A Cold Legacy

A Cold Legacy

by Megan Shepherd


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With inspiration from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein—and perfect for fans of Libba Bray—this breathless conclusion to the Madman's Daughter trilogy explores the things we'll sacrifice to save those we love…even our own humanity.

After killing the men who tried to steal her father's research, Juliet and her friends have 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062128096
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Series: Madman's Daughter Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 379,260
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The travel bug took her from London to Timbuktu and many places in between, though she ended up back in North Carolina with her husband, two cats, and a scruffy dog, and she wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. She is the author of the Madman’s Daughter and Cage trilogies. Visit her online at www.meganshepherd.com.

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A Cold Legacy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
The Cold Legacy is the third and final book in The Madman's Daughter Trilogy by Megan Shepherd. There's a whole lot that happens withing this book, at the same time, there is a lot of down time. I found it hard to stay focused at times. We get to meet some of Dr. Frankenstein's descendants this time around. Needless to say, they are an interesting bunch. All the loose ends were wrapped up nicely. All my questions were answered for the most part. There is still a little something with what ended up being a love square that I'd like to question. I'm not sure how I feel about the ending overall. There were certain things that needed to happen, but there were others that... I don't know. I'm still on the fence. Unfortunately, I can't say much more without revealing spoilers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im so happy i took the journey with Juliet and all the other heartwarming and bitter-sweet characters the author wrote into being, beginning with"The Madmans Daughter", all the way into the very last. A very satisfying, happy ending, with countless twists and turns throughout. I promise not to spoil it for any future readers, but if you're like me when you come to a point in the story that can go either way, and you simply cant stand not knowing if a tragic outcome is ahead-and tend to flip ahead in order to catch a glimpse of whats around the next bend-then allow me to save you from such worries and wasted time.....Everything works out in the end and in no way does it become a"last man standing"type of ending. There is some sadness, but even that comes across as a necessary means to an end and without it, the book would have lost the delicate tether it had to reality. So read the first two books already, and do so knowing that all three are wonderful in their own way, and that the last is almost as good as the first-which is very hard to find in a series of any kind.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Been a while when a book makes it hard to decide what rating to give it. Doesn't happen often. But with this series, I can see why. Throughout, I was thinking 4 stars? 4.5 stars? Or 5 stars? And well, I love this trilogy. So yeah, 5 stars it is. So, is this one of the many sequels I been taking a break from continuing where I left off at and finally get back to it? Pretty much yeah. Also that cover. What I like about this and the other books is not only the story, the pacing and the really well done writing style, but its the characters. And the character development that they get. And a love triangle that I don't mind and actually like. More so because while its there, it doesn't take over the plot but at the same time it helps. A good end to the trilogy, I wasn't sure what I was expecting, so its nice that I knew nothing. While reading, I was like, ohhh and uh oh and wait what and oh book are you kidding me? Looking forward to more books, series from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so difficult to read & I am extremely disappointed with it. I enjoyed the other two. I just can't finish this one, which says a lot because usually it's really hard for me to put down a book without finishing it. Usually I'll keep going no matter how much I hate a book just in case. There's always a small chance it may redeem itself. I have no hope for this one. There were so many times where I thought "what?! Why?!" Juliet, who I really enjoyed in the other books, turned into a reckless jerk. She didn't just make bad decisions & act like a child at times, she went behind the backs of people who risked everything to take care of her, lied to them, kept secrets from them. I just can't anymore. I give up. I'm not wasting anymore of my precious reading time trying to force my way though this book. So sad.