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Legacy of Kings ➵ [Reading] ➷ Legacy of Kings By Eleanor Herman ➪ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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, 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 riseAlexander, Macedonia s sixteen year old heir, is Legacy of Kindle - 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 fianc e, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit EatersWeaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

    Download Book Best Sellers in PDF format 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 fianc e, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit EatersWeaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series."/>
  • Kindle Edition
  • 432 pages
  • Legacy of Kings
  • Eleanor Herman
  • English
  • 06 September 2017

About the Author: Eleanor Herman

New York Times best seller Eleanor Herman s new non fiction book, The Royal Art of Poison Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul, is set to come out in June Think royal palaces were beautiful places to live Think again Herman offers a rare combination of Legacy of Kindle - skills for a historian her research is intensely scholarly, yet she writes the story in a colorful, witty manner History is so fascinating that it never has to be presented in a boring way, she explains These were flesh and blood people, just like you and me, facing war and plague, falling in love, living among splendid art and gut wrenching poverty Sometimes people ask me if I plan to write novels And I say, with all the things that really happened, who needs to make stuff up Reviewers agree The New York Times Book Review wrote that Eleanor writes enlightening social history that is great fun to read The Boston Globe wrote, Herman s writing sparkles off the pages The Washington Post called Eleanor Herman A lotfun than Danielle Steel or Dan Brown Eleanor, a New York Times bestseller, has also written Sex with Kings a history of royal mistresses , Sex with the Queen a look at queens love affairs , Mistress of the Vatican a biography of an influential papal mistress , and a four part YA fantasy series on Alexander the Great, called The Blood of Gods and RoyalsEleanor is a frequent commentator in the media about royal scandals, and has hosted episodes for The History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and America Fact vs Fiction Born in Balti, Maryland, Eleanor graduated with a degree in journalism from Towson University, studied languages in Europe, and for thirteen years worked for NATO S Nations Partners for Peace magazine She is married and lives in McLean, VA with four very demanding cats.



10 thoughts on “Legacy of Kings

  1. Jesse (JesseTheReader) Jesse (JesseTheReader) says:

    3.5 This was a solid start to an epic fantasy series I can t wait to see what the rest of the series has to hold The world building was probably my favorite part of this book It was done SO WELL 3.5 This was a solid start to an epic fantasy series I can t wait to see what the rest of the series has to hold The world building was probably my favorite part of this book It was done SO WELL

  2. Christine Riccio Christine Riccio says:

    This was slow moving but I think the world was super interesting and built a lot of potential for the next books Here s my booktalk This was slow moving but I think the world was super interesting and built a lot of potential for the next books Here s my booktalk

  3. Emily May Emily May says:

    DNFI realize that this may be a bit premature but I ve read so many unoriginal fantasy novels that I don t want to waste any time on them I could easily be persuaded to come back to this if the reviews are positive, but here s my review of the first chapter A girl called Katniss is hunting in the woods when she is suddenly distracted by her longtime best friend turned sexgod, Gale JacobA pair of strong, tanned legs stands before her, leading up to the broad, commanding form of her old DNFI realize that this may be a bit premature but I ve read so many unoriginal fantasy novels that I don t want to waste any time on them I could easily be persuaded to come back to this if the reviews are positive, but here s my review of the first chapter A girl called Katniss is hunting in the woods when she is suddenly distracted by her longtime best friend turned sexgod, Gale JacobA pair of strong, tanned legs stands before her, leading up to the broad, commanding form of her oldest friend The boy Kat has known longer and better, it sometimes seems, than she has known herself A boy who, until recently, was equal parts playmate and pest Now, he has grown taller and handsomer and somehow resists falling into either category the way he used toJacob announces that he is competing in the Blood Tournament a series of games set in an arena against other competitors who have been training for this their whole livesYou can t go, she says quickly They ll kill you You re only seventeen Some of the contestants are Olympic athletes, professional wrestlers, and soldiersWhen it becomes obvious she can t stop him, she gives him a brooch for luckshe removes the long iron pin from her shoulder She holds it between them Take it To protect you in the gamesPlease note I only read the first chapter Who knows Maybe it is nothing like it initially appears to be Let me know if I was wrong to DNF so soon

  4. Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more says:

    Reviewed by Rabid ReadsThere s a certain rivalry between English and History majors .The university I attended required its students to attend a weekly convocation Several times a year, rather than all of the students meeting formally, we would have interdepartmental gatherings, and once a semester the English and History majors would stuff themselves into the largest classroom in our main building for a coughs friendly game of College Bowl The outcome of this game determined who got to Reviewed by Rabid ReadsThere s a certain rivalry between English and History majors .The university I attended required its students to attend a weekly convocation Several times a year, rather than all of the students meeting formally, we would have interdepartmental gatherings, and once a semester the English and History majors would stuff themselves into the largest classroom in our main building for a coughs friendly game of College Bowl The outcome of this game determined who got to look down their long noses at the others for the rest of the semester Yes, I know I m a huge nerd cantstopwontstopThe point is there s quite a bit of crossover between the two majors that gives both sides a deeper understanding of their counterparts, and in the same way Herodotus in his HISTORIES ridicules Homer s accounts of historical events, I m inclined to think LEGACY OF KINGS is what happens when a historian writes fantastical fiction.BUT.I think Herman did a far better job at bridging the gap from history to fiction, than Herodotus thought of Homer s attempt at the opposite AlthoughI m not sure how concerned Homer was about preserving historical accuracy, and Herodotus definitely got a few things wrong himself Whatever Admittedly, there are problems with this analogy, first and foremost that my opinion ranks with Herodotus and Herman ranks with Homer, but, hopefully, you get what I m saying ALL of That being said, Herman s background is clearly evident in LEGACY OF KINGSmostly in good waysbut not always Time for a list I m going with the cons first, b c I liked this book and I don t want to end my review focusing on the handful of things that kept it from being perfect Capisce CONS 1 Sometimes the facts are crammed into the fiction, like Herman just couldn t help herself, rather than being smoothly interwoven The most obvious example is the references to Aristotle, who tutored Alexander the boy Each of the five sections begin with an Aristotle quote, but there are numerous other mentions, some of them feeling almost like Alexander is name droppingAristotle taught us to always look for the common denominator in any problem, he says Mathematical Scientific Political Social And it would seem that here the common denominator isIn the same vein, some of the cultural elements feel a little bit over the top Like Phillip II of Macedon carrying around the skull of the man who shot out his eye as a drinking goblet YEP The skull of his enemycovered in silver with amethysts for eyesThen again, maybe there s some primary document that supports the claim and my internet search couldn t find it2 Third person, present tense.I don t like it It s distracting The only POV I like less is first person, present tense Howeverafter a while, I acclimated That may not sound like a big deal, but it is I rarely make it through a book told from this POV, but not only did I finish LEGACY OF KINGS, I enjoyed it 3 ALL the boys love Katerina.In fairness, one of the boys simply feels an instant connection to her that is explained by the end of the book, and Kat s desirability isn t a major plot point But the fact remainsall the boys love Katerina.4 A six year old girl is killed in a completely manufactured situation.This is a personal peeve, but it s one I m sure many of you share if you re going to kill a child, there had better be a darn good reason, and it had better be believably unavoidable view spoiler No matter how I spin it, I do not believe a six year old child, I don t care that she s a princess, is either going to have the authority to command her nurse to go traipsing out of the