This is Philippa and Angelya’s joint audio review for Eleanor Herman’s new YA historical book, Legacy of Kings. The review is an extract from episode 33 of Tea in the Treetops Podcast, originally recorded on September 25, 2015.
You might also like to read the prequel to Legacy of Kings, a novella titled Voice of Gods. It’s currently available on Amazon for free.
Legacy of Kings has been optioned by Warner Bros Studios to be produced by Simon Helberg.
Mentioned Lion of Macedon by David Gemmell
Quotes from the review:
A: A bit Game-of-Thrones-y…
P: Also a bit Hunger-Games-esque. It’s worth getting through the first bits (that are similar to Hunger Games).
A: There are a lot of different points of view, and not all of them meet each other.
P: I didn’t really care what happened to the characters.
A: But I loved the Queen. She was the perfect villain!
P: I feel like I’ve given this a bad rap but I really did enjoy reading it.
Speechless, where to start - how to write anything that doesn't possibly spoil things for other readers???!!! This was such a phenomenal book well worSpeechless, where to start - how to write anything that doesn't possibly spoil things for other readers???!!! This was such a phenomenal book well worth the year long wait. I didn't want to put it down, I felt all the feels with this one and the ending wow I can't wait to find out where things go next as I have no idea!
A proper carefully crafted review will be out shortly - though its going to be a hard one to write! Totally need to vent about this book with other fans now!
I was so excited to find a copy of this book in the mail! I loved the Percy Jackson series and the idea of another Rick Riordan series featuring NorseI was so excited to find a copy of this book in the mail! I loved the Percy Jackson series and the idea of another Rick Riordan series featuring Norse mythology? Yes Please! Though this book was a hefty 550 odd pages it was a fast paced enjoyable page turner and I enjoyed every minute of it.
The story starts on the eve of his 16th birthday with troubled teenager Magnus Chase living on the streets surviving day by day since his mother’s death two years earlier. When another homeless friend warns him that two people are handing out flyers looking for him, Magnus soon finds himself caught up in the middle of part family legend and part drama as his rich and suspicious uncle tells him a story about Boston but not as we know it.
In a few short hours Magnus discovers his father isn’t what he thought he was and he finds himself facing down an evil fire lord who is determined to destroy Earth and the other 8 worlds of Norse lore. In an act of bravery and perhaps stupidity Magnus sacrifices himself in order to save the other people trapped on the bridge during the show down and he finds himself dead.
This is just the beginning of an epic story where Magnus is brought to be a warrior of Valhalla, a hotel for the dead heroes waiting for Ragnarok (the final battle in Norse mythology). Soon he finds himself alongside his recently outcast Valkyrie, Samirah as well as his dwarf and elf protectors on a quest to delay the final battle and find the legendary Sword of Summer.
Like previous Rick Riordan books this novel is a great combination of mythology, adventure and quirky humour. I love his spin on hotel Valhalla and the personalities of each of the gods was sheer comical genius. Thor and his TV show obsession, Freya and her love of shiny things – these were just a couple of examples, it was pure entertainment to read.
The four main characters were all enjoyable and complemented each other well. There is no romance in this story and it was refreshing to be completely honest – it certainly didn’t detract at all from the story and instead let you focus on the journey this odd group was on.
In some ways this story was too similar or perhaps familiar is a better word, to the Percy Jackson series. It’s been a long time since I’ve read them but I felt a strong sense of deja vu with parallels on the short time frame to stop the end of the world, the sudden discovery that they lost days of time and now have even less time to complete their quest as just a couple of examples on how the plotting was remarkably alike.
That being said it was still a unique protagonist and it brought with it new mythology and this definitely was enough to feel it worth a read even if you have read his previous works. The other good thing is that while there are some insider jokes and cameos from his Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series this is a completely new book and it can be read on its own.
If you’re wanting to get into a Rick Riordan book and see what the fuss is about this is a great way to start. ...more