Two years ago, Ben Greenwood’s parents walked out the door and never returned. The police have all but given up finding them when Ben stumbles upon a peculiar letter addressed to his dad. “You are the most wanted man in the Unseen Kingdoms. Unless you come to us, we cannot help. For your child’s sake, tell us what you know.”
The letter is from an organisation called the Royal Institute of Magic and is dated a day before his parents disappeared. Like most people, fourteen-year-old Ben hasn’t the faintest idea what the Royal Institute of Magic is, but he has his first clue: the logo on the letter.
Armed with nothing but his wits and the help of his good friend Charlie, Ben sets out to find the Institute and, through them, his parents. To succeed, he will have to navigate a land filled with fantastic creatures and Spellshooters, where magic can be bought and sold, to unravel an ancient family secret that could hold the key to defeating an evil the Institute has been fighting for the last five hundred years.
I’m a die-hard Harry Potter fan and have been looking for a YA series that captures my interest for a long time. I’ve finally found it. Elizabeth’s Legacy is a wonderful tale involving magic, elves, a magical institute (that’s nothing like Hogwarts), missing parents, and a dragonway.
Intrigued? I was from when I read the blurb. I one-clicked the audiobook and was hooked from the beginning. The story is mostly in the present time about Ben Greenwood and his search for his parents who disappeared 2 years ago, but there are also peeks into the very beginning of the institute with Queen Elizabeth and a certain Michael James Greenwood, Ben’s ancestor.
In their hunt for his parents, Ben and his best friend Charlie are launched into a world neither knew existed. Loved the rollercoaster of a lift and the goblin and the dragonway, not to mention the spellswords.
Loved Kenny’s narration, though I’ll admit for quite some time I thought he was saying ‘spellsort’ instead of ‘spellsword’. It was only as they kept bringing up swords that I finally caught on. His voices are clear for the most part. It was only once or twice that I wasn’t sure who was speaking.
I highly suggest Elizabeth’s Legacy. And am moving on to the next in the series – The Shadowseeker – which just came out on audio two days ago. There are three more books in ebook format and one more to be released this year (hopefully). I hope the other ebooks in the series come out in audible format soon.
Story Rating: 5 stars
Narration Rating: 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5 stars