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Historical Must-Read | Book Review: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

There will be a LOT of gushing about Legacy of Kings in this review…

Book Review: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

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Title & Author: Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals) by Eleanor Herman

Genre: Young Adult – Historical Fiction

Release Date: August 25, 2015

Series: Blood of Gods and Royals #1

Publisher: HarlequinTeen

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“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 fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.”


How do I love The Legacy of Kings? Let me count the ways…

1. I loved the in-depth historical fiction. The book is set when Alexander the Great is just a teenager in Macedonia (current day northern Greece and southern Albania). This backdrop adds an extra layer of texture to the novel that made everything extra special.

2. I loved the six clear points of view. Legacy of Kings alternates perspective with six distinct voices. Even thought some were more easy to like, the author did such a great job of making them well-rounded characters, that I appreciated each one.

3. I loved the magic elements that were woven in. I’d classify this book as a historical fantasy. There are both mystical rites and supernatural powers that are mentioned in the book. The were things I’ve encountered in YA books before, but I liked how they played out in the characters’ lives.

4. I loved the ROMANCE. PHEW! Ok, so Legacy of Kings gets a bit more PG-13 than most YA books, but nothing is shared in graphic detail. But yeah. Romance. Lots of it. I was a FAN.

5. I loved how all the pieces fit together. With six points of view, you might think things would become confusing or messy. Not here. The storylines are distinct but related. How Herman lays the foundation for a truly epic ending was just GENIUS.

I was glued to the pages the entire time. Herman enthralled me with her rich storytelling and original ideas. I’m such a fangirl of hers right now.



TL;DR Go buy this book right now! Like, absolutely right now! Legacy of Kings is one of the best fantasies I’ve read all year, and I absolutely cannot recommend it enough.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • You’re making this book sound amazing!! I can’t wait to get my hands on it, I love multiple POVs when done well. Alex the Great is also my favourite historical figure, so it’s a hugeee plus.

    Aentee @ Read at Midnight

  • Awesome review! I have this ARC and I am so excited to read it! Every review I have seen has been a rave one. 🙂

  • Oh yes yes yes!! You can be sure I am going to read that one … sounds very promising indeed!
    Cheers, Kati