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Ever since reading the first novel in author Meghan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter trilogy I have been in love with the eerie feeling that the novels gave off. The Madman’s Daughter was enough to have me hooked. With each novel borrowing characters and plot details from other novels like Frankenstein and The Island of Doctor Moreau. This series really does have everything: danger, romance, sci-fi. I’ve been eagerly anticipating the final novel in the trilogy and after having finished it I can say that this was an ending that I didn’t at all imagine for the trilogy. A Cold Legacy takes place exactly where Her Dark Curiosity left off. Edward is on his death bed and Juliet along with the handful of people closest to her have escaped to the manor of one Elizabeth Von Stein. What first seems like a safe haven for Juliet and her companion quickly proves otherwise. There are corpses in the manor and a dark secret that Elizabeth has been keeping for far too long. The servants in the Von Stein mansion aren’t at all what they seem either. Jealousy and envy are closer to one’s heart than Juliet can even begin to know. When Elizabeth reveals her secrets to Juliet and Edward’s ailment begins to test his mortality it is made evident that things will never be the same again. Especially when Juliet learns just what secret Montgomery has been keeping from her about her father. I have to admit that in comparison to the novels that came before it, A Cold Legacy wasn’t at all what I expected it to be. I imagined that it was going to be a novel with nothing but excitement and action and mystery around every corner. The Madman’s Daughter was a novel that was nothing but fast-pacing and mystery. I was surprised to find that A Cold Legacy wasn’t as easy to breeze through as the other novels. The pacing felt awkward and a lot of the time something totally jaw-dropping would happen and then nothing but filler would follow afterward. Even the potential action from Elizabeth’s secret and Edward’s fate were dulled down because of this inconsistent pacing. The character development in A Cold Legacy definitely shows in comparison to the first novel. Juliet is willing to do whatever it takes to finish a task. I don’t entirely believe that the development of certain characters was for the better. Especially for some characters who changed in a way that felt more like regression. A couple of characters seem to lose their innocence but no in a way that is beneficial to them or the plot. I was hoping that the characters who we have grown attached to in the novel would come out of the story with their beliefs intact. I did like finally uncovering the truth behind Juliet’s father. That was a plot twist that I never saw coming and made me question a lot about the series. This was definitely a plot twist that readers who have gone through the past two novels will definitely enjoy this new discovery. With the series having finally reached its conclusion I have to say that I will miss Juliet and her twisted father’s science and hope to come back to the books sometime in the future. I would recommend the Madman’s Daughter trilogy to readers who are fans of science fiction. Any readers who are big fans of dark re-tellings or just want a novel with an overall dark feel should also definitely give these books a read. Readers who like love-triangles, nineteenth century London, and mystery will also enjoy these books.
Erica_Lynn More than 1 year ago
This is a great ending to a great trilogy. Definitely a must read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book series is AMAZING! definitely recommend! A Cold Legacy has to be my favorite book in the series, Megan Shepherd is one of my new favorite authors!
SpeedSD More than 1 year ago
GREAT END TO THE SERIES! Sorry to see it end, but WOW! What an ending! Shepherd has taken three classics (Dr. Moreau, Jekyll and Hyde, and Frankenstein) and woven together a fantastic story that I am sorry has come to a close. This series had a wonderfully dark feel to it. If you have not read the other two in the series, PLEASE DO NOT START HERE! Start with The Madman's Daughter. If you are a fan of this genre, I promise you will not be disappointed with what Ms. Shepherd has done here. For those that have read the other two, be prepared to shed a tear or two in this one. For parents, I would recommend this for anyone 15-16 and up. There was a little talk of sex, but nothing graphic and not dwelled upon. I think the topic of these tales and the themes covered are not for the pre-teen. Otherwise, Please pick this series up and give it a chance. Amazing piece of work. Thanx Ms. Shepherd for another sleepless night. Could not put this one down and was sorry to see it end! Cannot wait for The Cage!!! -- SPeeD
AvidReader96 More than 1 year ago
Such an amazing end to a gorgeously haunting trilogy. I loved where Megan Shepherd took Juliet as a character, and all the extra little details like the creepy manor and secondary characters were fantastic. A Cold Legacy was a well-rounded and dynamic trilogy ender, and my only complaint is that I wish it had been longer!
