apes goes from good to great. Wyatt takes his time developing the character of Caesar and while Franco may be the “star” of the film, it really belongs to Serkis and the special effect geniuses at WETA. Will becomes a background character as he struggles to get Caesar released while trying to update ALZ-112 to into an aerosol form that can better fight off antibodies. The movie breezes through these scenes because where its heart truly lies is with Caesar developing his relationship with his other prisoners and staging an escape.
By far the strongest element of the film is Caesar’s arc -- which successfully presents a mostly non-verbal evolution of the character from a reckless and charming baby chimpanzee to a contemplative but dangerous adolescent. Weta’s digital protagonist, coupled with another incredibly life-like performance from Andy Serkis, work to create one of the most intriguing connections to an entirely digital character that audiences will have ever experienced. In the end, it’s not just that Caesar looks real -- the character, through both the remarkable physical appearance as well as his onscreen actions, is genuinely brought to life.

Surprisingly, the human characters aren’t quite as well realized. Where Caesar’s evolution is unique and compelling, most of the other actors in the film are reduced to very traditional roles. Franco’s Rodman is the obsessed but sensitive scientist who breaks the rules for all the right reasons. The actor does a competent job of interacting with the CGI Caesar -- as well as pumping some believable emotion into the human-side of the equation. However, even a talented performer like Franco is somewhat held-back by the film’s interest in his ape counterpart; as a result, Rodman is mostly reacting to the things happening around him -- and isn’t given much room to evolve. Similarly, Freida Pinto plays Caroline Aranha, a veterinarian that becomes involved with Rodman -- another character that is mostly defined by a relationship, not her actions. Again, Pinto delivers a okay performance in the role but isn’t given anywhere to take it. Lithgow delivers a few charming moments, but the other supporting characters -- specifically cruel animal sanctuary wardens John and Dodge Landon (Brian Cox and Tom Felton, respectively) -- are one-note caricatures -- as is David Oyelowo’s money-hungry executive, Steven Jacobs. It’s an ironic state of affairs that -- in a film about apes that break free from the confines of human oppression -- it is the human actors who are restrained by the weight of their digital colleagues.
In spite of the CGI action-heavy finale, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is mostly a plodding character drama -- one that features a number of tense, but mostly small-scale, encounters. While everything that’s depicted onscreen is interesting, and successfully works to develop Caesar’s character, the film does get bogged-down at times. The final act offers a number of interesting visuals (most notably an empty suburban street lined with trees -- and falling leaves) and successfully depicts the actual rise of the apes -- but anyone expecting a large-scale, action-packed, finale might be a little let-down. However, for viewers who are locked into the film’s character moments, the final set-piece manages to deliver both a dramatic and emotional pay-off -- not to mention successfully ties the film to the overarching franchise .

Although I think a few things should be cleared up. The trailers and the TV spots make it look like this is the beginning of a revolution and we’re going to see how the apes rose up and defeated humanity. That’s not what happens and while I won’t spoil Caesar’s ultimate goal, I will say that the movie doesn’t try to make anyone seriously believe that the planet could be taken over by apes no matter how intelligent, agile, or physically imposing they may be. The movie cheats a little in showing how many apes charge through San Francisco, but there’s nowhere near enough apes in the city or on the planet for any viewer to believe that they could bring down humanity.

It’s important to note that, for anyone who might be turned-off by the campy sci-fi roots of the film, the tie-ins are ancillary to the far more compelling story of Caesar’s psychological evolution. As mentioned, the heavy-handed Planet of the Apes branding may dominate the film’s marketing campaign, but the actual story and characters depicted onscreen successfully rise above the PR blitz to deliver a unique and compelling movie-going experience.

So, I may not have seen any other planet of the apes movie (excluding this one) besides Tim Burton's but yes its a worthy addition to the brand name.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Shiewo: A Fantasy Flight to Adventure

Preferable for the 13 up group. I present before you all, Shiewo: A Fantasy Flight to Adventure by Ciye Cho.

Here is the summary of the book:

The universe of Orberana is a place of great wonder and peril, a dizzying landscape filled with clouds that can talk, clockwork beings that mark their own time, and painted animals that awake in the night. Shiewo Morose is the captain of a flying ship powered by music. She is also a determined young woman on a mission: a quest to find the Wishing Fish that created Orberana. Sailing above the clouds, Shiewo and her crew (Erduu the bamboo, Theo the cloud, Livingston the goldfish, and Felix the painter) are headed for worlds of crazed clockwork bureaucrats, tyrannic kings, and tornado children--worlds that will test not only the crew's bravery... but their very understanding of adventure. Theirs is the odyssey of a lifetime...
It is a world full of colours that come in every shade and form....well I suppose it correctly assumes the fat that the world which we are about to enter is well weird to a T...but it is also the land of dreams for any fantasy lovers.

