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Legacy of Light (The Effigies, Book 3)

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Legacy of Light (The Effigies, Book 3)

The Effigies, four girls chosen to be gifted with powers from each of the four elements, are running out of time in this breathtaking finale of the Effigies trilogy. The Effigies must stop Saul from destroying the world, but they are scattered around the world, and unbeknownst to the others, one of the four is conspiring with Saul.

Meanwhile, Blackwell, the leader of the Sect, the army that is supposed to be supporting the Effigies and maintaining order, is pitting Sect members against each other and framing them and the Effigies for crimes they didn't commit, so he can set himself up as dictator.

"I loved the first two books and was really looking forward to the last installment, but when I finally read it, I have to admit I was a little disappointed."

Maia must confront the dark secrets of past Effigies to find the answer that could change everything and finally put an end to the deadly phantoms.

I loved the first two books and was really looking forward to the last installment, but when I finally read it, I have to admit I was a little disappointed.

For me, the best part about the first two books was the sisterly bond between the Effigies and the sweet romance between Maia and Rhys. I especially loved the mentorship and playful banter.

The girls were apart for most of the last book so it was missing the dialogue from the earlier books that made me laugh out loud and wish I was a member of the group. And, except for the last five pages, there were very few scenes with Maia and Rhys, which I had been looking forward to the most.

Much of the last book was fighting and action but it was a little too predictable for me. In fights, none of the "good guys" got hurt, and the "bad guys" always lost. There were a lot of battle scenes, but the Effigies only used their powers a few times. I found myself skipping pages, which I rarely do.

The best part of the book was seeing the lives of past Effigies. I also liked how the villain seemed more human as they revealed their complex past and motivations. By the end of the book, the line between the villains and the protagonists was almost blurred.

Overall, those who enjoyed the first two books will want to read LEGACY OF LIGHT to find out how Maia's journey ends.

Reviewed by Alice D., Teen Board Member on December 18, 2018

Legacy of Light (The Effigies, Book 3)
by Sarah Raughley