by Eleanor Herman
Book: Blood of Gods and Royals #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: August 2015
Genre: Young Adult
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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.
My Review: Nothing is left out in this book. The author really did her research and brought a lot of history and truth into this world. It's one of the best I've read that included multiple main characters and had the details on point and didn't leave me bored out of my mind. If you've noticed, a lot of books similar to this, haven't gone so well with me.
Anywho....you have multiple characters, and it took me a few chapters to get to know each one, see who I liked and to be able to keep up with it all. Kat and Zo are two that I loved right away. Great female characters, very tough, smart, and beautiful. I liked Jacob, he's a sweet guy. Alexander, well, I didn't really like him much, it took me a bit to warm up to him, but still not my favorite. You'll read about more characters, but those are the ones I liked.
So whats happening, is that a tournament is about to being. A bunch of people from all over, great fighters, soldiers, wrestlers, even normal people. They are all preparing to fight. Some get pretty beat up and even killed right off the bat. Some last longer, and well, some just never go home. But the best ones left, get to be part of the kings guard. Is it worth it? Sorta, I don't like the idea of such a tournament, but it does fit into the time period of the book.
Overall, all the characters you read about have their own reasons for being there and what they really want to do with their lives. The time period and the details are nailed just right. Its a really great take on Alexander the Great, and I can't wait to dive into the next book!