--Kt-- More than 1 year ago
The Madman's Daughter Series was great; a good page turner and a fun and unique story line that has not been told before. Megan Shepherd has a very interesting writing style that I fell in love with. I would definitely recommend this series to pretty much everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Cold Legacy By Megan Shepherd is a very interesting book in the Madman's Daughter series because it had it's good scenes and its awesome scenes.I especially love the theme in which we chose our future,not other people.To my opinion this whole series was a miracle that got me interested more and more and gave me more imagination.I have read this book and I shall say I can not wait for another book written by Megan Shepherd.
Reading-is-My-Treasure More than 1 year ago
A Cold Legacy was a decent conclusion, but it was the weakest installment of The Madman's Daughter series for me. It was missing . . . something. I wasn't nearly as drawn in by this book as the previous two. I didn't feel connected to the story or very interested in what was happening. It was like that certain special aspect of of the series wasn't there anymore. However, I still loved teh characters and the themes. I was impressed by Lucy because she seemed to grow and take on a much more important role. As for the themes, I loved the one of deciding your own fate. It helped make the ending a satisfying one. Overall, I was a little let down by A Cold Legacy because it just didn't interest me as much as the rest of the series did. Nevertheless, I still liked certain elements that I liked in the first two books. Also, I was happy with how the entire story was concluded. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Sad, oh so sad, that this series is over as oh, how I will miss thee. It was a bittersweet conclusion to this trilogy which begins with a mysterious setting, a romance that was a thin as a thread which surprised me each step of the way and characters that were each unique that added to an breathtaking adventure. Juliet is coping with her past; she is conflicted as she feels she must choose between following in her father’s footsteps or her mothers. She needs to clean up her past before she can move forward but her past is not pleasant. Juliet must grow up and accept responsibility and as a reader, we see this transformation in this series and like reality, it’s an adjustment she has to face. As the group makes their way to the Ballentyne Manor, they thought life would finally calm down but little did they know what they walked into when they accepted the invitation to stay. The group discovers many secrets with the walls of the Manor and there are layers and layers of issues that are being discovered. What a sensational trilogy, I really loved it! I would give it more than 5 stars, if I could.
Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS  I loved The Madman's Daughter! Her Dark Curiosity was a bit of a letdown, but this book most certainly wasn't! On the run, Juliet, Montgomery, Lucy, Edward (who is deathly ill), and Balthazar, make it to a very remote Scottish home (thanks to Elizabeth von Stein). But both the home and Elizabeth's family have secrets. Shown by the secret passages, the servants with non-matching appendages, and a creepy little boy. When Juliet finds out about the experiments going on in the house, she has to fight whether she wants to continue into her father's footsteps. What I really like about this series is how each book is a retelling of classic gothic literature, yet all of the books are connected and have the same characters! And I am still able to see how it connects to the original story!  Juliet is such a complex character and she goes through so much character growth throughout this series. I had issues with her in the first two book, mostly due to the romance, and she still has her flaws, but I actually liked how this book addressed those flaws. In this book, she struggles with the fact that she actually liked killing those men in the last book. She also struggles with the idea that she might be becoming her father, by doing these experiments and playing god. She learns so much throughout this series and especially in this book! It makes me so sad how she has to learn, but I am so proud of how strong she has become. There is romance in this book and it really takes a backseat in this book. I am quite happy about the romance in this book! There is no more love triangle (as Edward is dying and Juliet is now engaged to Montgomery), so there is no more annoying back and forth between men! Doesn't mean everything is all happy and dandy. Juliet and Montgomery do have to work things out in this book and it is very heartbreaking seeing them fight at all, but it is all part of Juliet discovering herself and I am satisfied with the ending. IN CONCLUSION  I adore this series and I am sad to see it go! This book was dark, like the others, but it was even more tragic. Really, if you want to read an amazing gothic retelling series, this is the series to pick up! Now I am highly anticipating Megan Shepherd's next book, The Cage!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My most favorite series, truly a great book. I felt almost like I was there with the characters. A great way to end the series. Lost of tension and adventure/action and interesting details that keeps interest. Great job, Megan!
chibaba More than 1 year ago
Personally my favorite book was the first book but maybe it was because I wasn't sure what I was expecting. Well anyway the final book did a great job of wrapping everything up. No spoilers right. Well I was satisfied with the ending, not to mention after finishing the book I had a dream in which the Beast was present. Haha overall the series was great and a good break from all the dystopian (is that spelled right?) trilogies. Or maybe just my preference for physiological thrillers and mysteries. Great job Megan Shepherd continue on! I would totally recommend this series to my friends.