Our story begins with Felix, a young artist in Galvanary (weird name for a city) who tries everything within his reach to turn his little world in the smog filled city a bit colourful via his art and his colours. One day his life suddenly takes a complete u-turn. His encounters with a cloud, a bamboo man and a ship captain with an attitude changes it all. He goes after them cause they have stolen something that belongs to him....his roof seriously (o.O) but all this goes down the drain when he finds the reason why they wanted his roof. They want to find the originator of Orbenara a.k.a. the wishing fish.

But that is not all, their ship with which they hope to track this mythical creature is shaped as a fish and the strangest detail of runs with music (hmm....nice use of the physics of sound..impressive)

While this is just the beginning - a start to their adventure but yes more is to come and with each bounding task, they grow stronger and wiser.

All in all not bad - although i got bored through it a bit. maybe the reason being that the story is meant for adults or young adults for that matter. But yes the author Ciye Cho does a good job with it - very imaginative - very colourful - and very musical. Kids will definitely enjoying this adventure of a "different" kind.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Cowboys & Aliens

Meshing a dusty old west side story with slick sc-fi stuff - pretty jaunty task if you ask me. Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens...well its bizarre - but yes it works. Sci-fi is the deal but the old dusty cowboy stuff is cool as well. But an attempt to mix them together -- well it has consequences of course. Not only is the script a mess but the acting is up to some extent a bit flat. As a result we have a movie that starts out slow but does try to pick up speed in the middle...the key word 'try'.

But its not what goes wrong - its what doesn't go right. The setup is fine. A man (Daniel Craig) wakes up in the New Mexico outback with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Or why a strange metal bracelet is locked around his wrist. When confronted by a mean gang of three men on horseback, he quickly kills them with his fists and legs. So far good enough. He mounts a horse and rides into an archetypically dusty small town, where he encounters a mean bully named Percy (Paul Dano) and quickly kicks him in the crotch when Percy demands the stranger make a "contribution." Trying to retaliate, Percy ineptly kills one of the town's deputy sheriffs, provoking the ire of the Sheriff (Keith Carradine) and prompt incarceration. After the stranger is identified by a "Wanted" poster as mean outlaw Jake Longergan, he joins Percy in jail, but not before a brief encounter with the beautiful Ella Swanson (Olivia Wilde), who claims to know something about him.

Before Lonergan can concern himself with an escape plan, aliens swoop in and steal a number of key members of the community, and the rescue mission lands on the shoulders of Dolarhyde, Swenson, and subsequently Lonergan -- who hopes that tracking the aliens to their base will give him answers to his past.

There's five storylines and none of them are particularly interesting. Part of the problem is that we hardly learn anything about the characters and they rarely interact with each other. There’s no banter, there’s no complex relationships, and while they may share scenes, they hardly ever speak to each other. It’s the most basic screenwriting the nine writers credited to the film could muster: here’s what these characters want (and Lonergan’s motives become nebulous by the third act).
There’s no real attempt to have the genres interact in a meaningful way beyond “Look at how technology changes the relationship between the conqueror and the conquered.” The story even goes so far as to reveal that the aliens are after our gold. More problematic is that the aliens’ motives and our characters’ understanding of the aliens changes from scene to scene. We eventually learn that the aliens are abducting humans so they can study us and learn our weaknesses before beginning the real invasion. But their ship is still mining gold. Are the aliens just thoughtful multi-taskers. And oddly, bullets don’t do much but a well timed charge with a wooden spear seems to do the trick.

The success of the film is largely due to a great performance from Daniel Craig -- who leads the cast with the same subtle intensity that made him a stand-out in his other films. Craig’s performance as Lonergan is a great mix of charming western swagger and modern physicality -- convincing in both rough and tumble action choreography as well as quiet contemplation while rolling a cigarette. Sadly, as I have already stated, the same cannot be said for the majority of the supporting cast. Considering the fact that the film sports an incredible ensemble of performers -- most characters are under served. 
It's not that Cowboys & Aliens is bad, per se, just that it pokes along rather than galloping. It wants to be a Western, but it's a horse opera that relies upon the novelty of an alien invasion to perk up the plot, which dawdles when it needs to dash. There's no real emotional bite to the loss of all the townspeople who got roped by riders in the sky; it's just a device to herd the story along to its inevitable final battle. It is also a real shame about the zero sci-fi - larger world build isn't really interesting. That said, despite flat characters and a campy premise -- moment to moment the film definitely offers some exciting set-pieces, enjoyable character banter, and bizarre but intriguing visual spectacle. Seeing the cowboy and alien worlds collide on the battlefield is interesting and forces the characters to come up with some intriguing solutions for dispatching their would-be conquerors -- especially when the full extent of the aliens’ reach is revealed.

There’s no doubt that audiences will enjoy the Cowboys & Aliens experience -- since it mostly delivers on its promise of an exciting genre mash-up.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

WWW: #3 Wonder

Common among trilogies, the first, i.e., the introductory both as it sets the foundation of the series is the greatest and the final book serves as a mind-blasting ending to the series and the middle one serves as the balancing act but Robert J. Sawyer's WWW series breaks these norms. Lets hear for the final book of the WWW trilogy,Wonder.

