Legendary is a book by a new to me author and it’s a story about one of my weaknesses: Arthurian themes. So when I saw this book on Netgalley, I just couldn’t not request it. After reading it, it would have been better if I did. It wasn’t that the book was terribly horrible, but rather that it has a lot to live up to and failed live up to expectations.
In short, there is a great big hero (in this case the Destined One) who has a quest, instant love and a perfect character and the pitfall of every Young Adult story: a love triangle.
Our main character is Aliana who’s grown up on stories of King Arthur and his knights and a desire to find Avalon. The story really starts when she does find Avalon and learns she has to go on this epic quest. No pressure there. Along the way she meets of with quite the cast of characters. Some likable, some not, but all – apart from the established characters – suffered from totally unfitting names that just didn’t quite blend with the rest. The naming felt too forced to me.
The bones of the story is not bad and this story could have been great, but Aliana is a character that fails to meet up to expectation. She nears mary Sue-ish regions too much for me to like her as a character with such a great destiny and in the company of such big names. She comes across as a character who is flawed, but then she ticks all the right hero-boxes.
The part that didn’t help much either was that the writing was too much on the amateuristic side for me. It was too obvious, to starry and too stiff and forced. There was too much telling and not experiencing the story and too many infodumps. Because of that the author failed to really draw me into the story. It’s definitely not the first time, I don’t like a female lead, but did like the story. For Legendary there was too many factors combined for me to like the story.
To be fair, there are a lot of great books to live up too and I do liked the idea of the story, just not the execution. It could be that I’ve become too jaded for the young adult genre and there will probably be readers out there who love this, it just didn’t work for me.