Hi everyone! Today I’m doing a book review on Megan Shepard’s A Cold Legacy. This was the first book that I read this year and I’m excited to share my thoughts with you! I’ve kept this review as spoiler free as possible, and I hope you enjoy reading!
A Cold Legacy is the final book in Megan Shepard’s ‘The Madman’s Daughter’ trilogy. The book is inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The synopsis on Shepard’s website is as follows:
‘After 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 she uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation- and her own intended role in it- which forces her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. Juliet must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones- or make her own.’
As you can probably tell, this book is certainly not an ordinary teenage romance novel. It’s action packed, and takes the reader on a roller coaster of emotions. It is driven by plot, however, the author uses amazing details to describe the scientific experiments.
In this novel, there isn’t a love triangle. Juliet is planning her wedding. Although she is young, her wedding acts as a nice subplot to the novel. It helps to put the darkness of her secrets into perspective. I also like how Juliet still has elements of normality in her everyday life.
The novel isn’t really a re-telling of Frankenstein. This makes sense though: it would have been an impressive feat to retell three Victorian tales in one series! The author definitely makes good use of elements of Frankenstein. The manor where Juliet is staying belonged to Victor Frankenstein’s family, and the key theme of reanimation is used. Edward also leaves, which mirrors that of the monster. I wasn’t as much of a fan of this part. It seems unfair that he is compared to a monster when he tries so hard to protect Juliet and Lucy throughout the trilogy.
I loved the setting. The novel launches straight into the description, which sets the eerie and creepy tone that is used throughout the novel. Although it is a completely different environment, the creepiness of the mansion is similar to the creepiness on Doctor Moreau’s Island.
I definitely had a lump in my throat while reading the final chapters. I wanted so much for Juliet to have her happy ending. I won’t say if the author grants her it or not: you’ll have to read to find that one out!
I’d definitely recommend these books to lovers of teenage romance. The plot is gripping and although there is a love triangle, it isn’t the main focus of the book. The Madman’s Daughter is still my favourite book from the trilogy (I wrote a review if you want to see what I thought), but I’d definitely recommend reading the rest of the series!
I hope you enjoyed this review! Let me know what your favourite novel is in the comments! I’d love to get some recommendations!