Author: Eleanor Herman
Publisher: Harlequin Teen, 384 pages
Expected Publication Date: August 25, 2015
*ARC received from publisher via 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 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.
Eleanor Herman has written an AMAZING fantasy book based on Alexander the Great. I loved reading the notes at the end of the book detailing all of the historical detail.
The book is written from many POVs, including Alex, the prince who wants to prove himself to his distant father; Heph, his best friend who is loyal, but proud; Kat, the peasant girl who has an affinity with animals; Jacob, her best friend who she also loves but who makes an absolutely horrible choice; Cyn, Alex's older half-sister, who wants to be a warrior instead of a wife; and Zo, a princess who is supposed to marry Alex, but who is in love with a soldier and makes a decision that puts her life in danger. The characters are complex and well-written and the author does an impressive job switching back and forth between them. Usually when I read a book with multiple POVs I'm more interested in some versus others but that wasn't the case here.
Magic, political intrigue, battles, kidnappings…I loved it!
Posted by: Pam