Book Review: The Legacy of The Key (Ancient Guardians #1) by S.L. Morgan

AgSmashwordscoverTitle: The Legacy of The Key (Ancient Guardians #1)
Author: S.L. Morgan
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review during a book tour.

No matter where you are, facing your reality with passion and purpose will always lead down the path you were intended to go

Reece Bryant was able to pick up the pieces of her broken life after the sudden death of her father. Though emotionally draining, she found the courage to move on, which would have made her father proud. After finalizing the last of his estate, and returning to pursue her degree in medical school, she has never felt so confident.

While making her way through this world on her own, she is suddenly confronted with the truth of her existence, and the reality of her future. It is when she encounters two alluring and mysterious men, that a series of extraordinary events takes place, putting Reece’s life in grave danger. With her life in the balance, Reece must blindly trust the two mysterious strangers; and when she does, she is brought into an enchanting world that is beyond her logical comprehension.

This captivating land reveals new worlds and new dimensions to which her existence is paramount. But it is once she falls in love with the stunning Levi Oxley that everything will change, and Reece’s life will be in more danger than ever before.

Forced to return to Earth and face a Council of Worlds, Reece discovers there is more to this enchanting dimension than she could have ever imagined.

At a moment’s notice, even thru the fog of our denial, our journey can become crystal clear. And within the revelation, once our fear subsides, we can find contentment and purpose if we focus on the things that matter most. Trust—Courage—Love.

I’m usually not very fond of books where there’s some sort of “chosen one” who has special powers and can defeat the evil lurking in the shadows of the world/realm/planet/whatever. Reece, the main character in The Legacy of the Key, is the key to a map which leads to a powerful artifact, which instantly makes her a special little cupcake. However, I wasn’t too bothered with that this time around. Reece is a great heroine, a nice mix of courage and intelligence. She’s not overpowered – which is the usual problem with “chosen ones” but instead has to rely on those around her to help her out when needed.

The world building is nothing short of spectacular. I really enjoyed S.L. Morgan’s inventions like the Council of Worlds – does that sound awesome or what? – the alternate dimension Pemdas, the aliens, etcetera. This book is an eclectic mix of science-fiction and fantasy, and it makes a nice blend.

Levi was a great love interest. I loved him from the first moment he came into the picture, and he makes a great match for Reece. Their personalities really match with each other. More often that not, male love interests in young adult literature tend to be controlling or bossy (read ‘bad boy persona’) but Levi doesn’t suffer from that at all. He can be pretty stubborn, but it fits his heritage (he’s from nobility) and his personality.

This book was a great read, and an excellent debut. I can’t wait for S.L. Morgan’s next novel.


  1. Thank you for a wonderfully written review! I really enjoyed reading it!! I completely agree with you about the “Chosen ones” in novels. I love your opinions of the characters and I’m thankful that you took the time to read and review ‘The Legacy of the Key.’
    Thank you for a wonderful blog tour!!!

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