AS WAR RISES LIKE SMOKE AND OLD MAGICS MIX WITH RAGE, ONE PRINCE MAY BE A HERO…OR THE DOWNFALL OF AN EMPIRE
Prince Alex wants to be the ruler his kingdom demands...but the line between ruler and tyrant blurs with every new threat. With his controlling father away at war and a royal council turned mad for power, Alex relies on his wits for guidance…but what happens when those he trusts most may have betrayed him?
Here continues an epic fantasy unlike any other, as an ambitious queen taunts fate with the blood of an angry god, a tribe of warlords hunts the last heirs of ancient magic, two captive princesses seek freedom at any price and the brave are lured into darkness. As tests of loyalty lead to blood and death, the prince’s next move will bring his enemies to heel…or turn an empire to dust.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.