Here is the summary of the book:

Webmind-the vast consciousness that spontaneously emerged from the infrastructure of the World Wide Web-has proven its worth to humanity by aiding in everything from curing cancer to easing international tensions. But the brass at the Pentagon see Webmind as a threat that needs to be eliminated. Caitlin Decter-the once-blind sixteen-year-old math genius who discovered, and bonded with, Webmind-wants desperately to protect her friend. And if she doesn't act, everything-Webmind included-may come crashing down.
As with the previous WWW book, Wonder takes off just as Watch finishes. While a pilot attempt to eliminate Webmind, the sentient A.I. of the world wide web by the agency WATCH may have been foiled and webmind may be safe for the time being but the humans have a long way to go before they can actually believe its worth.

Wonder....well the book title may not really say what it is about but after its two excellent predecessors - Wake & Watch - Wonder can be seen as the one where all the loose ends meet.

Webmind is doing wonders imaginable...I suppose that might be where the title comes from; cures for dangerous diseases, routing corrupt governments, keeping tabs over criminal activities. Webmind sure is going the way for a Nobel Peace Prize and he definitely gets it at the end.

While Caitlin and her family as well as Matt while supporting him (webmind) face problems of their own. As well as Hobo and his caretakers & the Chinese Wong Wai-Jeng are fighting their own battles. And well Colonel Peyton Hume has for a lack of a better word...gone rogue.

After Wake and Watch a lot would feel 'how much more can you give after such amazing two book?' Well Wonder may not exactly have any of them but it is the ideology that matters and the author shows his via Webmind. And I still haven't grasped the concept of 'Game Theory'. As the previous two installments, the characterization of the book goes like - its top notch. They are all very vivid and dynamic. It is very easy to get along with them, especially Webmind. It is a good thing that Robert J. Sawyer did not make it into a dystopia - we already have a lot of them in the market at present - we don't need more; WWW is strangely optimistic, maybe the human race have hope after all.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Legacy: #1 Legacy

My...Historical Fiction after so long! Here it is Legacy by Cayla Kluver.

Here is the summary of the book:

I noticed his eyes. They were blue, sharp and intense. Despite the youthful glows of his suntanned face, his eyes were cold and unfriendly, suggesting he had great experience in the world and was now expecting the worst. In her seventeenth year, Princess Alera of Hytanica faces one duty: to marry the man who will be king. But her father's choice of suitor fills her with despair. When the palace guard captures and intruder—a boy her age with steel-blue eyes, hailing from her kingdom's greatest enemy—Alera is alarmed…and intrigued. But she could not have guessed that their clandestine meetings would unveil the dark legacy shadowing both their lands. In this mystical world of court conspiracies and blood magic, loyalties will be tested. Courage won't be enough. And as the battle begins for everything Alera holds dear, love may be the downfall of a kingdom.
Historical Fiction may not necessarily be all things history but it is taking a small aspect of the past and developing your views based on the facts employed. Our main view point of the story is based in the land of Hytanica in the medieval era. A time of Kings and Queens, of Knights and of Earls and of all things circa 1700s and 1800s.

On one hand is the kingdom of Hytanica where women are submissive, it is the men who are the most important decision making powers and on the other hand it is the kingdom of Cokyri, where women hold the highest position in the social status. Both Hytanica and Cokyri are as different from one another as black is from white. From the comparison only it is easy enough to understand that Hytanica has a long and brutal past with the Kingdom of Cokyri, and while there was peace between the two lands for the past years 16 years, things are now starting to shake and storm cloud are looming the horizon again.

Legacy takes off with the oldest princess of Hytanica, Alera and her personal bodyguard, London (its a name not the actual place in U.K. mind you) as they go for her rendezvous with her suitor the Lord Steldor (son of the captain of the guard). Princess Alera is about to make the most important decision of her life, her 18th birthday is fast approaching and within this period she must choose a husband or the King, her father would have to for her. But she is in a fix while her only suitor may be well loved by both family and country alike but Alera doesn't think Steldor is the one for her.

Then, if luck would have it she meets the mysterious Narian, a boy her age with steel-blue eyes, hailing from her kingdom's greatest enemy. Alera finds herself strangely attracted to this mysterious stranger. This chance meeting with a complete stranger may have been the precursor of clandestiny of events leading to the unveiling of a dark Legacy surrounding both Hytanica and Cokyri. Courage may simply not be enough for loyalties matter above all else.

Legacy is Miss Kluver's debut novel and I have to say its good enough to be on my favourite list. And Oh My God! I simply love the cover....its Gorgeous. History by definition is well.....boring but thankfully that is not the case here. Miss Kluver should be applauded for not only Legacy being an easy read but it being also beautifully written. Every detail....every minutes facts exert to beauty the era; emotions and turn of events are as well clearly felt by us readers.

While I did not like how the ending turned out but Miss Kluver you are now on of my favourite authors and I am very much excited for the next installments, Allegiance and Sacrifice.

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