Starchild11 More than 1 year ago
As this is the end of the trilogy I have to say this ending satisfied me. I still think the first book was the strongest and most interesting but this one did a good job of wrapping up the story. This one was better than the second book though because there wasn't all the love triangle drama of the first two, the way the second book almost entirely focused on the love triangle.Sad this series is over now though, it's become one of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A COLD LEGACY was amazing! I thought that the ending was just very fitting, and that all the characters were very well thought-out with a lot of depth.  Best book I've read all year!
daniellep016 More than 1 year ago
Love the series!! very unique, i would definitely recommend the book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this trilogy. Not predictable and very entertaining.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous!!!! Best book ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A COLD LEGACY is a fitting finale to an entrancing debut series. Throughout the book, Juliet struggles with her very nature. Is she a madwoman, fated to become just like her father, a cruel and crazy scientist fueled by a dark curiosity? Or does she take after her caring, calm, and kind mother, with a penchant for generosity? In the end, Juliet realizes that fate is not in control of her life, and that she must make her own path in the world, but it is quite the challenge to get there. As for the romance aspect of the series, Juliet is no longer torn between Edward, and his inner Beast, and Montgomery, the boy-now-a-man who has known her all her life. She has committed herself to Montgomery, and it is a bit unsettling to see Juliet to steadfastly dedicated to their relationship. Juliet has always been fiercely protective of both Montgomery and Edward, but now with her emotions strictly set on Montgomery it feels as if she is stifled and not quite herself. This is another aspect of herself that Juliet has to come to terms with, along with the fact that she isn’t quite sure if Montgomery sees her as taking after her mad father or kind mother. It’s true, and it’s honestly something that I really like about Juliet. She is strongly herself, and she is particularly honest about her own ruthlessness, her interest in science and medicine, and her itch to be experimenting in order to answer her own curiosities. Juliet knows what she wants, and while at times she is afraid of what she wants, she always ends up going after it without remorse. Juliet knows what she is missing from life. She knows how much better life would be if she could truly be herself and get her way. She struggles with accepting that about herself, and I recognize that struggle in myself, as I’m sure many other readers do, too. I was so pleased that the Beast returned. The Beast is a dark, monstrous personality hidden in the recesses of Edward’s brain. Edward poisoned himself with arsenic in an attempt to kill the Beast at the end of the second book. I was hoping so much that the Beast inside Edward would return in the final book of the series, and of course he did. Oh, it gives me chills just thinking about it.A COLD LEGACY is a perfect end to a dark, thrilling series. There are countless twists and turns that will keep you reading, many secrets revealed that you will not see coming. If you’re a fan of the series I highly recommend getting your hands on the final book as soon as possible. If you haven’t read the series I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a dark historical romance to keep you up at night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why would I buy this Amazon has it for $9.78.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd Book Three of The Madman's Daughter series Publisher: Balzer + Bray Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Rating: 3 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher ***THERE MAY BE SPOILERS, IF YOU HAVE NOT READ BOTH THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER AND HER DARK CURIOSITY*** Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Well, I have read and finished this entire series, in 2014! 2014 was a good year for me, in terms of finishing series (although, this series technically doesn't end until 2015. But, whatever). All three books in this series received the same starred rating for me - three stars across the three novels. I think if I had to pick a favorite, it would probably be this one, but they all got three stars.  