By Eleanor Herman
(Summary from Goodreads)
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.
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.
What I gave it: 2.5 stars
What I liked: I loved the idea of this story. Alexander the Great meets magic? Sign me up. I really love history and historical novels. Alexander has to take care of the kingdom in his fathers place while he’s away and the tournament has begun. There’s tons of scheming on everyone’s part and everyone seems to have a hidden agenda. There’s arranged marriages, prophesies to live by, and gods who don’t care but rule over the people. Everyone’s fates are intertwined. Alexander and his wife to be are after the same thing.
The gods are a driving force in this novel. Prophesies and gods rule their lives so they act like most Greeks, acting on whims, feelings, and superstition.
What I didn’t like:
This novel had six or seven point of views, I found it really hard to get into it. They weren’t clearly marked and I found it way to hard to connect with any of the characters. It was hard to follow the story. The multiple POV’s also sometimes made it difficult to understand who the point of view was that we had switched to, making it hard to understand what exactly was happening. It was a very slow start as well.
The multiple POV’s made the novel seem disconnected and jumbled. It was for this reason that I couldn’t even finish the last little bit of it. I was deeply devastated about not being able to finish, it was such a refreshing twist on the story of Alexander the Great.