Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals #1) by Eleanor Herman

Legacy of Kings - Eleanor Herman

I cannot find a way to review this book properly. I think one of my problems with this book is that if I had to summarize this, I would not know where to start. And I think this is because of the lack of plot—for me, personally, of course—in the entire book!


This book opens with Katniss Katerina hunting in the woods for food, when her best friend Gale Jacob comes to tell her that he’s joined the Hunger Games Blood Tournament. And then three percent in:

And then he’s leaning in, so close she can smell the familiar, earthy scent of clay dust in his hair, so close his lips touch hers.

Cue in makeout session in 3% of the book. I really don’t like these things, this makes me so annoyed! Where did this love come from?! We don’t know, because we just came into this world. Stop making out. And then Kat is suddenly pondering over the fact that she may love him? Where’s Alexander the Great?! The person who this book is based on in the first place!


Another thing: I feel like a huge part of the character cast is simply not needed. This includes “amazing” characters like Gale Jacob and Zo. They’re so mainstream and I will never understand their characters. Ever. I don’t even care enough to say anything to them in a proper paragraph.


If I had to describe the plot of the overall story, I’d have no words just because I feel like this entire book was just a build-up to the next book! I could tell you what the characters are like (I love Alex. Alex: you’re the reason why I continued on with this book), I could explain the setting, and I could explain what’s going on. But plot wise? I’m blank.


I have more thoughts and theories down below in the spoilers:


I knew that Katerina was Alexander’s twin. For those of you that have read Legacy of Kings, did you see this coming as well? I could so tell! It was the exact moment where we found out about the baby’s bones from Olympias and the fact that Kat could communicate or sense animals. So, not much of a twist there, at all.


I thought Cyn easily managed to stray Hephaestion. The fact that he so easily questioned a lifetime of friendship over a wild, rebellious girl. Get real, Heph.


Everyone is in love with each other. I’m not even joking. We have Jacob-Katerina-Hephaestion, Cyn-Hephaestion-Katerina, Cosmos-Zo-Some Guy Who’s Name I Don’t Even Know, and much more for me to possibly keep track of.


There was a certain point in the book where Alex was convinced he loved his sister. I’m not sure—he never thought he was in love with her . . . but there was a moment where he mentions that he loves Kat and she loves him, too. So, what kind of love? Just a love where you care for them, romantic love, friend love, what love?!?!?!? (Let’s hope it’s brother-sister love, because that’s what they are . . . )

(show spoiler)


Overall, A Legacy of Kings is a pretty meh book for me. It was extremely boring at some parts, and at others, I was kind of like, “Why am I even reading this?” But after reading the last few pages, I think that the next book, Empire of Dust will be much better, and I cannot wait to see that! So, I will be reading the next book.


Unfortunately, fans of history may be slightly disappointed because I found some flukes, some that I heard of before I even read this book. But as for the fantasy aspect, you will be satisfied.


Thanks for reading my review guys, and I hope you all have a great day! Until the next one! :D