Review: ‘Legacy of Kings’ by Eleanor Herman

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Legacy of Kings’ by Eleanor HermanLegacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
Series: The Witch Hunter #1
Published by Harlequin on August 18th, 2015
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Retelling, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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.

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This is a retelling of Alexander the Great. Now I don’t know much about him or his historic achievements, so I literally went in this with a clear head. No comparing to actual historic texts or even movies. So imagine my surprise that I pretty much fell for it.

There were so many sub-plots woven in that I couldn’t really distinguish which one was my favourite. There are also a ton of characters, but they appear so frequently that you don’t get lost because you remember their lives and their personalities. Eleanor Herman is a master at character development and I couldn’t help but love how each one had a backstory. The writing is vividly detailed and rich. Felt like I was right there in the same time period feeling all of their despair and heartache. The only thing that bothered me about this read was the instantaneous love at first sight. I kid you not, most of these characters would just fall in love with every person they met. It was a bit too much. But I chose to ignore that and kept on trading anyway because I was swept up in the world and the characters.

Legacy of Kings was one thrilling read! Enjoyed it immensely. Especially how detailed the scenes were and how complex each character was. Can’t wait for the rest of the series that I already requested to borrow the ebook from OverDrive and it’s waiting for me to read right this instant. I also kind of wished I bought this when it came out, but then again the covers changed so now I can wait until the last book is out so they can all match.

For anyone looking for a great fantasy read, please pick this one up. I hope you won’t be disappointed!

book quotes

A son with a weak mind is a misfortune. But even the strongest, most intelligent daughter is simply worthless.
Because sometimes it doesn’t help to chase after the thing you want. No. Sometimes you have to wait, however long it takes, until what you want most comes to you.
Kat hates men like that, men who are too attractive for their own good—and know it.
All women are witches. Sometimes a man can’t even be sure if his own children are his.
The world is frightening and cruel, especially to women.
A wise king must suspect everyone, particularly those who claim to be his friends.
We are all caged and wounded in our own way.
He wonders if she would taste of starlight if he kissed her.

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  1. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    September 17, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    I really enjoyed Legacy of Kings myself because of the Alexandrian setting, even though some of the multiple characters were difficult to keep track of. Glad you enjoyed it too, Giselle!
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    • giselle

      September 23, 2016 at 9:13 PM

      Me too! I loved it so much. I think I’m used to so many characters because of fantasy books, so this wasn’t a problem.

  2. Adalyn

    September 11, 2016 at 12:13 AM

    This book sounds so interesting, I really want to read it! I also know nothing about Alexander the Great. I’ve gone into a few retellings without knowing anything and I prefer it that way, like And I Darken for example. Great review, I can’t wait to read this!
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    • giselle

      September 23, 2016 at 9:15 PM

      YESS I’m so glad I go into a retelling blind because then I’d be comparing it the classic or original the entire time. I still have to read AND I DARKEN because the author is coming here next month for a signing. I hope you enjoy it like I did Adalyn. If you don’t mind me saying, I really like your name. So pretty!

  3. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    September 9, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    I got the second book at BEA, but I still haven’t read the first so I was putting it off. This convinced me that I need to pick up the first book and read both!! I don’t know much about Alexander the Great either, so it’s good to know that it’s a good read either way.
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    • giselle

      October 3, 2016 at 10:57 AM

      It’s so good! Felt like I was right there in time because of her wonderful writing. I hope you like them like I did 🙂

  4. Jesse Nicholas

    September 9, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Yay! I’m so glad you liked it. Now I have someone that I can talk about it with! You’re going to love the sequel. It was just as great as the first… maybe even better 😁

    • giselle

      October 3, 2016 at 10:58 AM

      Omgosh yay! I’m still waiting for the second book from OverDrive

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