be a bita bit but I read So Many Unoriginal Fantasy many unoriginal fantasy that I don 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 chapterA girl called Katniss is hunting in the woods when she is suddenly distracted by her longtime best friend turned sexgod Gale Jacob A 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 eual parts playmate and pest Now he has grown taller and handsomer and somehow resists falling into either category the way he used to Jacob 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 lives You can t go she says uickly They ll kill ou You re only seventeen Some of the contestants are Olympic athletes professional wrestlers and soldiers When it becomes obvious she can t stop him she gives him a brooch for luck she removes the long iron pin from her shoulder She holds it between them Take it To protect Winter Magic you in the games Please 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 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 aoung 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 Bird Habitats in Britain yet the magic and mystery was all fictionI 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 beforeou 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 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 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 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 truths1 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 misuote Katy PerrySo 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 uote after a ueen accidentally mistook Hephaestion for Alexander Oh The Guitar Style of Jerry Reed yeah also the philosopher Diogenes this man is the ultimate sass master btw sent a letter that was basically dude man up stopielding to Hephaestion s thighs could الإيضاح لمتن ايساغوجي في المنطق you even believe Without meou would be nothing OR PERSEPOLIS THIS FUCKER GAVE HEPHAESTION A 15 BILLION POUND FUNERAL I SHIT YOU NOTYeah this is way too long just to make a point but Riders of the Sea 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 whenou 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 1000010 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. Nació con la marca de los elegidos la cicatriz del guerrero Con trece años Alejandro Jewish Women Speak About Jewish Matters ya había sido instruido en las artes las estrategias militares Ahora con dieciséis bajo el título de príncipe regente debe derrotar a su primer gran enemigo Pero la espada no sirve allá donde se extiende el reino de la magia la brujeríaAlejandro. He sent his army on a death march though Gedrosia where supposedly three uarters died in the desert on purpose death march though Gedrosia where supposedly three uarters died in the desert on purpose 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 workedLike Yeah Who the hell is so obsessed with his own success that he can actually pull of this sort of thingSo this Alexander who does not deserve the Great in this he can actually pull of this sort of thingSo this Alexander who does not deserve the Great in this 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 uicksand 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 ears 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 uicksand transported into the arena Anyway the very existence of the Tournament is to me rather unbelievable If The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach To Television Scripts you were King how wouldou choose NV Level 3 Health and Social Care your elite unit of warriors Soldiers that had already served inour army for Writing in the Dust: After September 11 years forou to observe their uality skill and obedience or people like seventeen ear 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 tonot recognised the flaw I had placed my trust in the author expecting that they took time to their research SHIT I FORGOTOkaySo in Chapter 1 Jacob was all Kat bby I love ou wait for me to come home so I can marry ou 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 historyNote I ve never heard of Zofia btw Damn the history nerd in me is so happy Daaaaaaaaaaaamn this was really good Full review to come 35This 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 Reviewed by Rabid ReadsThere s a certain rivalry between English and History majors The university I attended reuired its students to attend a weekly convocation Several times a ear 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 uite 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 fictionBUTI think Herman did a far better job at bridging. De dieciséis años de edad está a punto de descubrir ue su destino es conuistar el mundo conocido al mismo tiempo ue se siente profundamente fascinado por una recién llegadaKaterina debe navegar por los oscuros secretos de la vida de la corte mientras mantiene oculta su verdadera misión matar a la reina Y no es consciente de ue ha enco.
Eleanor Herman ☆ 3 reviewThe gap from history to fiction than Herodotus thought of Homer s attempt at the opposite Although I 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 ou get what I m saying ALL of That being said Herman s background is clearly evident in LEGACY OF KINGS mostly in good ways but not always being said Herman s background is clearly evident in LEGACY OF KINGS mostly in good ways but not always for a list I m going with the cons first bc 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 CapisceCONS1 Sometimes the facts are crammed into the fiction like Herman just couldn t help herself rather than being smoothly interwovenThe most obvious example is the references to Aristotle who tutored Alexander the boy Each of the five sections begin with an Aristotle uote but there are numerous other mentions some of them feeling almost like Alexander is name dropping Aristotle 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 is In 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 enemy covered in silver with amethysts for eyes Then again maybe there s some primary document that supports the claim and my internet search couldn t find it 2 Third person present tenseI don t like it It s distracting The only POV I like less is first person present tense However after 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 KaterinaIn 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 remains all the boys love Katerina4 A six ear old girl is killed in a completely manufactured situationThis is a personal peeve but it s one I m sure many of RTA - CIP B702.6 - Renault Clio III, phase 1 de 09/05 a 03/08 you share ifou re going to kill a child there had better be a darn good reason and it had better be believably unavoidable view spoilerNo matter how I spin it I do not believe a six ear 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 andor entourage or would a nurse mentally deficient enough to follow such a command be allowed the charge of said princessIt 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 wakeNope 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 fateBUT Zo is a determined oung 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 deathIt 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 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 uibbles with it Some of them are kind of ridiculous uibbles but SOME ARE LARGE FRUSTRATED ONES I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewGet ready for the honestyThis was one of my most anticipated releases of this HERBALISM WORLD: This book includes: year As soon as I heard about it I wanted itUnfortunately I m not even going to finish this I love Alexander the Great I find him endless. Ntrado su primer amorJacob empleará todas sus fuerzas en conseguir a Katerina aunue para ella tenga ue enfrentarse a Hefestión el protegido del príncipeY al otro lado del mar Zofia una princesa persa prometida contra su voluntad a Alejandro uiere cambiar su destino mediante la búsueda de los famosos Kim Deal and Me y letales Devoradores de Espíritus.