Legacy of the Empress is Rebecca Knight's debut novel. Before picking this up, I read No Rest for the Wicked, a short story about Veronica Grimm, a woman who takes on baddies from fairy tales. To say I was excited to read Legacy is an understatement. There's a reason I picked it as July's indie book of the month. I wanted an excuse to read it ASAP. The giveaway is still going on, so head on over there and sign up!
Brief Summary: Legacy of the Empress follows the tale of Princess Astrid, a young woman who has been trapped in a tower by her mother for the last ten years. Around her eighteenth birthday, Astrid, who has a talent for magic, finds a way to free herself. At first, her only goal is to get as far away from her mother as possible. Then she meets an elemental who gives her a wonderful gift and tells her about the Empress. The Empress is the only person to ever meet and defeat the darkness that is plaguing the land. Astrid goes on a quest to find and save the Empress, whose imprisonment in the Crystal Fortress led to the return of the darkness. But in her quest to free her kingdom, she realizes the price might be higher than she imagined.
Why You Should Read It: Knight tells an amazing story. Simple as that. I've read a lot of wonderful work from indies, but this book makes it onto my absolute favorites. Right up there with Lord of the Rings and the Drizzt books. There is a very good chance that I will read this novel again. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the only reason it took me so long to finish is that real life kept popping up and bothering me. I'm not sure if there is a sequel planned, but I sincerely hope there is.