26 January 2015

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd
Series: The Madman's Daughter #3
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 27th 2015
Source: Balzer + Bray [Edelweiss]

After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

I've been looking forward to getting around to A Cold Legacy for quite a while. I loved The Madman's Daughter, I didn't enjoyed Her Dark Curiosity as much, but I was super excited for A Cold Legacy because it involves the story of Frankenstein! 

A Cold Legacy picks up just after Her Dark Curiosity. Juliet and her friends are fleeing to Scotland after what happened in London. The police are after her and her friends, but they're heading for Elizabeth's estate where they'll be safe. But although the manor comes across as safe, Juliet fears that there's more to the manor than Elizabeth has let on.

I loved the storyline of A Cold Legacy. Elizabeth's estate was extremely creepy and I adored finding out all of the secrets and mysteries surrounding it. I also love the science aspect of this series, and learning all about the story of Frankenstein from Elizabeth and seeing her using his formulas was fascinating. There were also quite a few twists I didn't expect, especially the one involving the fortune teller - massive surprise! I was extremely intrigued by all of the new characters introduced at Elizabeth's estate - like Hensely and McKenna. I adored finding out more about them and their relationship with Elizabeth.

Juliet continued to annoy me. She hasn't grown or changed one bit. She's so focused on blaming her attracting to creepy science on her father's blood running through her veins. She's convinced there's no way to change how she feels. She's extremely naive and I wanted to shake some sense into her so many times.

I've always been a huge Montgomery fan so I was extremely happy with the storyline surrounding him and Juliet in this one. But Montgomery has been hiding some things from Juliet that cause a few problems between the two of them.

The ending was pretty explosive. I adored seeing all of Elizabeth's girls backing Juliet and seeing everyone working together to protect each other. There was a part of the ending that made me a bit sad, it was something completely unexpected. But as a whole, I was pretty happy with how A Cold Legacy ended.

Overall, I enjoyed A Cold Legacy. It was creepy, full of mystery and intriguing new characters. It didn't come close to beating The Madman's Daughter - which will always be my favourite - but it was still a solid ending to the series. 


  1. I'm glad to hear that this one was a solid ending for the series and that you managed to enjoy it quite enough!
    I love the idea of it being gothic and creepy, and I hope I'll get to read Her Dark Curiosity and A Cold Legacy at some point this year!

    1. It was definitely a brilliant ending to the series. Her Dark Curiosity is alright, it's probably my least favourite because of some of Juliet's decisions, but it's still a great series.

  2. It seems like we had the same thoughts about this book. I liked the creepy setting, the Frankenstein aspect was awesome and Juliet was still a little annoying. The ending was great and I like that the story was wrapped up this way :)

    1. That's what I loved about it too! I'm so glad it was better than HDC.