Spirit White’s story begins with pain and depression: her entire family has been killed in a car accident, and Spirit herself is seriously injured. When her health insurance runs out and Oakhurst Academy begins to pay her medical bills, Spirit learns that her simple-living hippie parents had set up a guardianship for her with the prestigious orphanage/private school. Once she is released from the hospital, she learns that Oakhurst is more than it seems, more even than the luxurious-but-strict boarding school it seems to be. When kids start to go missing, Spirit fears that the teachers may know more than they are admitting to the police, and she begins to fear that she may not survive long enough to graduate.
Legacies is the first book in the Shadow Grail series, so while the plot resolves itself, there are lots of unanswered questions. Spirit is a good character and you will wonder about all the other characters: their motives and relationships, and who Spirit can really trust. This book is a mystery, a book about loss and growing up without parents, fantasy, and a boarding school drama. Without giving too much away, I can tell you that Harry Potter & Percy Jackson fans will like this new series.