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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
Rise Of The Legacy: A Valhalla Legacy novel by Raquelle Stepney starts with Sasha attending The Valhalla Preparatory School for exceptional warriors. A woman called Elian came to Sasha's house once a year until her fourteenth birthday. Sasha wasn't sure if Elian was really a woman because she had wings and wielded a gold and silver Excalibur-like sword. After Sasha's fourteenth birthday (and Elian stopped visiting), the invitation to the Valhalla Preparatory School came and Sasha prepared for the transition to her new school. But this is no ordinary school. Teachers can read thoughts, and Sasha wasn't prepared for any of the strangeness of her new school. She just wants to hang out with some of her new friends, Yvonne, Yasmine and Jane. But Yvonne can float a car in the air and use a Magickal GPS to locate the nearest portal. The girls hangout at Hypnotique, a club for paranormal teens.
This story reminded me of a really cool girls' version of Hogwarts. This was a kind of darker school with a lot of secrets that I couldn't wait to discover, along with Sasha who seemed just as confused about her fate and future as I was. I liked learning about the school and the magic that was at hand as Sasha did, and I liked how the story was shrouded in mystery. Nothing was straightforward or as it seemed, which kept the tension high and kept me wanting to flip the pages to find out what happened next.