Format Read: Paperback
Published by Harlequin Teen on August 18th 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 a newcomer…
Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…
Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.
And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.
Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings 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 had so much going for it, but unfortunately it fell through. Set in the period before Alexander the Great came to power, it follows the lives of five different characters as their lives slowly begin to come together and intertwine. It was an intriguing blend of fantasy and history.
Katerina is setting out to kill the Queen who murdered her mother right before her eyes. Jacob is out to prove himself in order to win Kat’s heart. Alexander (the great) is the heir to the crown of Macedonia, but he finds he needs to prove himself worthy. Alex shields his best friend Hephaestian, a pawn in the difficult game of royal chess. And across the sea in Persia, Zofia is looking to change her destiny in order to be with the one she loves.
I was looking for a fantasy story that would send my heart pounding, and leave me on the edge of my seat. Unfortunately, what I read was filled with cliched storylines that dragged on with unnecessary drama.
I like different POVs, especially in fantasy. However, when you have four characters you don’t care about, and one that you mildly care about…well it doesn’t make for a very interesting read. While there was conflict, I found the outcome was too convenient, and the plot moved along as if it was scripted to a tee. I was hoping for a curveball to be thrown in just to change up the game, but that didn’t happen.
I understand that the author is a historian, which is why I can forgive her writing. I understand it’s probably hard to change from writing non-fiction, to developing character voices that bring them to life. There was a lot of bad narration throughout the book that made me cringe more than once — “He’s so sculpted” — it just didn’t read well, which attributed to the characters being a bit bland.
Overall, pretty disappointed with this book and I will not be continuing on with this series.