About The Book:
Author: Eleanor Herman
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pub. date: August 25th 2015
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.
*review copy received from publisher at BEA in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t affect my opinion or review*
Legacy of Kings was a fantastic historical fantasy novel, complete with political intrigue, brilliant characters, and an epic plot that will keep you at the edge of your seat. It is set during the time of Alexander the Great, and I completely LOVED it.
I don’t know much about Alexander the Great and his rule, but I was still excited to read Legacy of Kings since it is set during his youth. My knowledge of this time period is minimal, but I thought it was very interesting that the characters were based on real people. This was even more true when I learned that the author is also a historian. I think I would possibly have enjoyed Legacy of Kings even more if I had more knowledge of this time period. There were a few instances where I struggled to remember all of the background information, but they were infrequent, and that’s really my only complaint.
I’m a huge fan of historical novels set in ancient civilizations, and I was even more excited for Legacy of Kings when I learned that there would be a magical twist. Legacy of Kings blew me away with its historical accuracy and attention to detail. Macedonia is a dangerous place, full of rivalries and assassins and politicians and forbidden secrets. I could easily imagine the world and the everyday lives of the characters.
Speaking of the characters, there are quite a few of them! This book is told from 6 different perspectives. I am not always a fan of this style, but the author executed it very well. I didn’t have any trouble differentiating between the voices of the characters. I think that this decision made this book feel more well-rounded, and complete. All of the characters have their own ambitions and goals, and sacrifices are certain.
My favorite characters were probably Alexander and Hephaestion, as well as Kat. There is a complicated relationship between the three of them that I really enjoyed, and I loved reading about how they grew and developed. I completely loved all of the scenes in their perspectives!
The other 3 characters were very interesting as well. I loved the way that the stories of these character intertwined and how their decisions impacted each other. All of the characters are flawed, some more than others, but I still liked reading about everything that happened to them.
Legacy of Kings is packed with action, treachery and danger. It was SO intense, and there was never a dull moment! I read this book in less than 24 hours (which surprised me for a novel that’s almost 400 pages) and I honestly could not put it down. I enjoyed the way that the author wove hints about the problem throughout the course of this novel and even when I thought that I had figured out what was going to happen, I was still surprised. I am sure that the next installment in the Blood of Gods and Royals series will be just as excellent.
Overall, Legacy of Kings is an epic read, and I highly recommend it. I loved the characters, the ceaseless action, and the detail that was put into researching and writing about this part of history. Seriously, why are you still here? You should definitely be pre-ordering this one.