Series: Blood of Gods and Royals #1
Published by: Harlequin Teen on August 18, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Magic
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.
I may have exaggerated a little.
It’s not that none of my friends loved Legacy of Kings, but the vast majority gave it three stars or less, which to me ranges from “I didn’t like it” to “it was only okay”.
But I loved it!
When I finished the book and stared at my list of Goodreads friends’ reviews, I had a weird feeling. Was it excitement? Relief? Pride? Maybe more like, “Hah! I sure showed you guys!” It was weird. I was so happy that I loved this book when so many of my friends didn’t.
Anyway let’s talk about the book!
Things to know about Legacy of Kings (to help you decide if you’ll like it or not!).
Let me prefix this by saying there’s no way to know for sure if you’ll love a book or not. In fact, based on most of this list, I would have assumed I wouldn’t like Legacy of Kings. But I totally clicked with the book anyway based on some “vibe” I can’t quite put into words.
- There are loooots of points of view. Like six. Maybe more. There are at least two more than alluded to in the synopsis (names in bold).
- This is one of those books that tracks different people and different motivations over a long period of time. So it will require patience.
- There’s a big focus on secrets, lies, betrayals, and things like that. Again, all unravelling slowly.
I’d really compare Legacy of Kings to Game of Thrones in every way except writing style. I think George R. R. Martin and Eleanor Herman have very different ways of writing. But the overall format and ideas are very similar.
- Multiple points of view.
- Different kingdoms with different motivations all coming together.
- Lies, deceit, power struggles.
- A hint of magic (more in Legacy of Kings than Game of Thrones).
(What’s funny is that I hated the Game of Thrones books, but I think that largely came down to Martin’s writing style. I just couldn’t connect or feel anything for the characters. Some people are the opposite of this and love GoT but couldn’t connect with Legacy of Kings.)
The tough parts.
Legacy of Kings didn’t quite hit five stars for me. I’m hovering somewhere around 4 or 4.5. Here’s the main reason why:
The book could be overwhelming at times. I think it came down to the many different complex names/kingdoms/places, which was made even more complicated by the fact that there were 6+ points of view (spanning multiple kingdoms!). It was a lot to keep straight.
While I did struggle at times to remember who’s who and which kingdom they’re from and what their goal is, I think I came out at least roughly understanding everything. But I honestly might have missed some details just because it was hard to keep track of.
But those characters!
I love how my expectations about certain characters changed. I pretty much loved everyone—even the bad guys. But mostly I loved how some people I loved at first went down bath paths and vice versa. View Spoiler » [Dude. Jacob. I love what’s happening with him. « Hide Spoiler] Some people I didn’t like at first grew on me a little.
I really like where this story is going and I’ve already purchased the second book! I really wish the third one was out so I could binge read the series all at once. *sigh*