Author: Terry Tyler
Category: Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Book Review
‘Out of all the death and destruction has come the freedom to be who we really are.’
A hundred years after the world was devastated by the bat fever virus, the UK is a country of agricultural communities where motherhood is seen as the ideal state for a woman, new beliefs have taken over from old religions, and the city of Blackthorn casts a threatening shadow over the north of England. Legacy travels backwards in time to link up with the characters from Tipping Point, Lindisfarne and UK2.
I’ve really been looking forward to finding out what happened to my favourite, and not so favourite, characters from the previous three books.
Legacy is divided into several parts, each covering a particular period of time and begins in 2127, a hundred years after the decimation of the planet, where there are pockets of farming communities scattered across the country, generally living a quiet life. One such is in Norfolk where seventeen year old Bree lives with her family. Each spring, unwelcomed by some, groups of travellers arrive looking for work. There are still people who remember, and fear, the spread of a disease that wiped out most of the population.
Bree looks forward to seeing new faces when the travellers arrive as well as friends she’s made from previous visits, especially Silas. She also enjoys the stories of the world beyond her small village which fire her imagination. Wanting more than settling for marriage and children just because that’s what’s expected of her, Bree feels stifled. She wants to learn about the previous generations of her family, particularly her mother and grandmother who both died young, and experience life in the big wide world. She and Silas have a lot in common.
The thought of being able to just up and leave, to wander off on a whim, sounded so wonderful that Bree felt her whole body crying out in envy.
“That sounds like heaven. To be able to think, I don’t like this, so I’m going. To just move on, whenever the fancy takes you.”
Jumping back to 2089 we learn of Sky’s life in the city of Blackthorn, run by the tyrant Thorn, and her marriage to Byron Lewis III. Sky is anything but happy with her lot and wonders if life outside Blackthorn is as bad as it’s made out to be. She remembers her early happy life on Lindisfarne and, after seeing how her brother treats his wife, Misty, decides it’s time to leave Blackthorn and persuade Misty to go with her before she’s severely injured…or worse. Sky was sure there must be better places and a more satisfying life than this.
Phoenix Northam, son of the late and unlamented Dexter, founded Blackthorn which he named for his son. He’s been indoctrinated by his mother and has an unrealistic and biased view of Dex, but nevertheless wants to follow in his father’s footsteps as a great leader. Or so he believes…
I am twenty-five years old, and have fulfilled my destiny: to become a leader of men, like my father.
I loved meeting Lottie again, seeing the woman she became and finding out how much she had taken to the new way of life. I’m glad she ended up where she did….she’s my hero!
This is a fabulous final and enthralling instalment, even though I’m sorry the series has ended. Bree and Silas’ journey brings threads together and tie up loose ends, which are woven together expertly. The world building conjures strong images and is totally convincing, the characters are all extremely well crafted, believable and drive the story whether they’re likeable or not, and I’m very glad one in particular got what they deserved. Can’t wait to see what Terry Tyler comes up with next!
I chose to read and review Legacy based on a copy of the book supplied by the author.
About the Author
I am self-published and proud to be so, and have seventeen books on Amazon. The latest is UK2, the third book in the post apocalyptic Project Renova series. The other books in the series are Tipping Point, Lindisfarne, and Patient Zero, a collection of short stories about some of the characters. A final book, Legacy, was published at the end of October, 2018
Earlier books: The Devil You Know is a psychological thriller based around a serial killer, and Best Seller is a satirical tale based on the modern publishing industry. Kings and Queens, Last Child and The House of York are modern day re-tellings of historical periods in the Tudor and Plantagenet eras. The rest come under the general banner of contemporary fiction/family drama/romantic suspense.
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