The sixth book in the Private series, Legacy picks off a few days after the ending of Inner Circle, and it confirms some of my feelings about Inner Circle while failing to live up to some of hopes for Legacy that came with from the book before.
They say absolute power corrupts absolutely, and so in Legacy we begin to see more of the flaws of main character Reed. Some of the perks of the position seemed a little ridiculous while reading (is that really how those born into wealth and privilege live? It seems almost as fantastical as anything in the paranormal market at the moment) but Reed’s reactions to having them are what really count here. There is temptation, there is worry about what to do with these gifts – use, or abuse? – and it is interesting to see how Reed copes (or does not cope) with leadership while also dealing with everything that is going on.
Unfortunately, Legacy appears to have trouble finding its footing regarding a few other plots. The death of Cheyenne, an event that at the beginning of Legacy (and, of course, at the end of Inner Circle) has rocked the characters… and then it’s cast aside for the most part in favour of the greater tragedy: super special Easton students cannot go to a super special party? While the plotline of solving that problem was an interesting one, and yes, Cheyenne’s death was not completely forgotten (there are some vague nods to it throughout the book, and almost a half-hearted attempt at explaining a subplot to the main storyline), it still did not really endear me to the story or the characters that it is just suddenly brushed aside.
The Private series are (in my experience) light, easy reads, and Legacy is no exception. If you are into scheming young women of privilege and the world they reside in, then Legacy (and the rest of the series) may just be for you.