palace sans guards and or entourage or would a nurse mentally deficient enough to follow such a command be allowed the charge of said princess.It was stupid believable, but stupid for Zo to naively think she could travel twenty miles by herself, unmolested But Zo is a teenager Sixteen or seventeen, I think, and tempestuous and impulsive like many a girl her age She also disguised herself as a boy in order to escape unnoticed Nurse is an adult An adult trusted with the care of a royal child Neither were disguised Yet both of them managed to not only walk out of the palace, but to follow Zo for several miles, at such a distance that illegal slavers saw and attacked Zo, never noticing Nurse and Kiddo trailing in their wake.Nope Not buying it The death is meant to act as a catalyst, making it impossible for Zo to go home, giving her no alternative but to seek out the spirit eaters and try to change her fate.BUT Zo is a determined young woman It would have been an easy thing to use that determination as a goad rather than the shame of indirectly causing her sister s death.It must be said that based on the history, there is a slight possibility that the girl isn t dead But to all appearances, this is one of the few side plots that isn t based on the facts SO As it stands, a child was killed in manufactured situation hide spoiler PROS 1 If you love both ancient civilizations and fantasy, you are almost guaranteed to love this book.Herman s integration of history and fiction is downright remarkable She embellishes what is known so that it almost always meshes seamlessly with her story When Katerina landed in Halicarnassus and first saw the mausoleum, I googled it, not remembering what it looked like I then got side tracked by the history for like an hour , b c it had indeed been built by Queen Artemisia for her husband King Mausolus, who had indeed been her brother ICK , which made me curious about exactly how much of this thing was based on fact The short answer is a LOT 2 Herman not only captured the history, she captured the culture.YES There is a difference If you disagree, I dare you to say so to an anthropologist stands back and watches is gleeful It s the difference between the aforementioned mausoleum and having a religious man explain a torch inexplicably exploding and incinerating its bearer by sayingI believe Father Zeus sent a bolt of lightning It happens from time to time when he is displeased3 Herman also has a flare for subtly capturing strong emotions.As much as I loathe the version of PRIDE PREJUDICE that features Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet, there s this one scene where Darcy Matthew Macfadyen helps Lizzie into a carriage When he turns and walks away, the camera zooms in on his gloved hand that is trying to shake off the effects of touching Elizabeth for the first time It s brilliant I m swooning a little bit just remembering it Herman uses equally small gestures, thoughts, feelings, etc to communicate the burgeoning love between Kat and Jacob, the transition from childhood friends to something infinitelydearIf you don t tell me right now what it is, I ll she raises a playful, faux threatening hand He grabs her wrist You ll what he whispers. smiles dreamily SO Despite a few issues, LEGACY OF KINGS is a fantastic first installment of Eleanor Herman s BLOOD OF GODS AND ROYALS series, and I can t wait to see what happens next Will wretched Olympias be stoned by the surviving families of those she made suffer like her historical counterpart What did Helen s vision really mean Will Zo succeed in escaping her fate I ll be im patiently waiting for the next installment Highly recommended Pre review More like 3.75 stars, but I rounded up This was probably the best fantastical fiction I ve read that was written by a historianOf course, I think it s also the only fantastical fiction I ve ever read that was written by a historianBUT That doesn t negate that this was a solid read Especially if you love ancient Greek history which I do I mean, reallywhat isn t fascinating about Alexander the Great Full RTC

