Do you love historical YA books? How about Alexander the Great??Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman is the sequel in the young adult Blood of Gods and Royals series.
“In Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust.
After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands—but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat.
Meanwhile, Hephaestion, cast aside by Alexander for killing the wrong man, must conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt.
The warrior, Jacob, determined to forget his first love, vows to eradicate the ancient Blood Magics and believes that royal prisoner Cynane holds the key to Macedon’s undoing.
And in chains, the Persian princess Zofia still longs to find the Spirit Eaters, but first must grapple with the secrets of her handsome—and deadly—captor.”
My Review of Book 1: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
If you thought Legacy of Kings ended with a bang, Empire of Dust come IN with a REALLY big BANG! Within the first chapter, Eleanor Herman drops a major bomb on us.
I will say that this series isn’t as much of an action-packed series as I had thought. There are a lot of events that happen to keep your attention throughout the plot, but not to the point where it involves a lot of Ooohs and Aaahs or Whaaats?!?.
With all of the points of views of the story, we get to dive into the ideas of who is backstabbing who which involves us to sit on the edges of our seats to see when the truth will finally blow up in their faces.
The idea of magic and its role in the world becomes more established in this book. I like how the world involves the magical elements and the powers that a few of the characters begin to develop further. The magical conspiracies go well with the plot line.
Like I kind of mentioned with the action element of the story, there were multiple parts that felt a little slow. As the plot thickens, it does seem to begin to pick up. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because of it. We definitely get to see more of their world which I enjoyed reading. There are ALOT of characters that we become familiarized with through the multiple points of view. I still feel like Book 3 may be where the story REALLY will pick up *fingers crossed*. Overall, not too bad of a book. The plot twists were what brought up the rating from a 3 to a 4 out of 5 stars for me. It begins with a bang, and the story ends with a bang!
More Book Information:
Published: 28 June 2016
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fantasy
How I Read It: ARC copy from BEA 2016
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