Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman (Mini Review)

Legacy of Kings

Legacy of KingsInformation

Goodreads: Legacy of Kings
Series: Blood of Gods and Royals #1
Source: ARC from ALA
Published: August 18, 2015

Official Summary

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 read Legacy of Kings several weeks ago, but as I sit down to write my review, I realize I remember very little about it.  This haze characterizes my reading of the novel.  On a technical level, it was impressive, balancing several POVs and plot lines, yet in the end little about it was striking enough to leave me with an impression–either positive or negative.

The book jacket compares Legacy of Kings to A Game of Thrones, and I’m beginning to think that’s publishing code for “This contains an enormous number of characters, most of whom are unlikable.  You will read about many people, yet be invested in few.”  That was my experience with with this novel, at any rate. Admittedly, Alexander isn’t a bad guy, but he’s not a great guy. I wasn’t really getting the “great hero and conqueror vibe” from him quite yet.   I wasn’t getting an epic feel.

Plot-wise, I found much of the book predictable.  The ending was just as I expected.  I would have liked to experience a bit more excitement and suspense, particularly from a book of this length.  I would also have liked to see more forward momentum into the next book, but as things are, I’m going to stop reading the series.

As a work of literature, Legacy of Kings does have a lot of things going for it: great premise, fantastic historical research, a diverse group of characters.  Unfortunately, none of it really drew me in.  I like books with a little more heart, that can get me invested in the characters in the stories, rather than ones that put all their energy into background and world-building.
3 stars Briana