Wednesday, 12 August 2015

ARC Review: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals #1)
Behind 384 Pages
Released: 24 August 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
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At the Other End:
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 fiancĂ©e, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

New York Times best-seller Eleanor Herman brings her skills as a historian to an exciting new Young Adult series on Alexander the Great at sixteen, the four-book Legacy of Kings: Blood of Gods and Royals.

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Intriguing and magical, Legacy of Kings was a complete surprise which made it all the more better.

I was surprised by this book. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it turned out to be. I’m not sure why exactly I thought that, but anyway… Although it is a historical book, it did have a fantasy element to it as well with magic being a real main focus.

I didn’t expect so many POVs and it did get a little bit confusing, especially trying to remember what was happening with all the other characters. Some of the characters kind of blended together and didn’t have very distinct voices, but then others really stood out. In a way, they are all necessary to really get into the story as much as you did, but some of them did kind of seem pointless. There were times when it would go between characters, and time would flow like normal and you would just be there wondering what the other characters are doing. It’s like you’re floating between characters and missing some of the middle bits. I can see why third person was used, especially with so many POV’s, but at the same time it did make me feel detached from certain characters.

It was kind of predictable, I guessed most of what would happen between Kat & Alex and Heph & Cyn and Olympia. It wasn’t a very obvious predictability that spoiled the book or anything, but when it was revealed it did confirm everything that was predicted.

I really liked Alex and Kat’s characters. They were really well done, and I wanted to keep going back to their chapters more than anyone else. I liked how their stories entwined and can’t wait to see more of them in the next book. Overall the plot was fantastic, and I was fascinated and intrigued the entire time. I liked all the mystery surrounding everyone, and everyone practically had one secret or two that they were hiding.

Once you start reading this and getting into it, the pages do start to fly. When I had time to sit down and read, I never noticed how quickly time went and before long, I was finishing the book and wondering where it all went.

This is a great book to get yourself lost in, and even though it’s not heavily focused on any romance at the moment, I wonder where it will go from here. I cannot wait for the sequel, this series will capture history and fantasy lovers alike.

This novel was received for review via Harlequin Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.


  1. I studied Alexander the Great in high school so I definitely need to read this at some point. Great review!

    1. Thank you! It is a wonderful book, and even though I didn't study it in school this book makes me want to learn more about it

  2. I just got notification from Book Depository that this book is on its way to me and I am exciteddd <3 I am so glad you enjoyed it despite the relative predictability of some plotlines. I think it's tough for books to surprise experienced readers anyhow.

    Aentee at Read at Midnight.

    1. Ohh that's super exciting, I hope you enjoy the book when you get the chance to read it! Especially now, so many things have been done before so most plotlines are pretty predictable.


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