Juliet, Lucy, Montgomery, Balthazar, and a dying Edward are fleeing from London in the beginning of the novel. They are heading for Ballentyne - Elizabeth's home. When they reach, they are greeted by a very mysterious staff who seem to have odd secrets of their own. As it would turn out, Elizabeth has been doing scientific experiments of her own. Juliet must chose if she wants to follow her father's path, or have a safe life with Montgomery at Ballentyne. This book continues the story of Juliet figuring out who she is and what her limits are. Honestly, I liked this and didn't like it. I liked how much attention Shepherd gave this internal conflict, but then, I'm not always Juliet's biggest fan, so I didn't care for the struggle sometimes. The story also focuses a lot on the experiments - hence, Juliet's internal struggle. She wants to be like her father, she doesn't want to be like her father, she doesn't want to be a "monster"... A lot happens in this book. See my comments in the next section about this. The plot in the story of this book is kind of weird, and I didn't really like it. Something I did like was the romance. (Spoiler if you haven't read books one and two). FINALLY, just Juliet and Montgomery. They got engaged at the end of book two, if you didn't remember. I'm so sick of love triangles, and book one really that love triangle going. A lot of my dislike towards Juliet comes from her decision-making when it comes to the romance, especially in book one. But in this book? It seems so obvious that she would choose Montgomery - of course she would! I won't say anything about the ending of this book, but I will say that I'm glad that Juliet and Montgomery had the chance to spend time together in this book (finally), without having to worry about Juliet and Edward/"the Beast". The setting in each book was different, and in this book, it was Ballentyne. I liked this setting the best of the three. I feel the castle was a good place for everything to come to a standstill, for Juliet to make a decision about practicing the unnatural science. I liked how the setting lent itself to the story of this particular book in the series. Overall, this novel did a decent job of wrapping up things, bringing the series to a close. The final stand was pretty dramatic, and I could buy the resolution. I'm not entirely sure about some things in the long run, but eh, I'm not so invested in the series that I care THAT much. What I Did Not Like: This book should be split into several parts, because honestly, sometimes the story felt disconnected and closed. Juliet and crew arrive at Ballentyne. The conflict is no longer about those pursuing them in London, but about what is going on in the Von Stein house. Unnatural things are definitely happening there. Readers are introduced to a slew of new characters, all of whom play very important roles in this book's story. The something huge happens, affecting Juliet, Montgomery, Lucy, etc. This feels like a new conflict has begun (closing the door on the strangeness going on in the house). Then this conflict is kind of put to bed when Juliet and Montgomery decide to get married at the estate. Then this conflict comes back. Then the conflict of the strangeness of the house comes back. Then the conflict of the people chasing Juliet from London comes back. So, in the end, all of the conflicts are taken care of, but it feels like everything is done separately and neatly, instead of connected. So I hated how the love triangle was forced into The Madman's Daughter. I hated how Juliet felt so insecure about her feelings towards Montgomery and (supposedly) his feelings towards her in Her Dark Curiosity. In this book, I didn't like Juliet because she is SO STUPID. Oh my gosh, it's like she doesn't have two brain cells to run together. She makes dumb decisions, she goes behind Montgomery's back to do experiments, she lies to him, she throws things in his face (what a b****)... she is basically a terrible person. You can see her thought process behind some of her decisions, and you'll be like, what?! How in the world does she come up with some of the rationalizations?! I can't say anything specific, but gosh, she's stupid.  Lucy, too. It's like all of the females are idiotic in this book. Lucy is such a shallow girl - all she cares about is Edward Edward Edward, and not, like, the greater good. Edward is a CREATION, with a "Beast" as second nature. Think of everyone else before you think of your (potentially broken) heart? She's so incredibly selfish. There were a lot of things that bothered me in this book, and most of them had to do with Juliet.  Would I Recommend It: Honestly, I kind of enjoyed this series, but I can't say that I recommend the series. It isn't worth the time if you don't have copies of all three books, or if you weren't actively planning on reading the books. On the other hand, if you've read books one and two, definitely read book three. If you've read book one, meh, you're not missing out. Rating: 2.5 stars -> rounded up to 3 stars. Maybe I'm feeling generous. I liked the book as I was reading it, but looking back, it wasn't all that great. It was okay. Juliet and I weren't friends.