on August 25, 2015
Series: Blood of Gods and Royals #1
Genres: Fantasy, 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.
When Legacy of Kings first came up on my radar I was unbelievably excited about it. It had so many elements that I love in a fantasy novel, but to be completely honest I started having some hesitations about the book. I almost skipped it because I was worried about all the POVs. I’m not always a fan of many POVs and Legacy of Kings has quite a few, but thankfully I gave it a chance and fell quickly in love.
The book starts off with a lot of information all at once, like most fantasy novels. I never felt like the story was slow, but I did have to find my footing and get used to all the characters. It didn’t take long for me to be swept off and pretty addicted to the story.
I love that the story has fantastical and historical elements. I’m not very familiar with the Alexander the Great but I found him fascinating all the same. The other characters were very well done. I felt like I really got to know them over the course of the book. I felt pretty invested in Zofia’s story. I think I might be the most anxious to find out more about her. Kat was an easily likable character. You can’t help but pull for her. I’m not sure how I feel about Hep yet. He was a little unlikable, but he redeemed himself some at the end. I really enjoyed learning about all the characters. The different point of views ended up not being a problem at all. I’m so happy I didn’t let that stop me from reading it.
Legacy of Kings is just the start to a trilogy, thankfully. I’m thrilled that I get to spend more time in the well crafted world that Eleanor Herman has created. I feel like we’ve probably only scratched the surface of the story. I can’t wait to learn more about the mysterious magic and see how the characters get themselves out of the trouble they’re in.
Take this review a rec from me. It’s a fabulous new YA fantasy that needs to be on your TBR.