A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

Posted January 21, 2015 by Sara | Novel Novice 0 Comments

Megan Shepherd’s twist on three classic Gothic novels comes to a chilling conclusion with A Cold Legacy, the third and final book in the Madman’s Daughter trilogy.

cold legacyAfter killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has 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 own 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.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.

In book 1 of this series, Shepherd offered her own twist on the classic novel The Island of Dr. Moreau, then followed it up with a twist on Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde. Here, she concludes the trilogy with a daring take on Mary Shelley’s classic, Frankenstein — cleverly weaving together all the elements she has built up into on climactic finale.

A Cold Legacy sees Shepherd both pay tribute to Shelley’s novel, and give it her own unique spin — all while weaving together an ending for her characters, who have survived some insane situations. The madness deepens in A Cold Legacy, as Juliet struggles to decide who she is, and whether or not she can fight fate — or make her own.

As with the other books in this series, Shepherd displays a mastery of the Gothic style — writing clever, modern books that would fit in perfectly with other tomes written during Shelley’s time period. A Cold Legacy is an enticing, new way to approach the Frankenstein story — indeed, teachers would be wise to consider using this book as an entry point for readers hesitant to dive into Shelley’s novel.

A Cold Legacy is in stores January 27th.

Sara | Novel Novice

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