  5. KL (Cat) KL (Cat) says:

    Honestly, fuck this book and fuck its historical inaccuracies Warning This is basically me being all annoyed and comparing how the book made shit up to actual historical truths.1 Historical Alexander was hella gay so often it was ridiculous to the point that sometimes I need to set down whatever material I was reading on him and just gape I mean, a he kissed a boy and he liked it, to misquote Katy Perry.So there was a dance that Bagoas performed that was apparently so damn fine he agreed t Honestly, fuck this book and fuck its historical inaccuracies Warning This is basically me being all annoyed and comparing how the book made shit up to actual historical truths.1 Historical Alexander was hella gay so often it was ridiculous to the point that sometimes I need to set down whatever material I was reading on him and just gape I mean, a he kissed a boy and he liked it, to misquote Katy Perry.So there was a dance that Bagoas performed that was apparently so damn fine he agreed to kiss him in front of everyone his soldiers weren t that much of a help, they were all like pls go get a piece of dat ass b Him and Hephaestion _ Aside from how he compared themselves as Achilles and Patroclus respectively which fyi people at that time were already debating if the latter two were bangin in the Iliad or not , they decided it was cool to go visit their graves and run naked after rubbing oil all over each other on a beach Then there is the infamous He too is Alexander quote after a queen accidentally mistook Hephaestion for Alexander Oh yeah, also the philosopher Diogenes this man is the ultimate sass master btw sent a letter that was basically dude man up stop yielding to Hephaestion s thighs could you even believe Without me, you would be nothing OR PERSEPOLIS THIS FUCKER GAVE HEPHAESTION A 1.5 BILLION POUND FUNERAL I SHIT YOU NOTYeah this is way too long just to make a point but you get So when the novel erases this side of him and makes A straighter than a ruler it just makes me so pissed Because He is no longer Alexander And I don t care that it s fiction or fantasy because what is the point of saying that he is Alexander the Great when you change him to fit into a typical heterosexual YA male protagonist 2 Also let me be clear that this sympathetic Alexander bullshit in the novel is 10000 10 true He is, for a lack of better word, a dickhead to everybody aside from Hephaestion and others currently in favour but v rare Like he was really shit on how he treated his men he sent his army on a death march though Gedrosia where supposedly three quarters died in the desert, on purpose, for Christ s sake He gave exactly zero fucks on planning or governing or economics or even common sense Guess what he did to get rid of Macedonia s debt and to finance his army Oh just casually starting a war with the possibly most powerful empire that existed on earth bc why not And the thing was that it actually worked Like Yeah Who the hell is so obsessed with his own success that he can actually pull of this sort of thing So this Alexander who does not deserve the Great in this novel is absolutely foreign to me He named a city after himself when he was 16 for fuck s sake. 3 The first chapter, which the lovely Emily May clearly compares it to The Hunger Games so I ll just skip that However, just some stuff to add The Blood Tournament happening in an arena The Blood Tournament is a single free for all held in a large arena with a simulated landscape made to increase difficulty, featuring added natural challenges like quicksand or cliffs It is hot, bloody, and chaotic, with fighting taking place all over the stadium until the crowd and the king approve a single victor Correct me if I am wrong, but I am 95% sure arenas didn t exist in Greece Hell, the idea of the gladiator games, where people fought with weapons with one another didn t exist until several hundred years later where the Romans popularised it and brought it over and even then it didn t really catch on the Greeks decided that they were too cultured to consider bloodshed as entertainment I don t even want to talk about how the everloving fuck was the quicksand transported into the arena Anyway, the very existence of the Tournament is to me rather unbelievable If you were King, how would you choose your elite unit of warriors Soldiers that had already served in your army for years for you to observe their quality, skill and obedience or people like seventeen year old boys, Olympic athletes, professional wrestlers, and soldiers that are just going to battle it out and be chosen if they win Historically, Phillip agrees with me that the Hypaspists should be a position awarded based on merit, but for plot s sake why not suspend common sense 4 I don t know much about names, but Lucy makes an interesting point that a character Jacob has a Hebrew name It s the small things that nags me so much, because even though I may have not recognised the flaw I had placed my trust in the author, expecting that they took time to do their research SHIT I FORGOTOkaySo in Chapter 1 Jacob was all Kat bby I love you wait for me to come home so I can marry you AND THEY ARE ONE YEAR APART WHICH IS IMPOSSIBLEBECAUSE MEN MARRIED WHEN THEY WERE 30 AND THE WOMEN USUALLY HALF OF THATSO LIKE 14I AM SO PISSED AT MYSELF FOR NOT REMEMBERING THIS SOONERBUT SERIOUSLY DID THE AUTHOR DO NO RESEARCHUGHI M NOT EVEN GOING TO TALK ABOUT PEDERASTY AND SHIT BECAUSE OKAY YOU MAY ARGUE THAT ONLY POSH CITY PEOPLE DID IT BUT I M PRETTY SURE EVEN IN VILLAGES MARRIAGE CUSTOMS ARE THE SAMEZERO FUCKING STARS written before I read the damn book The author is also a historian, so I m not too afraid she ll spectacularly ruin the portrayal of one of the most famous and one of my favourite person in history.Note I ve never heard of Zofia btw Damn, the history nerd in me is so happy

  6. Maria V. Snyder Maria V. Snyder says:

    I was given an advance reading copy of this book with the hope that I d like it enough to give it a cover blurb This one is an epic fantasy with lots of characters, political intrigue, action, and history The story is mostly about a young Alexander the Great and since Herman is a historian and has written non fiction history books, she really knows the historical setting It was pretty neat that the setting details were accurate, yet the magic and mystery was all fiction.I enjoyed it I did h I was given an advance reading copy of this book with the hope that I d like it enough to give it a cover blurb This one is an epic fantasy with lots of characters, political intrigue, action, and history The story is mostly about a young Alexander the Great and since Herman is a historian and has written non fiction history books, she really knows the historical setting It was pretty neat that the setting details were accurate, yet the magic and mystery was all fiction.I enjoyed it I did have some trouble keeping track of everyone Each chapter has a different character and sometimes it s five or six chapters before you return to a character and it took awhile for me to remember what was going on before with the character My cover blurb for this book is Real history mixed with magic, mystery and intrigue, a fascinating combination

