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Legacy of Kings is a YA fantasy novel that is easy to read and enjoy.
Fantasy is a brilliant genre. But often it's overshadowed by its reputation for having convoluted plot and descriptions. There is a misconception that for a fantasy novel to be enjoyable, it needs to be complicated. But that isn't the case at all.
Legacy of Kings proves this. It provides readers with a cast of intriguing characters and allows them to develop naturally alongside the development of the book's plot. Eleanor Herman's writing entertains and transports the reader, making for an enjoyable fantasy read.
Woven throughout the plot are rich and riveting concepts.
Legacy of Kings sets up a world full of interesting concepts that add a layer of complexity and intrigue. I couldn't find the words to describe the impact of these concepts - it's something you truly have to experience for yourself. But I picked some of my favourite examples of Eleanor Herman's story writing to share with you all:
'According to Audata, her mother, most magic of the blood was inherited. It came down through generations, like eye or hair color. But not Smoke Blood. Smoke Blood was earned. It allowed a person to triumph over pain—over death, even. That power could be found. Could be made—with an act of great betrayal, the blood of someone turned against his child or beloved friend.'
'He really was ready to die for Alex. Soldiers talk of heroism all the time; poets sing about the glory of self-sacrifice. But Cynane has never actually seen a man willing to put someone else’s life before his own. True loyalty—it’s almost unheard of. And it’s exactly what Cyn has been looking for all these years. Correction: it’s what she has been looking to destroy.'
Eleanor Herman has created a realistic ancient world full of lore, love, and sacrifice that is sure to become a fast favourite with lovers of fantasy.
About the book
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...
"But she is not an animal. She will not stand idly by while they make her a sacrifice for the sake of their ridiculous politics."
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.
Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author 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.
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