Legacy of Kings
by Eleanor Herman
published on August 18th 2015 by Harlequin Teen
fantasy | historical fiction | romance | 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.
If there is one thing that everyone should know about me, and never, ever forget, is that I live and breathe fantasy books. It is hands-down the best genre; I have never enjoyed another genre as much as I enjoy fantasy. Even though nothing can top fantasy (for me), I also love historical fiction.
Picture this: a 5’1 teenage girl in a fetal position with an ebook in her hands, not moving for five hours straight – even when she has to pee, or worse, eat – until she finally finishes the ebook. You, my friend, just pictured me while reading Legacy of Kings.
We’ve all heard about Alexander the Great at least one time in our life. Maybe you don’t remember the specifics from history class (because let’s face it, nobody listens in history class), but that’s ok! All we’ve ever really needed to know about Alexander the Great is already in his name: the guy was pretty great. And in this book, he was epic.
Physically imperfect and perceived by everyone to be an incapable child, we follow 16 year old Alexander in his struggle to fulfill, what he believes, is a fate of greatness. Alexander’s path crosses with Kat, a peasant yet witty girl who’s sole purpose in life is to kill Queen Olympias, Alexander’s mother. To be honest, almost every single character wanted to kill another character. Kat wants to kill Alex’s mother, Alex’s mother wants to kill Kat, Alex’s sister wants to kill Alex, Alex’s best friend wants to kill everyone that wants to kill Alex, and so on. The only person who probably didn’t want to kill anyone was Alex himself. Each character’s bloodthirst was enjoyable to read about, so I managed to overlook the fact that there were seven P.O.V.’s, one of them being completely useless (but I’m guessing vital to the second book).
The male characters were all brave and courageous and I sat there thinking, good for them. The female characters, however, were freaking badass. Four of them were in battle and were responsible for tipping the scale in favor of Macedon. These girls, although being told they weren’t men and therefore had different roles and responsibilities, didn’t accept the nonsense and did things their way. It’s a bit ironic that the female characters were actually the ones who hoped for more blood than the male characters did. Each character was unique, most were a little bit nuts, but all were great to read about.
The book had a slow start, and because there were so many P.O.V.’s, the characters were at first hard to keep up with. Once things started to pick up, however, there was nothing I had rather done than read (as you can probably tell by the fact that I put off peeing to finish). There were also overwhelming amounts of information, but considering the author is a historian writing about ancient civilizations, it was fascinating and enjoyable to take it all in. She obviously researched her topics intensely, and that is truly refreshing, because there is nothing that bothers me more than when people write and talk about what they do not know.
Only a small amount of the book is focused on romance. Because, pft, who cares about romance when everyone’s trying to kill each other? Politics, war, mythology, deceit, and magic all dominate this book. It’s ancient Greece we’re talking about, so heck yeah!
Legacy of Kings sets great characterization, world building, and plot-development to be enriched with the second book and I cannot wait! If you’re like me and go weak in the knees whenever someone waves a fantasy book in your face (and maybe even historical fiction), this book is definitely for you. It’s fresh, engrossing, and packed with ancient drama.
The good news is, Legacy of Kings is out on August 18th. Go get it ASAP.
I’m Sara, a Colombian teenager with a never-ending enjoyment for reading. I’m a Netflix and Disney enthusiast and my monumental obsession is coffee.