Book Review: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Title – Author: Legacy of Kings – Eleanor Herman
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Series/Standalone: Series – Blood of Gods and Royals #1
Format – Source: e-ARC – Publisher via NetGalley

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. (via Goodreads)

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Legacy of Kings has a great hook: Alexander the Great before he was Great. He’s one of history’s most fascinating people (and one I don’t know much about though I’m pretty sure I watched that terrible Colin Farrell movie). Because this book is fiction, it really made me want to pick up a nonfiction biography of Alexander.

There are multiple POVs in this book, which is something that really worked for me here. You can tell the arc of this story is going to be vast; there are so many players, each with their own motivations and machinations. I liked getting into so many of their heads. This is a group of highly flawed individuals, and some of them make terrible choices, but you understand why everyone is doing what they’re doing.

This is clearly a first book in a series. The ending feels very open-ended. It’s like holding a bunch of strings in your hand. You know they’re going to weave together into something completely different at the end, but right now they’re only lightly tangled.
Screen Shot 2013-05-17 at 11.56.59 PMLegacy of Kings is a solid start to the series, with the promise that there’s so much more to come for this diverse cast of characters.