TITLE: The Legacy
SERIES: Book 1 of The Legacy Trilogy
AUTHOR: Melissa Delport
PRINT ISBN: 978-0-620-59636-7
PAGES: 366 pages
WORD COUNT: 99 160
GENRE: Speculative Fiction
MARKET: Adults (with crossover to the 16+ reader)
PUBLISHER: Tracey McDonald Publishers
One man obsessed with power.
One woman prepared to sacrifice everything to stop him.
One war that changed the world.
“World War Three lasted twelve days. Twelve days was all it took for mankind to devastate the planet and almost eradicate the human race. No victor emerged from the ashes and billions lost their lives.
We survivors lived through the bleakest of winters. A primal existence became the new order, and the little that remained of our humanity hung in the balance.
Then one man stood up and changed the world. I believed, as did everyone else, that he was the hero of our time, the man who had saved us from our own demise. His name is Eric Dane and he is the President of the New United States of America.
He is also my husband, and my greatest enemy.
I grew up oblivious to the truth, until my father found me when I was nineteen years old. He told me about the many horrifying facts that our new leader kept hidden from us. And he told me that beyond the borders the Resistance grew and fought for freedom from the oppression that Eric Dane had imposed on us.
My name is Rebecca Davis. I am twenty-six years old, and in me the Resistance has found the ultimate weapon.”
A narrative of good and evil, love and passion, right and wrong – and at the centre of the story a strong woman who is prepared to sacrifice everything for the cause she believes in.
The Legacy is an action-packed, adrenalin-inducing thrill ride which will leave you riveted long after you have turned the last page.
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My Top Ten Books
By Melissa Delport, author of The Legacy
Being such an avid reader, it is extremely difficult to narrow down my top ten favourite reads, but these particular books (or series) have definitely made an impression!
My top ten reads, in no particular order:
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Rowling’s world building is epic and unrivalled. Harry Potter is a masterpiece - so clever and colorful, she deserves all the success this series has brought her.
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
I ADORED this book. I read it in one very emotional rollercoaster of a day. I laughed out loud and I blushed to the roots of my hair for Lou. This book is so beautifully written it made me ugly cry. Without giving away too much of the storyline, Lou is 26 years old when she is employed to care for Will - a young, handsome, rich, upper-class high-flyer. After a terrible accident, Will is paralyzed. Will is not a nice young man. He is angry and resentful, and he makes Lou's life a misery. Despite this, and his physical disability, Will is incredibly sexy in a dark, brooding sort of way. Think Christian Grey without the whips and chains. The tragic love story that follows is breath taking.
I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Being a bit of a "super-hero" fanatic, this series was right up my alley. Aimed at YA market, it spent 7 weeks at the #1 spot on the NY Times bestseller list. I loved everything about this book, even the made-up name of the author. The basic plot, which does the book no justice: nine infant aliens with extraordinary powers being hunted down on Earth by the evil invaders who destroyed their home planet. They can only be killed in order and the first 3 have already been eliminated at the onset of the book. Number Four is now running for his life. Enter the legendary Six, and the action is explosive.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Anyone rolling their eyes and passing judgement, just remember that this book has sold more copies and broken more records that I care to count and that love it or hate it, Stephenie Meyer is laughing all the way to the bank. Personally, I LOVED it. I read like a woman possessed, and yes, I fantasised about Edward Cullen. A lot. I am not going to drone one about plot and characterisation because everyone knows what this series is all about. If you haven't read it - SHAME on you!
The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Undoubtedly the best vampire story other than Twilight, and I would know – I read them all. I loved Dimitri, and the feisty, feckless Rose.
Room by Emma Donoghue
Room is a book that I still can't stop thinking about 2 years after reading it. The story is told from the perspective of a five-year-old boy, Jack, who is being held captive in a small room along with his mother. Donoghue conceived the story after hearing about five-year-old Felix in the Fritzl case. This book is astounding. And gross. And captivating. And scary. And heart-warming. And awful. You need to read it to understand.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The concept of this series was so unbelievable and so shocking – sending children to kill one another in cold blood. The originality of this story is what had me riveted.
Can you keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella
I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard reading a book. Emma is hysterical, and I blushed to the roots of my hair at her antics. This book is a light-hearted, feel-good comedy romance and I loved it.
The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare
Again – an original story, compelling characters, The Mortal Instruments has a lot of plot, but it is so well-written that you don’t get “lost” in translation. I’m a sucker for a good love story, but I also like a lot of action and this series has both.
I was fortunate enough to select Victorian Literature as one of my honours degree subjects and spent a year devouring the classics. From Jane Eyre, to Dracula, this year is one that truly was the peak of my literary snobbery. Aside from the fact that these books are beautiful, there is something very rewarding about reading a classic. It makes you feel clever. And refined. And D-E-E-P. I have to say that Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre are two of my firm favourites, with Tess of the D'Urberville's a close third. These are the kind of books that you re-read.
She graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelor’s Degree in English in 2000
At the age of twenty-four Melissa started a logistics company (Transmax) from the spare room of her flat and built it up to two fully operational depots in Durban and Johannesburg. Now, 10 years later, she has sold her business in order to write full time.
Melissa lives with her husband and three children in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
The Legacy (book 1 of The Legacy Trilogy) and The Legion (book 2) are available now and the final book, The Legend, will be released early 2015.
An avid reader herself, Melissa finally decided to stop ‘watching from the sidelines’ and to do what is her passion.
“I was driving home from work when inspiration struck, and a storyline started unravelling in my head. For a few days it was all I could think about and eventually I realised that the only way to get it out of my head, was to put it all down on paper. I started writing, and that was that.”
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The Legacy Trilogy Website: www.thelegacytrilogy.com
Publisher’s website: www.traceymcdonaldpublishers.com