Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman (Blood of Gods and Royals #2) | REVIEW

Empire of DustEmpire of Dust by Eleanor Herman (Blood of Gods and Royals #2)
Published by Harlequin Teen on June 28th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover

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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.


4 Stars

* Received an ARC from Harlequin Teen via NetGalley for a honest review *

First Line:

Leaves rustling, branches creaking.


COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟


WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟       WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Good

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman is the second book in the Blood of God and Royals series about the fantastical life of Alexander the Great as a teenager. Empire of Dust picks up right after Legacy of Kings and the big battle at the end. Alexander is still acting regent to the throne while his father is away, his mother has disappeared, Kat and Heph are healing up from the battle, Jacob retreated with the other Aesarian Lords, Cynane was taken captive, and Zo is on the run from being killed.

There is fantastic character growth this time around. All the characters are adapting to their current situations and making the best of what is to come. Alex still feels the pressure of his empire on his shoulders. His powers are growing as he learns new information about his true origins. While Kat and Heph’s feelings for each other begin to deepen on their journey to Egypt. Jacob finds a new mission to keep himself occupied while Cyn is back to her scheming ways. Finally Zo starts growing a back bone taking charge of her life.

This book has a lot of POV’s, but don’t let that be a turn off for you. It is continually progressing in a rapid manner that makes things more exciting. The story keeps moving even when the characters POV isn’t being told, so we get to miss all the boring aspects that make having multiple POV’s in a book horrible. Herman’s writing only elevates the story. I love how she includes history with touches of fantastical elements that keep making the story seem fresh and not like a textbook.

We finally get to see more of Greece and the Persian Empire this time around. But not only that but we also travel to Egypt as well. The descriptions and pictures being painted in my imagination was amazing. Herman really knows her stuff!

The Bad

Empire of Dust was a pretty solid sequel. But it wasn’t without it’s issues. The plot progressed, but is still not quite clear. I can see the direction it’s going and the stepping stones to get there have been placed, but it’s still never made clear what is going to happen. I guess that builds the momentum to keep reading though.

There was only one battle scene this time around, and I was a little disappointed. This is just a personal preference, but I like a book with more action packed scenes in them. So here’s hoping that there will be more in the next one!

Finally I want to talk about what the point of having Zo in the story at all is? Maybe she plays a bigger part in the future, but I find her chapters to be dull and they don’t really add too much to the storyline.

A steady improvement for a sequel. Let me know what you guys thought of Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3




Eleanor HermanEleanor Herman is the New York Times Bestselling author of Sex with Kings, as well as three other works of nonfiction: Sex with the Queen, Mistress of the Vatican, and King Peggy. Obsessed by all things royal and historical, she lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and four extremely dignified cats. Legacy of Kings is her first Young Adult novel.

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Jesse Nicholas lives in Toronto, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult and Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. He is currently posts reviews on the novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future stories.

9 thoughts on “Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman (Blood of Gods and Royals #2) | REVIEW”

      1. Yeah, she’s a bit all over the place. I’m going to side with her circumstances. It’s totally normal under distress to start falling in love with your captor. We’ll see how it plays out now that she has a Pegasus and she’s closer to the sin eaters.

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