Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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
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.
LEGACY 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.
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.