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 fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.
Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author 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 received an ARC of this book from Harlequin Teen in exchange for a honest review.
The book tells the story of teenage Alexander, who is physically deformed, and has a thirst to prove himself - in front of a nation which thinks of him as unworthy and a father who doesn't give him any chance to shine. Along with him is his best friend Heph, who hides some secrets of his own and is utterly loyal to Alex to the point of death. Then there's Alex's mother, Olympias, a power hungry and creepy woman who will go to any length to get what she wants done. Also in the palace, is Cyane, Alex's half sister who is as dangerous as she's beautiful, and doesn't hesitate to use her charm or people to achieve her goals. And then there's Kat and Jacob, two commoners who enter the palace through the same opportunity, but for different purposes. Jacob, because he wants to prove himself to be worthy of the girl he loves - Kat. And the girl in question herself, wants to avenge her mother's death by killing the queen. Away from all these people, and far across the globe is Zofia, a princess of a middle eastern country, who tries to escape her marriage to Alex and ends up in a worse situation than an arranged marriage. Legacy of Kings tells us the story of how these seven individuals' lives connect and how their deeds and desires affect themselves and one another.
I loved practically every single thing about this book. Legacy of Kings is pure perfection, and Eleanor Herman managed to deliver every single aspect I normally love in a book in a quite alluring and wonderful manner.
First of all, there's the world building. As I told above, the story revolves around history, and it also deals with quite a lot of mythology. The author has done her research, and it shows clearly in the way culture is depicted perfectly in the book - both when it comes to Greece and in Zofia's story - Persia. The book even mentioned the issues faced in these ancient cultures, such as trafficking and prostitution, and it makes you feel like you got a complete understanding of the ancient civilizations of Greece and Persia by the time you finish the book.
The writing, It's gorgeous! Eleanor's writing had all the allure that this book needed, and the way she describes things, people, situations and the back stories is so captivating. Another thing I want to mention is the POVs. You might have heard by now, that this book has seven POVs. The thing is, this book is written in 3rd person, but at the same time, since it individually tracks seven character's lives, the author gives an insight from each character frequently. If you ask me, there's no need to be intimidated by the sheer amount of POVs. I personally loved the way the book gave a chance for us to see each character's life, motives, actions and feelings. It makes you understand the story better, and the characters too, and there's a distinctive difference to each character's voice, that I guarantee that you'll never feel confused or detached at any point.
The characters. Since there's seven of them, let me talk about them, one by one.