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Empire of Dust (Blood of Gods and Royals Series #2)

Empire of Dust (Blood of Gods and Royals Series #2)

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by Eleanor Herman

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In Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust

After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands—but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat.



In Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust

After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands—but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat.

Meanwhile, Hephaestion, cast aside by Alexander for killing the wrong man, must conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt.

The warrior, Jacob, determined to forget his first love, vows to eradicate the ancient Blood Magics and believes that royal prisoner Cynane holds the key to Macedon's undoing.

And in chains, the Persian princess Zofia still longs to find the Spirit Eaters, but first must grapple with the secrets of her handsome—and deadly—captor.

New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman entwines the real scandals of history with epic fantasy to reimagine the world's most brilliant ruler, Alexander the Great, in the second book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, August 2016 (Vol. 39, No. 3) - Heather Christensen
Herman weaves a smattering of history with plenty of magic and legends in the second book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series. Political intrigue abounds as characters search for power, wealth, approval, and of course, love. Alexander seeks the advice of his former teacher, Aristotle, as he attempts to root out a traitor in his council and tries to prove his ability to lead a nation. Katerina and Hephaestion leave Macedon on a secret mission for Alexander, proving their loyalty to the prince and discovering more secrets and strange coincidences. Zophia continues to mislead her captors in hopes of finding the Spirit Eaters that she thinks will change her fate. Meanwhile, Lord Bastien, Olympia, and Cynane all continue to scheme and plot their own malicious devices. Though there are clear heroes and villains, Herman mostly avoids stereotypes. Instead, her pages are filled with compelling characters, like wicked Olympia, whose backstory gives surprising sympathy to her devious plotting; or strong but naïve Jacob, who seems determined to make one poor choice after another. Teenage Game of Throne fans will find plenty to enjoy in this epic fantasy full of bloody battles, political scheming, and steamy romance. Reviewer: Heather Christensen; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
The second outing in Herman's Blood of Gods and Royals series following Legacy of Kings (2015), continuing the tale of Alexander the Great and his compatriots as teens.A cast of dozens, with eight narrative perspectives (six teens and two adults), full of reawakening magic, sex, and lots and lots of violence: it's the formula behind George R.R. Martin's bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire, and there's no doubt it has appeal. Indeed, the present-tense narration and the short, sometimes-choppy sentences ("The two men guarding the doorway relax when they see him. ‘Good job,' he says, clapping them on the back. He waves to his men on the other tower. Where's Phrixos?") on occasion make this sound like the chapter-book version of exactly that stripe of epic fantasy, although the lack of certain trappings like a map or list of important figures (many of them historical) leads to a needlessly confusing reading experience. Regardless, fans will love this volume: the stakes are higher, the romantic permutations continue unabated, and the impressive battle scene is lovingly rendered. It's a strangely balanced romantic fantasy, both old-fashioned (misogyny; wicked, promiscuous queen) and forward-thinking (Alex seems to be asexual; Cynane owns her sexual desires and actions), and set in a time and place that guarantees multicultural exoticism.This middle volume offers a rising plot and ever bigger baddies; anyone who makes it this far is definitely in for Volume 3. (author's note; discussion guide) (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)

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Blood of Gods and Royals Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Eleanor Herman is the New York Times Bestselling author of Sex with Kings, as well as three other works of nonfiction: Sex with the Queen, Mistress of the Vatican, and King Peggy. Obsessed by all things royal and historical, she lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and four extremely dignified cats. Legacy is her first novel.

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Empire of Dust (Blood of Gods and Royals Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
If you decide to continue on reading my review of Empire of Dust and have not read Legacy of Kings yet, I warn you that there may be some spoilers for the first book. Continue at your own risk. Empire of Dust starts off pretty much where Legacy of Kings ends. Very little, if any, time has passed between the end of the first book and the beginning of the second. I like that it picks right up where we left off. I don't really like when series let time pass between books. It makes it feel like we took a vacation from the world and have to be briefly filled in with the details of what happened in the gap. I would rather have the complete story than the quick recap of the gap! Empire of Dust, like Legacy of Kings, is told from quite a few different point of views. I expected this, so it was of no surprise to me. It also took me less time to get used to all the point of views this time than it did with the first book. With so many point of views, there are quite a few story lines that all intertwine with one another that make up the overall story of Empire of Dust. The best way that I can come up with is to give you a very quick synopsis of what is happening with each individual character instead of trying to give you an over all glance of the story as a whole. Find the rest of my review here: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Continuing the story from the Legacy of Kings, Alexander now knows of Katherine being his sister and them being Snake Bloods. He sends her off on a mission to keep her safe from his murderous mother, and is busy handling a kingdom in his father’s absence. Meanwhile, Cynane is learning of her power, at the hands of the Aesarian Lords’ cruelty, torture to which Jacob is witness. Her story is about finding her own power to rule, and she even allies with her stepmother Olympias to achieve it. Over in Persia, Zofia is trying to get to the Soul Eaters to change her fate. There are a lot of plot arcs moving in and out of focus, with the central one being of power and magic pitted against politics. While the first book was a good setting up for the series, the sequel failed to deliver. I don’t know exactly why, but I got through the book reluctantly. The story is good, I mean, and the plot twists were interesting – it had the formula for holding my attention, but it couldn’t, not completely. I feel like the characterization and frequent jumping of POV was to blame – I could not connect to the characters, and while the writing flourishes when it comes to plot, it stagnates at the characters. They aren’t fleshed out – they are just what you expect them to be, nothing new to learn. And one character in particular was getting on my nerves – Jacob, Katherine’s childhood friend and first love. He was so boring, that I was putting the book down every time his POV chapter came up. He was irritating, and not even in an idealistic anti-hero way – just in an unnecessary plot filler kind of way. On the other side of the spectrum, Alexander was the only character I felt to which some amount of detail was devoted. In short, the book is great if you love action, plot and story, but it is missing a soul.