  7. C.G. Drews C.G. Drews says:

    Well THIS is going to be hard to review Gee, never let anyone say being a bookworm is easy BECAUSE WRITING REVIEWS AND DECIDING RATINGS IS HARD I really loved this book it was so epic and fantastical but I have a small boatload of quibbles with it Some of them are kind of ridiculous quibbles, but SOME ARE LARGE FRUSTRATED ONES So yes But, honestly I LIKED IT And, quibbles aside, that s what s important.So basically it s a historical, magicy fantasy, about Alexander the Great Which Well THIS is going to be hard to review Gee, never let anyone say being a bookworm is easy BECAUSE WRITING REVIEWS AND DECIDING RATINGS IS HARD I really loved this book it was so epic and fantastical but I have a small boatload of quibbles with it Some of them are kind of ridiculous quibbles, but SOME ARE LARGE FRUSTRATED ONES So yes But, honestly I LIKED IT And, quibbles aside, that s what s important.So basically it s a historical, magicy fantasy, about Alexander the Great Which is just great HAR HAR HAR ahem but I couldn t resist It s quite a dark gritty book Now, I read A Game of Thrones so nothing shocked me Um, nothing at all BUT For a YA book this does have a lot of sex and nakedness and gruesome blood everywhere, which surprised me a little Just because I don t see a lot of YA books being like this BUT STILL I loved the darker tone, but how it kept up the exciting fast pace.And, erm, talking about Game of Thronesit does rip it off occasionally Now I don t know if the author has read GoT So I m not trying to be mean or whatever And if you haven t read GoT, then this wouldn t bother you, right But I m a BIG GoT fanso It bugs me But Alex s parents were a lot like Cersei Robert Baratheon It had a ton of POVs The let s rewrite history into fantasy thing was going on AND ALL THAT STUFF Oh and btw, did I mention it has SEVEN POINT OF VIEWS This is too much It is too much because it s ALL AT ONCE and while I actually liked most of the characters, I don t think we needed to be in all their heads Most seemed superficial to this story line The thing with Game of Thrones I think it pulls off the many narrators because the first book doesn t have that many, and then when it DOES, most of the POVs don t meet up or split up So yeah In LoK everyone was all smushed into the same space but having their own opinions on it AND IT GOT CONFUSING But let s have a little walk through, shall we ALEX Obviously I mean, he s THE DUDE, right But he has an unfortunately small story line I loved his character and would ve liked to see waaaayfrom him KAT I didn t like Kat I think she was interesting and I never hated her chapters or anythingbut as a character She was super self involved, never communicated properly, and was NOT loyal in the romance department I mean, one minute she s thinking her childhood sweetheart is everything and she ll marry himbut then omigod cute soldier boy Merghhhh HEPH I also didn t like Heph He was really stupid and very easy to manipulate I admired his friendship with Alex in the beginning, but boo, Hep is so proud and that quickly broke CYN She was freaking AWESOME She was a completely psychopath I had no idea what she wanted exactly except not to be dead but omg she was badass OLYMPIA We do get a sneak inside of Alex s mother s POV, and she is one of the subtle villain sides I loved this I loved to see the freaky stuff she got up to And by love I mean I WAS FREAKING TERRIFIED So many snakes in her chapters I hate snakes She was utterly terrifying ZO What is the point of Zo s face Idek You tell me She s supposedly Alex s betrothed , but she runs away, gets caught by slavers, is a general idiot and yeah Contributed 0% to the plot JACOB He is Kat s little childhood sweetheart Aww Except, ya know, Kat rejects him and he ends up just hanging around moodily until we FORGET ALL ABOUT HIS POV at the end of the booktoo many And I m conditioned to liking multiple POVs after reading A Game of Thrones I just didn t like how many characters arcs petered out THINGS THAT JUST ANNOYED THE FOLLICLES OUT OF ME How everyone had a nickname EVERYONE So basically I had to remember 2 names per characters and my brain ain t got time for that How sometimes it flung in SUPER modern speech Like eligible bachelor This is like 340BC How about noooooo How there were too many plots to focus on and while they were all INTERESTING and I liked themI wished the focus had been narrowed a bit so I could ve gotten truly invested How it just left a ton of the plot lines hanging or forgot about aspects of them NOT OKAY Particularly Cyn We just totally dump her plot line towards the end How characters conveniently found each other all the time How there was a lot of sex and kissing and thinking about lovers and NOT ENOUGH STABBING I WAS HERE FOR THE STABBY STABBINGS How there was so little of Alex and way too much of other annoying characters I wanted to know about Alex.See I m being so negative BUT TRUST ME I ACTUALLY REALLY LIKED IT I looove grisly fantasy and I liked that it kept me focused and concentrating whereas usually fantasies are tiring to read And I LOVED the world It was interesting and lavish and I felt really into it I loved the descriptions because they were sparse but powerful The writing was just fantastic apart from the moments where they say ELIGIBLE BACHELOR WHICH IS SO NOT OKAY IN THIS ERA And there is a gorgeously glorious map Oh oh and there is a MASSIVE PLOT TWIST and I called it from 100 pages AWARD ME, HUMANS, I KNOW EVERYTHING If you re a fantasy fiend this is a good one It is And if you haven t read GoT you ll be evenfine because you won t notice the rip off similarities And although a ton of stuff bugged me while readingnow that I m done, I can only think of all the stuff I loved I wish I had bk 2 with me right now I WISH I COULD HUG THE PSYCHOPATHIC LITTLE CYN And I wish I could have like a kilometre of book in Alex s POV because he was so interesting and clever And while I was super surprised it wasabout magic than anything elseI still liked that Although it s like black magic and utterly freaktastic Anyhow GOOD STUFF Hopefullystabby stabbings in the sequel and less smushy smushy And hopefully the characters will decide who they like, because having 3 dudes at once isn t really okay, Kat BUT SO MUCH PSYCHOPATHS SO MUCH FUN

