{Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway} Legacy of the Mind by HR Moore

Posted April 20, 2017 by Liza in Blog Tour, Giveaways, Reviews / 6 Comments

Welcome to this stop on the tour my lovely readers and please be sure to check the schedule of the tour.  Legacy of the Mind is free right now in Amazon, so take advantage and get it now 🙂

Lux and Legacy of the Mind
H.R. Moore
(The Legacy Trilogy #1)
Publication date: January 2nd 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Anita has never been ordinary, she’s stuck out like a sore thumb her entire life; not only can she see the energy of others, a rare skill, but she’s won every Body challenge she’s ever entered. So when the powerful, good looking Descendants, Marcus and Alexander, mysteriously arrive in Empire, her difference attracts and keeps their attention.

Once in Empire, the sudden death of ruling Body Descendant, Christiana, sets in motion a number of events; a quest for the treacherous Austin to find the girl Christiana had been looking for; a challenge where Anita stands out more vibrantly than ever before; a perilous dip in the world’s energy; and a dangerous belief among the people that they will never truly be free. Powerful factions soon form within the ruling elite and when a trusted friend and mentor reaches out to ask for Anita’s help, she has to make a choice; help her friend and betray the one she loves, or do nothing and watch the people starve.

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Review 

What attracted me first to Legacy of the Mind was its cover and the promise of a good fantasy story.  The plot is centered around energy and three ways of living or thinking: Mind, Body and Spirit.  Every human being has an affinity for one of them above all others, but most have a combination of all three.  Their balance shapes the energy of the world and keeps the Gods at peace.

Anita is a strong Body type and has won every challenge in her city of Empire.  She works with the study of energy and has also a great affinity to Spirit and can do things others can’t.  Unfortunately, this calls attention to herself in a world that can be dangerous to powerful people. She’s loyal, spirited, stubborn, unpredictable, and a born athlete.

Marcus is the son of Austin, the current Mind Descendant and he’s being shaped after his father’s image of what a ruler should be.  He’s fun, sexy, manipulative, possessive and jealous.

Alexander is the newly crowned Spirit Descendant and he’s a lot more mellow that Marcus.  He’s also more mature and levelheaded and thinks this through before acting.

For some unexplained reason, Anita’s energy has an affinity to both Marcus and Alexander’s and she explores her feelings for both of them.  Now, it’s not a love triangle per se since she doesn’t quite act upon her feelings and confusion, which I really appreciate.  I won’t tell you who she ends up with since I don’t want to spoil it for you!

I also enjoyed other characters, like Anita’s friends Cleo and Bas, and her grandmother.  The plot itself is a mix of romance, mystery, political machinations with a healthy dose of intrigue.

The world building was a bit chaotic and confusing. I thought it was a fantasy, but for the most part it read almost as a contemporary.  The language felt that way and there was a mix of new concepts, like “energy cars” , but then there were also rock bands and stilettos. The ending was sort of a cliffhanger, which is a pet peeve of mine.

Overall, Legacy of the Mind is a a good start of the series.  It is a story full of mystery, discovery, secrets, love and the quest to shape a better world.  

About HR Moore

Harriet was born in Germany in 1987, the family returning to the UK, to Dorset shortly afterwards. She lived there until she was 5, her grandfather teaching her the basics of cheating at cards and swindling chocolate, her mother starting to instil a (some would argue) unhealthy relationship with cake, and the neighbours demonstrating that some people don’t understand cherry blossom is there to be picked, mixed with mint and water and sold as perfume.
Then there was Scotland; stealthy guinea pig breeding, riding horses, advanced cards, more cake, then to Devon and school in Exeter. She loved maths in the early years, but by the time she got to A Level, Sociology was her favourite subject, opening her eyes to things she’d never before considered, namely, nobody is really right, nobody is really normal and primary socialisation has a lot to answer for.

At the age of about 12, Harriet started rowing for Exeter Rowing Club. This quickly took over her life and before too long she was clad in lycra, training 6 days a week and competing at events around the country.

After finishing her A Levels, Harriet went to university in St Andrews, studying Philosophy for two years, then switching to Management. She was particularly interested in the ‘people’ elements of her course and especially the areas concerning how people create and react to change. After four very civilised years by the sea, she ventured to London, to foray into the strange world of insurance (surprisingly, more interesting than you might think), where she currently works as a Project Manager.

Harriet has recently moved to Hertfordshire with her husband Chris and baby Atia. When she isn’t doing DIY, writing, editing, eating, taking photos, or imagining how much better life would be with the addition of a springer spaniel, she occasionally finds the time to make hats.

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Liza
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Liza

I'm an avid reader (since I learned to read at age four) and a book blogger (since May, 2011).I read mostly YA, but I also read romance, new adult and some middle grade.

Born in Puerto Rico, hola :), military wife for 22-years, and mother of three boys.I work full time doing something else that I love (sadly I don't get paid for reading!)
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6 responses to “{Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway} Legacy of the Mind by HR Moore

  1. Great review, Liza! This sounds like a good read overall, and the romance sounds realistic, too – love triangles often feel forced for the sake of drama I find. Glad you liked it! 🙂

  2. I’m glad it’s not exactly a love triangle. I’ve been getting so tired of those lately. But too bad about the world building being chaotic and confusing. That would probably bother me as well. Great review, Liza!

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