A Cold Legacy by Megan ShepherdA Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

A Cold Legacy

byMegan Shepherd

Paperback | January 27, 2015

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With inspiration from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein—and perfect for fans of Libba Bray—this breathless conclusion to the Madman's Daughter trilogy explores the things we'll sacrifice to save those we love…even our own humanity.

After killing the men who tried to steal her father's research, Juliet and her friends have 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 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.

Megan Shepherd grew up in her family's independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The travel bug took her from London to Timbuktu and many places in between, though she ended up back in North Carolina with her husband, two cats, and a scruffy dog, and she wouldn't want to live anywhere else. She is also the author of the Madman...
Title:A Cold LegacyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:January 27, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062387898

ISBN - 13:9780062387899


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Ending to the Trilogy 2015 is the year of sequels. It is the year of saying farewell to the series and trilogies that you have grown to love, devour, and realize that you have given a specific genre a taste. It is also the year of the final novel for a series that is a little bit of historical fiction, a little bit of romance and a little bit of science fiction, all poured together, topped with a dash of whipped cream, which in this case, is the wonderful characters that have a big place in my heart. This series is my favourite in the world, and every book in it has topped my shelves and made me cry, shake of fear, and beg for more. A Cold Legacy means everything to me. From 2013, when this series began, to the moment when I last flipped the page of this book, Juliet and her story have stuck with me, and are still stuck onto my heart at the moment. Megan Shepherd, as always, has stunned me and the rest of the bookish population I'm sure, and I am obsessing over this ending and finale. Let's just say that you have read the previous two books in this lovely trilogy but have not yet picked this one up. I am literally begging you to get your butt off your chair or couch or whatever and GET YOURSELF TO THE STORE OR SOME OTHER PLACE TO GET THIS BOOK. You need it. It needs you and to be loved. It is crying at the warehouse or bookstore. The ending will shock you, and all of the questions that you once had that seemed confusing to the whole theme of the story will be answered, actually. YOU HEAR ME? QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED! I feel like a legit fangirl freak over here. I am adoring this novel, I found everything that I ever wanted in this finale, and everything that I ever theorized makes complete sense. My guesses were and were not correct, depending on what I was thinking about, and the plot and romance was so whirled up with action that I am literally shaking right now thinking about it. But the most important thing for those who have yet not read this is... what is the precious finale of this trilogy really about? Montgomery and Juliet are together. There's no doubt about it. And now that them and their kickass crew of friends have reached safety, they begin to discover the truth behind everything—behind who they really are, behind their family's secrets (this one is a bombshell) and behind who they really are. Can we just go over the last fifty pages again? I was shocked and Ms. Shepherd throws everything in our face in the last little bit where I literally wanted to slam my face in a tree for not realizing some things. Remember those details that were given and were kind of unclear about back in the other two books? They come back in this one and give you a straight-up hell-no answer. And there is a slight chance of some minor tears and frustration coming from your end. Just trying to let you know, heh. Montgomery and Juliet are gorgeous. I have never been such a big fan of their relationship because even after everything with Edward, I still liked him. But now? Their makeout scenes are descriptive but not overly, as are the rest of the book's descriptions. It's so gory, but perfect for its science-fiction Frankenstein style. It is rare for me to enjoy every single book by an author, but I am thankful that Meg Shepherd keeps pleasing me. THE ROMANCE, THE FEELS, THE ACTION. If one scene seems a little "normal," (let's use that word in this case) wait for the next page. Something big will happen and you'll get jump scared. This book is evil, but beautiful. It could seriously scare you and make you so frustrated with savagery that you would want to pull your hair out. And then there is also the lightweight, easy side of the writing, that is lyrical but makes so much sense. The romance is fluffy, but to the historical extent, and I loved every page of the story, minus a bit that didn't fluff it up like the other books did. You need this series in your life. It fulfills everything, every expectation and beyond.