  8. Jillian Jillian says:

    Daaaaaaaaaaaamn this was really good Full review to come

  9. Cinda Cinda says:

    Legacy of Kings is fantasy just the way I like it a mingling of history, intrigue, romance, murder, and magic It prompted me to spend time researching an era I know little about the age of Alexander the Great.

  10. Luce Luce says:

    I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Get ready for the honesty.This was one of my most anticipated releases of this year As soon as I heard about it, I wanted it.Unfortunately, I m not even going to finish this I love Alexander the Great I find him endlessly fascinating So when I get bored with a book about him after only 17%, there s a problem.The thing is, this book ISN T about Alexander the Great He is just one of five main prot I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Get ready for the honesty.This was one of my most anticipated releases of this year As soon as I heard about it, I wanted it.Unfortunately, I m not even going to finish this I love Alexander the Great I find him endlessly fascinating So when I get bored with a book about him after only 17%, there s a problem.The thing is, this book ISN T about Alexander the Great He is just one of five main protagonists, and two were invented just for this novel And I m sorry, but I just don t care When a book is marketed to me as YA Alexander the Great, I expect to get Alexander the Great, not a little Alexander and a whole lot of not Alexander.Also, when a book is marketed to me as written by a HISTORIAN, I don t expect to find glaring inaccuracies within the first 20% A Macedonian with a Hebrew name in the 4th Century BC Really I m a total amateur when it comes to Alexander the Great and the period in which he lived so I should not be noticing mistakes made by someone who supposedly knows their shit.And I know it s not a confirmed historical fact, but there are pretty significant theories that Alexander and Hephaestion were lovers significant enough for it to be heavily implied in a major Hollywood production Oliver Stone s 2004 film Alexander At any rate, we know that Alexander himself was not straight his eunuch lover, Bagoas, is almost as famous as Alexander himself I hoped that this novel would at least acknowledge that.Nope Nothing.Thank you Chiara for being a better woman than I am and actually finishing this book I was considering eventually reading the rest until she told me about the disgusting hetero washing Finishing this book is about as appealing as doing my calculus homework was back in high school.As in, I d rather walk from Sydney to Perth in a raging duststorm than even entertain the prospect.I wasn t expecting this book to be a celebration of Alexander and Hephaestion s relationship, but if A HOLLYWOOD FILM can suggest that they were lovers, surely a YA book can at least pay it lip service But no, their queerness is swept under the rug the way queerness has ALWAYS been, and I m so done with it.I wanted so much to like this book but it turned out to everything I feared it would be.Thank you for approving me for this, HarlequinTeen I really appreciate it, and I wish I could give it a better review.Netgalley tells me I m supposed to include a link to the product page, so here but please know that I do not recommend this book At all Not if you like Alexander the Great Not if you like the queerness of historical figures to be acknowledged Not if you like historical accuracy.Look, just watch Oliver Stone s film It s not totally accurate either and Alex and Heph may not even kiss on screen, but at least neither of them are forcibly made heterosexual.DNF d at 17%

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