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Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals)

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Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals)

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 16-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 over, 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.
 
Fantasy/historical fiction books have always held a special place in my heart. In my opinion, they are a perfect example of what a book should be: a mix of real life with just enough fiction to make it magical. Needless to say, Eleanor Herman delivered perfectly in LEGACY OF KINGS, a book full of magic and mystique.
 
What came to be one of my favorite parts of this book was something I did not like when first exposed to it --- the fact that the point of view switches from character to character every chapter. At first, it was very hard to keep up; it seemed like there was a new character being introduced every chapter and I could not keep them straight. I found myself going back several chapters just to figure out if I had seen the character before or not.
 
Plot twists and unexpected character deaths leave you breathless and itching for more in this first installment of a series.
 
However, as the book progressed, it became easier and easier to follow along and I finally understood why multiple points of view work so well --- the suspense they created was unbearable. Just as a character finally reached their destination after days of journeying, just as a character finally figured out why her mother was murdered, just as a character finally took power after being suppressed for so long...the chapter ended. It was a maddening but genius move. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I could not put the book down (which earned me quite the scolding from my mother when I refused to go to dinner in order to finish the book). Although it took a while to get used to, it is what made the book simply irresistible.
 
Relationships in books are very important to me. They add a sense of realism and ground the book when it is in danger of flying away to the moon. One of my favorite relationships in this book was the relationship between Alexander and Katerina. You might assume I mean a romantic relationship, but it’s actually quite the contrary --- their relationship is strictly platonic. It is not often that boys and girls are friends in YA novels without one of them harboring secret feelings for the other, and this was a refreshing break from the teenage angst usually found in those books (that is not to say I do not enjoy the teenage angst; in fact I often find myself drawn to those books, but I digress). It was touching to see how much Alexander and Katerina came to care about each other in such a small amount of time.
 
Plot twists and unexpected character deaths leave you breathless and itching for more in this first installment of a series. I would recommend LEGACY OF KINGS to anyone who wants just a taste of fantasy as well hardcore lovers of historical fiction and fantasy. Essentially, I would recommend this book to anyone who simply wants a good read that makes you question the very world you live in.

Reviewed by Pranshu A., Teen Board Member on August 19, 2015

Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals)
(Blood of Gods and Royals #1)
by Eleanor Herman

  • Publication Date: May 3, 2016
  • Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult 14+
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen
  • ISBN-10: 0373211937
  • ISBN-13: 9780373211937