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great finale One of the nicest parts of this was the fact that there was no more romance angst. Juliet and Montgomery finally got to just be a team together, and even though they had their bumps in the road, they were still solid and supportive. Juliet didn't need Montgomery always hanging around her and Montgomery respected Juliet and her space. I never got bored, though - the creep factor, mystery, and intense moral dilemmas were more than enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. ***MAJOR SPOILERS HERE*** (also spoilers for Susan Dennard's Strange and Ever After I was terrified - TERRIFIED - that this would be another Strange and Ever After - as in her love interest dies and she has the option to bring him back but accepts death and her own limitations and lets him go. I mean, they even have a conversation about it. I was practically cringing every time I turned the page, as I got into the last fifty or so, because I was dreading it so much. I am very glad it didn't happen and they got a happy ending. That said, having it be Lucy (because it had to be someone) was nearly as heartbreaking. That friendship and healthy juxtaposition was one of my favorite parts, and it was a heartbreaking end to Edward's arc. Oh well, I should have known a story this dark and twisted couldn't end completely happily. In fact, except for Juliet and Montgomery, nearly everything ended tragically. Huh. Overall, I loved this series, and I say goodbye to it with one last shiver brought on by this deliciously creepy book.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good End to the Series This was a decent end to the trilogy. Perhaps it wasn't what I expected, or at least what I wanted, but it was satisfying and it ended on a good note. It reminded me of what happened in the last book without sounding like a retelling (which is good in itself because I couldn't really remember much of the plot) and it brought back the past nicely without feeling like it came out of nowhere. The author did a good job of keeping the usual maturity levels as is expected in YA (because of the genre I can understand the exaggerated gestures and tells). As annoying as it is at times I never had trouble believe they were teens and I was able to put up with their overreactions and their trains of thought without too much hassle. They matured throughout the series but not too much so that they didn't still keep that same feeling within the book - it was gradual and well developed. I don't find Elizabeth well written, though, and that was a problem I had since the last book. I understand characters are who they are but it's annoying to read headstrong female characters in the 19th century with attitudes that fit more in ours - no matter what they think or feel, their society still would have shaped them and all her ideas and her behaviour couldn't have been so contrary to the time regardless of the role she had as mistress in her own home, how she valued education in women, and what her lineage and importance was. Juliet at least still felt like she was part of the world but Elizabeth wasn't very well written (especially in regards to her age because I had to be reminded she wasn't the same age as the other heroines despite the awkward way the author tried to narrate her into sounding smart and mature). I like Lucy's end. It was unexpected but well done (even though I felt like her degeneration into wanting Juliet to operate on Edward and even her assistance in the deed was too quick). I thought more would come out of the plague bodies in the basement. I felt like I was supposed to believe that they were killed by Elizabeth or her servants and it was hidden but they were just convenient body parts that were placed in the house early on plot-wise just so that they could be available when needed and that was boring and it felt like a false promise, too. I didn't quite like Edward's fate but it felt like a decent ending even if I didn't want that loneliness for him. If this book in the series was modelled after Frankenstein then I can see why his fate mirrored the monster's end and how our inability to know what really happens to him once he leaves the group gives off a finality even if his story continues past this one. I liked the twist with Juliet's true parentage. It was unexpected but not really out of nowhere and it was handled nicely. I liked how she was able to take that and get past her fear of turning into her father (even though maybe it was a bit of a cop out since she couldn't have done it without that). I especially liked the truth about her mother yet I wish there was a bit more of a focus on how Juliet reacts to her true lineage and the truth about their past. For the end of the series it was a decent end. It kept the Gothic feel, even though I felt like the author sometimes forced it on me with the narrative, and the plot wrapped up well. I may not have liked the setting, especially with Elizabeth being out of her time, but Juliet brought it all to a decent end and the characters' fate didn't leave me upset with how everything turned out. I think I would've preferred the series if it strayed on its own path after the first novel, instead of constantly finding Gothic novels to take inspiration from, but all in all it was a good run and it moved to its own tune well enough.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not too shabby I was so excited to read this book after "Her Dark Curiosity" but found myself slightly disappointed by the speed at which the plot evolved considering Shepherds other two captivating books. Sometimes, I was dreading to finish a chapter,waiting for the plot to thicken, but it didn't. I was also looking for some more character development for Juliet. Although there are time where she finds out things that shocked me, it did not build her character and she becomes this helpless young girl and the main idea gets lost somewhere. Despite all this, the concept of Frankenstein is not overdone to the point of disaster. Megan Shepherd wrote that well and I appreciate her attempt. All in all it's and ok closing to the trilogy.
Date published: 2015-02-24

Editorial Reviews

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