Publication Date: August 18, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Goodreads Rating: 4 stars
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 a newcomer…
Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…
Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.
And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.
Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings 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.
This was an amazing book. Seriously. wow. Those people who love ancient history mixed with fantasy will love this book. The ability to capture the time, history, culture so vividly is one thing that made this book so amazing. It was beautiful. However I am sure those history buffs may find plenty of fault in this book-they usually do, I’m just sayin. Especially when it comes to Alexander the Great but honestly I’ve heard different accounts on this part of history that I don’t know what to believe so I was able to enjoy this story for what it gave. Plus I’m a complete sucker for mythology so if you like history with mythology/fantasy you’ll love this book.
Plus this book has everything you could possibly as for in a story. Magic, romance, deception, secrets, mystery, epic battle scenes, lies and leaves you completely ready for book two. UGH the horror of having to wait.
The different points of view were a little annoying at first but once you got the voices and characters down it was no big deal and I understand the need to have them. I ended up enjoying the different POVs as I got to know and see more of the story and it was interesting to see the different perspectives. I felt the author did a great job of keeping the voices distinct and the characters separate.
Katerina was an okay character, a little self-involved who communicated poorly but then again without faults in characters how else are we supposed to get some tension and some story! overall she wasn’t terrible but not amazing, just okay and I didn’t hater her. I found it a little weird that all the boys were in love with her…seriously.
The other guys Jacob, Alexander, Hephaestion were fun and I loved getting to know them and their POVs. Jacob was a bit of a nut in the romance department as it took him FOREVER to realize his feelings, and Hephaestion was a good “competitor.”
The romance was swoon worthy and it was great to read and watch the progression of the characters involved. It didn’t overwhelm the story which I ALWAYS appreciate but it was definitely there and it had me rooting for these characters and LOVED their interactions.
Overall the book was well written and completely enjoyable. I look forward to more from this author in the YA department, and I can’t wait for book two!
*A HUGE Thank You to Harlequin Teen for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*