As the end of an age approaches, gods whisper horrors, families scheme for power, and one woman may hold the secret to a lost legacy. At 19, Ada of Caria yearns to take the Snake Blood throne from her mad older siblings—and seeks the help of a young orphaned girl named Helen, the first True Oracle to have walked the earth in more than three hundred years.
Helen may be able to channel the voice of the gods, but she hates her gift, and will do anything to get rid of it—even lie to her best friend, Myrtale, the priestess-princess of Epirus who is destined to marry King Philip II of Macedon even though she loves another. And in the shadows lurks a handsome green-eyed stranger who has more at stake—and more to lose—than anyone could possibly imagine.Amid jealousy and heartbreak, torrid affairs and secret rendezvous, it is spoken by the gods that either Helen or Myrtale —newly named Olympias— will carry the destiny of the known world within her womb.
For a novella, this book was intense and packed with storylines, political intrigue, betrayals, and magic. The story mainly revolves around Helen, a seer whose life is being ruled by how much useful she is. She feels cheated by the fact that it is dictated by those in power, and that she will never know love or happiness of her own. The other two women to whom this story extends are Ada of Caria and Olympias of Macedon – both princesses on the cusps of becoming queens. Her friendship with them shapes her journey from Caria, to Macedon, where she gains a prophecy concerning the fate of the known world in the new Age that is to come.
While the plot is multi-arced and layered, I felt that the characterization suffered for the expense of the story pace. I mean, you know the characters and why they do the things they do, but besides Helen, I couldn’t muster up any emotion for any character. They felt bland to me, and lacked depth. Also, the romance is so rushed, and predictable that I was getting irritated by it, and did not feel like it truly contributed to the plot. As for this being a novella, I feel it gives a good context to the events that occur in Legacy of Kings, since many characters are introduced here. A good, and essential read for the sequel books.