Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman
Series: Blood of Gods and Royals
Publication Date: June 28 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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.
New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman entwines the real scandals of history with epic fantasy to reimagine the world’s most brilliant ruler, Alexander the Great, in the second book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.
Now, the first book in this series was alright, but hot diggity dang, this was wayyy better than the Legacy of Kings
It’s told through 6 main POVs, and usually I don’t like books that have over 4, but it worked pretty well here since they overlap. I’m still not entirely sure how Zofia’s story ties in with the rest of them (besides the betrothal to Alex, though we know that’s so not happening), but it’s still pretty interesting.
My favorite POVs were Heph and Cynane (I’m still not sure if I love or hate her, though it’s definitely one of the 2). I found Cynanes story really interesting, and she can be badass, though sometimes I really want to slap her. I also liked Zofia’s POV, and I ship her very hard with Ochus.
BUT OMG YOU KNOW WHAT I REALLY REALLY REALLY SHIP?!?!?
Alexander and Kadmus
I know, you’re thinking I’m crazy but hear me out. Just read the book and you’ll see where I’m coming from on this. This may or may not become my OTP depending on what happens in the next book (Pleaaassseeeeeee Eleanor Herman make this happen *bats eyelashes*).
Anyways, I like how all the stories intertwine and come together to paint this huge masterpiece. There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on in this book, and I so can’t wait for the next one.
OHMYGOSH and the ending(s)!!! How many bombs and one person drop in just the last few chapters? A lot, it seems. Just as the shock begins to fade, something else happens/is revealed and boom my mind explodes AGAIN. Especially the very last chapter. The wait for bk 3 is gonna be a tough one.
DEFINITELY reccomend this book! Seriously, if you DNF the first book, pick it up again just so that you can read this one.