Review: ‘A Cold Legacy’ by Megan Shepherd

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘A Cold Legacy’ by Megan ShepherdThe Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Series: The Madman's Daughter #3
Published by Balzer + Bray on January 27th, 2015
Genres: Gothic, Historical, Horror, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: 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.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.

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Considering I read the first two books a while ago, and still remember the first book’s ending, I knew I had to put this book off for a bit. I just didn’t realize I would pick this book up almost a year later. Oops. I just didn’t want the trilogy to end. I found the parallels to the different books so well done. It made me want to go and find the original classics and read it myself since I haven’t read them yet. All I knew going into this was it would be a retelling of Frankenstein, and the same plot was there only told in Shepherd’s creative way.

I found myself again a little wary and scare of Juliet. Her thoughts were turning her into a mad scientist like her father. I knew that she wouldn’t go through with some of the things though. It was too much for her. Battling who she was? I liked that she had the revelation at the end and I was rooting for her to do so. I thought yet again about how adorable Balthazar is. Hensley was the creepy child of the story, and I could easily picture him lurking around in the passageways of the manor. Lucy was distraught and wasn’t thinking clearly at one point and I wanted to shake her..

I love that every single one of the characters had an ending or some sort of new journey and adventure to go on. What a great ending to the trilogy! I like the parallels to Frankenstein but again Megan Shepherd made it her own and that to me was the most impressive thing (other than her writing).


Just a spoiled girl with her pretty toys, who cares nothing for anything or anyone else.
I’d like to spend the rest of my life looking at you.
What’s wrong with the darkness? Without darkness, there is no light.
There is more than one way to lose you.
I’ve never had a choice, not really. It’s in my blood. I can’t fight who I am.
When you can never die, do you ever really live?

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  1. Tracy (@Cornerfolds)

    January 11, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    This is one of my absolute FAVORITE series!! A Cold Legacy wasn’t my favorite of the three, but it was still a fantastic ending! I’m glad you loved it 😀
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  2. Brittany @ Nice Girls Read Books

    January 11, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    It’s always tough when you know you’re about to finish off a trilogy! I haven’t heard of this series before, though, and the premise grabs my interest! I’m glad to see you enjoyed it 😀
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