Review: Legacy of Kings

Legacy of Kings
Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Royalty. Magic. Love. Betrayal. 

It’s in Their Blood. 

Alexander, Macedon’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world.

Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while keeping hidden her own mission: kill the queen.

Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.

And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess, seeks the deadly Spirit Eaters to alter her destiny.

Legacy of Kings takes place in the teenage years of Alexander the Great, a time when a 16-year old prince to a warrior king wasn’t taken seriously enough. But the story just doesn’t revolve around him. True to a historical fiction full of political intrigue, the story has many other players on board. There is Katerina, the daughter of Helen, the oracle featured prominently in the novella, who may or may not be the prophesied girl-child who would slay/create a great evil. Jacob, her childhood best friend aims to win her heart by proving himself, while Hephaestion, Alex’s best friend is being manipulated by Cynane for her purposes. On the other side of the lands, Zofia, the Persian princess runs away to avoid being married off to Alex and to save her unborn child from abandonment.

The story weaves itself between multiple character POV, but these are the main characters that the story is told through. Olympias’ death is Kat’s goal, and she comes to the palace along with Jacob to fulfill it. Her friendship with Alex evokes a bond between them, which I was, at first, surprised to find so platonic. This was predominantly because all the other romances in this series are rushed into or are the passionate variety, and their simple love for each other was unusual in this context. Soon, as the story progressed, and Heph started feeling for her (out of nowhere, I might add) and appreciating her fierceness, I was on the edge of the truth. Nevertheless, when the reveal came out, I was shocked. Cynane, meanwhile, is like the anti-hero of the story – she has her own agenda, and doesn’t really mean Alex harm but is also envious of him; if she gets into his squad, that will be a powerful team. As for Alex, he is the noble prince – that is expected – who wants to prove his worth and leadership to everyone. Zofia’s story, while still not intersecting with theirs at the moment, is borne more out of stupidity than nobility, but I am still interested to see how that plotline works out.

The world-building of the series is pretty solid, and the historical details are lush, and add to the magic of imagining it while reading it. I was sold on that fact itself, as well as the complexity of the plot. What deserves to be more complex and better explained are the characters – right now, the information is being fed, rather than shown. It is also difficult to feel invested for the characters while the POV keeps jumping around, and the fact that the romance just pops up means there is no yearning for shipping either. So, while I will stick around, it will be mostly for the plot; but I hope the characterization improves with future books.

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