Review: A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd


Rating: ☆☆☆
Title: A Cold Legacy
Author: Megan Shepherd
Series: The Madman’s Daughter #3
Genre: Historical science fiction
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Lucy Rayner
Length: 12 hours
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: January 28, 2015
Source: Library (Libby app)
Recommended for fans of: Stalking Jack the Ripper, gothic lit


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.


This final installment in The Madman’s Daughter trilogy retells the gothic classic Frankenstein. This book has some pretty creepy characters and subject matter. It got off to a strong start with the revelation that Juliet is meant to be the heir to Victor Frankenstein’s reanimation research.

There’s not a lot I can say about the rest of the book while keeping my review spoiler-free. HOWEVER, I was not a huge fan of the direction this book took. I had major issues with some of the revelations and plot developments, and I thought the ending was overly dramatic. I still recommend this series overall, but just know that the conclusion may not completely satisfy you.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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