Review: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Legacy of Kings
Author: Eleanor Herman
Series: Blood of Gods and Royals #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Historical
Pub Date: August 18th, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Bought from BAM

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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 bought this book on a whim from Books A Million earlier in the fall. I had an English book report to do, and I thought that this would be an interesting book to use for it. Alternate history and fantasy? It’s my type of book! This plot sounded amazing, and I was sure it would be a hit.

I was very, very wrong.

There were so many things I didn’t like about this book. There were too many POVs, for one. You never spent enough time with the main characters in the beginning, so when bad things started to happen to them, I didn’t care at all. They could’ve all died and I wouldn’t have cared a bit, and that’s bad sign, considering I love to fall in love with amazing characters (like in Six of Crows and A Darker Shade of Magic).

The plot never really knew what it was doing. With so many different characters, there were so many different conflicts that I could hardly keep track of. With some of the characters, I didn’t even know what their conflict was. For example, at first, Alexander says he wants to look for the Fountain of Youth, but it’s hardly mentioned throughout the rest of the book. It just got on my nerves and when certain character’s chapters rolled around, I could never remember what they were trying to achieve.

I can’t tell you how much I rolled my eyes when the “twist” was revealed at the end. I saw it coming from a mile away, as the author wasn’t very secretive with her foreshadowing (other readers–do you know what I’m talking about?). It’s probably the most cliche twist in fiction, and I didn’t think it added anything to the story other than cheesiness.

I would’ve marked this as DNF if I could’ve, but I had to finish it for my book report. You can probably imagine what I’m going to say about it.

Legacy of Kings held a lot of potential but it fell flat with its one-dimensional character, too many POVs, and no true conflict in sight. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone.

Rating: ★

Have you read Legacy of Kings, or are you planning to? What did you think of it? Leave your own thoughts in the comments below!


3 thoughts on “Review: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

  1. anissareads says:

    Noo, I’m sad to hear this wasn’t good – I was expecting great things from it after reading the synopsis! 😦 Oh well I guess, haha. I hope you enjoy your next book much more! 🙂


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