Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman [ARC REVIEW]

TITLE: Legacy of Kings
(Blood of Gods and Royals #1)

AUTHOR: Eleanor Herman
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen
PUB DATE: Aug 18 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.

Source: Goodreads

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“Because sometimes it doesn’t help to chase after the thing you want. No. Sometimes you have to wait, however long it takes, until what you want most comes to you.”

I have always been a fan of retellings, especially when it comes to fairy tales. The more creative, the better. But rarely do I come across a retelling of Alexander the Great. Who would be crazy enough to give a spin to one of the most successful military commanders told in all of history? I’ll tell you who. Eleanor Herman! And boy, did she give it one hell of a spin!

It’s amazing how one simple thought can create a profound story.

Legacy of Kings is told in the eyes of multiple characters. While it’s easy to recognize characters such as Alexander and Kat, others were a bit confusing for me. Names were never my strongest suit. It may have been a while since I read this book and have only now recently wrote a review about it, but if there was a list of the characters where they belong, and who they are, I’d probably be going back and forth through it while reading.
What I really admire in this book [and in most High Fantasy books] is the idea that the main characters aren’t always necessarily the good guys. Some of them are your villains. And I relish in reading both sinister plots and the fight for the good of the world. Every reader has his or her villainous side so I enjoyed seeing through an antagonist’s mind. I also love the idea that even though they are seen as the antiheroes, they are not devoid of emotions.

Legacy of Kings is a slow-burning read. I admit that I thought it was boring during the first half but, as most books that deal with history and mythology that are similar to this, you have to be patient enough to see it through the end. I like the intriguing mystery of the characters' lives. It was the most I enjoyed in this book. The timeline of events may be a little confusing but not a hindrance to the book's entertainment factor.



*Thank you, Harlequin Teen and NetGalley for granting my request to view an advance copy of Legacy of Kings.

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