So sorry for the wait. I have been in the process of moving from one state to another so I haven’t really had that much time to read in the process.
So book 32 is the second book in a series that I started back in May, the Legacy of Kings. The second book is called the Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman. The book is a new way to look at Alexander the Great. The author adds magic and prophecies to the legacy of one of the greatest rulers of the ancient world.
So when we last saw the characters in Legacy of Kings, Kat has recovered mysteriously from a wound that should have killed her, Hephestian killed the leader of the Assyrian lords when he shouldn’t have, Jacob gave his last kiss to Kat when he thought she was dying on the battle field, and Zophia and Cynane are both captured. Most importantly, we the readers find out that there is something bigger going on then the fight for Macedon. The bigger picture is that the magic users can all trace their lines back to 2 gods that fought of the Spirit Eaters, the real villains in this story (or we are meant to see it that way). These 2 gods are important to the story, so remember that.
So character wise, we see a development in Kat, Alex and Hephestian. Zophia is more annoying in this book than the last, Jacob doesn’t make much sense to me, and Cynane’s storyline is weird.
Kat is in turmoil, as is expected. She found out her mother is someone she hates and now has killed the only family she knew. Not only that, she has lost Jacob, the man she wanted to marry after she completed her mission on finding out about Helen’s murder and why it happened. Add on to that, she is trying to master her abilities with Blood Magic and her growing feelings for Hephestian. Hephestian is growing some but he kind of starts to self-destruct. He loves Kat but knows that she still has feelings for Jacob and that there is part of her that can destroy everything he hold dear. Alex now feels the weight of being a ruler. He can start to see himself turing into his father and believes that is how a ruler is supposed to be but quickly finds out that he must be different if he is to be a better ruler.
Zophia seems to be more and more in trouble. Ochus captured her and holds her prisoner but it seems there is more to it. Ochus was sent to kill her but couldn’t because he fell in love (no real development on that) and Zo realized that she has fallen for him to when he leaves her to defend herself (wow, so much for Casmas, the previous love of her life). Cynane now want to take back the throne on her mother’s side. We leave her captured by the Assyrian Lords, but that is temporary. She can heal herself, but not with her own magic, seems someone powerful wants her to stay alive. He is a shadow being and is trying to guide Cynane back to her mother’s land. Evidently she has a destiny all her own. I find it interesting that the guard that the Queen instructs to make sure Cynane gets to her future husband (yep, she was sold to a king to be a queen) is named Priam, the same name of the king of Troy when the Greeks attacked it.
So the book ends with Kat and Heph freeing an Egyptian princess from a curse from a god, Cynane going back to her mother’s homeland as a bride, Zophia getting on the back of a Pegasus heading to the Flaming Cliffs to free the Spirit Eaters to change her fate, and Alex now seems possessed one of the gods that his mother freed through a weird ritual. The same god that is supposed to be Alex and Kat’s father, or so it is hinted.
All in all, I think I will finish the series but not just yet. The last book just came out and I think I will wait a little before I get it. Might get the audiobook instead, since that is how I started it. Though the audio book takes too long in my opinion. Well, I will see you next book.
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