Princess Alera, verging on her eighteenth birthday, must choose a suitable man to be her husband, who will also become the successor to the throne. Her father, the King, is set on Steldor—a pompous, hot-tempered Military Field Commander. Alera despises Steldor and feels trapped by the rules and traditions set upon her.
One day a handsome young warrior is found on Hytanican land and is taken by the guards. Found to be from the enemy’s village, Narian has a shocking past and upbringing that threaten everything Alera has ever known and believed. Plunged into the unknown world of palace intrigue and ancient blood feuds, Alera must decide between true love and duty.
Cayla Kluver, the sixteen-year-old author of Legacy, is truly brilliant. Her eloquent dialogue and cleverly plotted tale of kings and queens, romance and deceit will keep you turning the pages and wanting more.
Cayla is truly an amazing young woman. She wrote the first draft of Legacy in just nine months at the age of 14 while attending public school. Her second novel in the series, Allegiance, is due to be released early in 2010, and she has almost completed book three, Redemption.
Cayla has been writing since she was two. She says, “I don’t remember it [the story] that well, to be honest. My mom says it was about a bunny, and I dictated it to her then drew the pictures to go along.”
I asked Cayla where she had gotten her inspiration from, so young and talented as she is. She said, “Life in general. That’s one of the most beautiful things about human existence, I think—that everything, even the weather on a certain day, can be inspirational. More specifically, people inspire me—there are so many strong, amazing people in the world and even around me who have experienced far more than I have. To be able to draw from their accomplishments is an absolute privilege.”
Of course, I couldn’t help but pry a little. Does Cayla know how the Legacy series is going to end? She said, “I do—I feel really good about it, even though I have no doubt I’ll miss writing about the characters in the Legacy series. They really represent my first venture into this type of writing, and whatever bumps there may have been (or may yet be!) along the way, this is definitely an experience I will never forget or take for granted. I’ve been really fortunate.”
So what’s next after this wonderful series? Cayla confides, “I have a bunch more ideas I’m really excited to flesh out and write. Without getting too specific, there’s one that has to do with time travel, one that’s very gothic, one about fairies and politics, one that’s much darker and more realistic than anything else I’ve written that has to do with a group of college students, and a few more here and there. I’ve just honestly never been so excited about the future in my life. I’m thrilled to be looking at possibly being able to do what I love for a long time.”
Cayla closes by sharing this advice for anyone who wants to be a writer: “Just keep writing, and reading, and learning everything you can about the world. Goodness knows I’ve got a lot more to learn! And remember, if writing is what you’re passionate about, don’t let anyone discourage you from pursuing that goal. You’ll always run into nay-sayers, people who will say what’s practical and what isn’t, but ultimately it’s about you and what will make you happy and fulfilled as a person.”
If you want to learn more about the Legacy series and Cayla, check out Cayla’s official website at http://www.caylakluver.com/.