ARC Review: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

September 10, 2015 Review 26 ★★½

ARC Review: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
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Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 432
Release Date: August 18th 2015
Series: Blood of Gods and Royals #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Ancient Civilizations, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, General, Historical, Young Adult
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Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

aliseLEGACY OF KINGS is a book that promises a whole lot. It has huge plans, great plans, but they suffer from poor execution. I mean, how awesome does this sound:Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise. (…) Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series. Sign me up-immediately. Unfortunately, the actual book fell short of what was promised.

First, the characters. Talk about overload. I’m all about well-developed secondary characters but for me, this book tried to have too many well-developed primary characters, leading to poor connections with all of them. It felt a little unnecessary, especially when I thought Alex himself was fleshed out enough and had enough going on to carry the story himself.

That’s not to say I wasn’t interested in the other characters though, because they were intriguing, but as soon as you find yourself immersed in that one character, the POV would change and that character would be forgotten about until four POVs later when we would finally return to them and are supposed to remember what they were up to or what secrets they were keeping. It’s exhausting.

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The writing in LEGACY OF KINGS just has something inexplicably readable about it, it is descriptive and incredibly easy to fall into. When it came to the plot though, I thought there was a lot of filler and random plot events that did not directly contribute to the story, but seemed like a way to quickly give the characters a sad history or add drama.

This was also kind of a slow read for me. Not the bored kind of slow but the kind where you can read for awhile and still only realize you’ve read like fifty more pages. The last ten percent was epic, but getting there was a little bit of challenge at times.

If you like to slowly digest a book over time where you put it down for a few days or weeks, this might not be for you. Despite my issues, I am interested in the sequel because all the setup is intriguing, but I know I would be absolutely LOST when the time came, because I was lost just a day after putting it down. For fantasy in an ancient setting I recommend AN EMBER IN THE ASHES and for multiple POVs done well I recommend FALLING KINGDOMS.

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Overall: 2.3

26 Responses to “ARC Review: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman”

  1. Bec

    Nooo you rated yet another book I was excited for two stars! Whyyyyyy

    At least the writing kept you interested if nothing else did! The whole switching characters constantly thing is literally what reading Game of Thrones is like.

    • Alise

      I feel like this happens a lot xD I hold my fantasy books pretty high though, you might still like this one!

      I’m worried about that. But at least there you have a longer time to really get to know each character and their backstories.

    • Alise

      Yeah, this isn’t one you can blow through, I struggled keeping with it sometimes, which wasn’t a good thing since it’s hard to remember all the plotlines. It was, the last bit was definitely action packed!

  2. Sara L.

    Hmmmm. This book was on my TBR list, but you’re the second review I’ve read for it – and the second one who thought it was meh, and for similar reasons. :/ It’s too bad that it didn’t live up to your expectations.
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  3. Wattle

    I bought this the other day, thinking ‘gosh this sounds AMAZING’ and now I’m side-eyeing it suspiciously lol I will read it, of course, but I’m so sad you didn’t think it was awesome :( it sounds so promising too.

    On the plus side, now my expectations have been brought down a few notches, I might like it more than I think I will :P

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts Alise!
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  4. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Awww, I’m sorry that this one fell short for you Alise! Especially with how awesome the premise makes it out to be D: Sometimes, multiple POVs really are a pain, it makes it hard to remember what the hell is going on with everybody! I feel like certain authors shine at pulling it off, but others don’t quite manage it. I’m still going to check this one out, because I’ve read some good reviews for it too, but I’m not in any rush – I want to check out An Ember in the Ashes first anyway :)
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    • Alise

      No worries! This one did seem to have a lot going for it, but the execution did not impress me. Exactly! Let me know what you think if you get around to this one :)

  5. Ju @ Fictional Skylines

    “as soon as you find yourself immersed in that one character, the POV would change” I hated that so much when it happened in the asoiaf series because it ruins all the excitement you build up in one pov :/ It’s sad to hear everywhere that the plot of this story wasn’t developed! D: I was looking forward to this so much nooo. Your review convinced me to skip out on this for now but if the sequel blows everyone’s socks off, I’ll be ready to come back to it…
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    • Alise

      I haven’t read ASOIAF yet but I can imagine it would be pretty much the same thing. Although since that is a series I feel like you would have at least gotten to know and connected to the characters a bit more? I know what you mean, I feel the same with a lot of series.

  6. Vane J.

    This is the second negative review I read about this book. Both of you mentioned the poor execution and character development. It’s sad because of the concept. I mean, whi cannot be intrigued by that?!?! Instead of reading this, I think I’m gonna look for Falling Kingdoms. Suprisingly, I’ve never heard of that, but if you say it’s good, then it’s good. :)
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    • Alise

      I KNOW, it promises so many awesome things! Falling Kingdoms isn’t for anyone, but I am really impressed with how the series is progressing and it does multiple POVs much better than this, in my opinion.

  7. Faye la Patata

    Gah! I tried reading this one not too long ago and just couldn’t get into it for some reason. I think it’s because the lack of substantial and meaningful emotional connection with the characters? Like you said, because there were so many POVs, it just didn’t establish it well enough. My co-blogger didn’t like this one at all for the same reasons and more, so quite unsure if I want to continue…
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    • Alise

      Definitely a possibility-I read the whole thing and still missed out on that essential connection to any of the characters. Oh really? I’m a little glad I’m not alone :P

  8. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    I don’t think I’ve actually found someone who has loved this book, haha. I agree with you about Alex. I think he definitely could have carried the book by himself, and then all of the other characters and their motives would have remained mysterious, which I think could have actually added to the story.

    I know what you mean about the readability of this book. I fell into it SO easily, even if I’d read for an hour and only get through, like, ten pages XD

    There was A LOT going on in this book, and I have a feeling that by the time the second one comes around, I will have likely forgotten a lot of it, but I am still keen. If only to see if the author writes Alex and Heph in a relationship, because HEY HISTORICAL ACCURACY AND DIVERSITY.

    Lovely review, dear ^.^
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    • Alise

      Exactly! While I did like seeing all the character’s backstories there were just so many, and since each of them have their own secrets and plans it got overwhelming so easy.

      THISSSSSS. That’s exactly how I felt too.

      Same here, I’d love to see how it all goes down but with my terrible memory and with how much happened, I’m definitely going to hope for a Recaptains recap on this one xD

      Thank you :3

  9. Romi

    Aah! Noo! I’ve read only pretty negative reviews for this, Alise, and it sounds like everyone had such high hopes for it, which makes the fall so much more disappointing. I hadn’t actually heard of this until recently, but didn’t think it sounded like my kind of read- the amount of POVs to follow seemed far too overwhelming for me, and the subject matter isn’t something of immediate interest to me. I’m glad I wasn’t super hyped up for it, seeing how much readers are disliking it, overall.

    Lovely review. xx
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    • Alise

      Yeah, it just promises so much. There are some great elements at play, but I think they get bogged down by all the negatives. I know what you mean, I was really excited and it didn’t deliver.

      Thank you!

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