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Magnificent YA fantasy adventure story, with a romance at its heart, this book is a page-turner.

Magnificent YA fantasy adventure story, with a romance at its heart, this book is a page-turner.

This is a richly imagined fantasy adventure story, beautifully and forcefully written by NZ Post Award-winning Anna Mackenzie.

Risha is strong and outspoken, and at 16 has developed into a leader of men, a strategic thinker, and a woman — one can imagine — who will assume the legacy left by her mother.

The story begins with 13-year-old Risha living a simple life in the mountains with her father. When her father suddenly dies, Risha is left alone, an outcast of her village. Disguised as a boy, Risha leaves the village with a group of traders, on a quest to find out the truth about her mother and her heritage.

Here begins a grand sweeping adventure as Risha is caught up in dangerous pursuits, intrigue, trickery and betrayal. She is left for dead, confused by the actions of many, and is made to hide from those who wish her harm.

She finds out by chance that she is Cattra’s daughter. Who is Cattra — and why do so many wish Risha harm?


Cattra's Legacy is a spellbinding adventure story that I couldn't put down. When I did manage to tear myself away the main character, Risha, kept popping into my head. Mackenzie is a wonderful storyteller. She takes readers to another world with her descriptive prose and powerful story lines. There's friendship, war, betrayal and romance in this excellent read. Can't wait for part two.

Linda Hall, Wanganui Chronicle

Risha is an excellent character, authentic, creditably complex, always developing. She's determined and hesitant, dauntless and vulnerable ... You may not alway suspend disbelief but in a novel with so much momentum and inventiveness, that hardly seems to matter.

David Hill, New Zealand Books

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    April 5, 2013

    Longacre Child

    352 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

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  • EBook


    April 5, 2013

    Random House New Zealand

    357 pages

    Online retailers

    • Amazon Kindle NZ
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    • Kobo Ebook
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Awards and Recognition

  • Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction Award
    Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction

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