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 demandsbut 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 handsomeand deadlycaptor.
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.
About 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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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/
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.