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Empire of Dust

(Blood of Gods and Royals #2)

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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
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Hardcover, 372 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Harlequin Teen
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Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
If I could describe this book and this series in one word, it'd be... BORING. The characters are flat. The storylines are slow. The romance is a joke. EIGHT, yes, EIGHT different POVs and yet not one of them could keep me invested in this book. Everything I struggled with Legacy of Kings was even more of a struggle in Empire of Dust. At least Legacy of Kings was mildly interesting here and there, but Empire of Dust was a complete snoozefest. I have zero things to say about this book and series t ...more
Alyssa
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
3.5 stars.


***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman
Book Two of the Blood of Gods and Royals series
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
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Caitlin
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read, 4-stars
This book was SO GREAT!

Honestly I've only seen negative reviews for this series but I'm actually so obsessed with it. Even though there are so many POV's (like 7 or 8 of them it's crazy) I actually like all of the characters! Only problem is that my favourite character is Zo and since her storyline is totally different to everyone else's it means we hardly ever see her! She has maybe 4-5 chapters in the entire book which is damn depressing.

This series is so great. It speaks to my soul with all
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Gunjan (NerdyBirdie)
This book makes me seethe in anger and loathe the characters so much that I have even begin to scoff at listening to the real history of Alexander the Great.


Alexander the Great? Hah! No, it’s more like eight different POVs that I don’t remember asking for. I don’t care about the other characters. They contribute nothing. I want the time back that I spent on this godawful book. This may sound harsh, but I firmly believe as someone who is a huge fan of historical fiction that there is some seriou
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ABookishGift Reviews (Max)
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
whaT THE HELL WAS THAT ENDING HOLY CRAPBUCKETS
Short  Reviews
Jan 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
I never liked the plot in the first book, but at least the first book had the cutesy romantic parts. This book was utterly boring, had 8, yes EIGHT different point of views, and the characters were even more annoying/lamer this time round than in book 1!

Did not finish, and I'm only going to read book 3 to see if Jacob and Kat get together in the end or not.
Jesse Nicholas
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books, fantasy, lgbt
Such a grand adventure. Mixing history with fantasy makes for an exciting story. Full review to come!

EDIT: Review

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 bat
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Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
This pains me so much because this is just not me, but dnf at 57%

I received a copy of Legacy of Kings last year and I was so happy to read it. I was really very interested in the story of Alexander the Great, especially his teenage years. I also really loved the fact that Eleanor Herman is a historian, so even though this has a dash of fantasy with it, the accounts would mostly be true to history. However, I didn't really like it because there were too many POVs. As such, the whole story arc is
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Bailee
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Greek History
Shelves: lgbt, fantasy
Ummmmmmmmmm..

So there were a few plot twists that I really wasn't expecting that seriously make me worry about some of my favorites and their fates in the next book. I'm not sure if this is a trilogy but if it is.. book three is going to be intense. Actually, book three is going to be intense either way. This feels like a series where everything will wrap up and create a perfect little bow in the final book and I cannot wait to see that happen. Even some of the cliffhangers from the first book h
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Giselle
Ooh I'm glad to say this didn't suffer too much from second-book-syndrome where nothing happens. There's a lot of development and a lot more world building. Even though it had slower pacing, I still enjoyed it. There's a lot of declarations of love and usually it felt like they knew each other for five minutes, but okay they all fall in love easily and everyone is beautiful.. I still love the detailed lush writing and the fictional history I'm reading.. can't wait for the third book!
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Epic! It's a rarity when the sequel is almost better than the first book, and I say that having LOVED Legacy of Kings. You can read my review here. I loved this sequel! Everything that I loved about Legacy of Kings was upped in this book, and I didn't think that was possible.

Read my FULL REVIEW here http://mundiemoms.blogspot.com/2016/0...
Jeanna
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Well, when does the next one come out?

In Legacy of Kings, the gods have turned a blind eye to all the happenings of ancient times. However, it seems the gods are truly gone. Prince Alex, giving up his search for the fountain of youth for now, has more pressing matters to attend to. He sends his long-lost sister and his possibly-former best friend on a quest to Egypt to acquire the princess of legend to offer his hand in marriage. His mother, on the other hand, is on a quest of her own—trying to
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Leah (Jane Speare)
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an adventure! While Eleanor Herman sets the stage in Legacy of Kings, she dives into full world building in Empire of Dust. I love seeing how elaborately all the characters’ path’s continue to intertwine, and now the ancient lands and mythologies of Egypt come to life alongside Macedonia. The stakes for everyone are raised even higher now, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Alexis Bauer
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I definitely enjoyed this book way more than the first one. The stories have really picked up, except for Jacob's. I mean we got some new information about him, but I don't enjoy his storyline as much as the other characters. One complaint I here about these books are all the numerous POVs, but honestly with a fantasy like this you need all the POVs to expand the story and make it great.
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Freaking amazing!!! I think this one was better than the first book! But holy crap the wait for book 3 is going to kill me!!!
Aoife
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from Paper Lantern Lit/Harlequin Teen in exchange for an honest review.

This book follows on with the adventures of a 16-year-old Alexander the Great as he struggles to become the great leader we know he will become. His friend Hephaestion is sent on a mission with Katherine, who has a special bond with Alex and a growing affection or Heph but their life may be in danger. Persian princess Zofia is struggling to return to her soldier love while Kat’s sweetheart
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Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Legacy of Kings , so I was extremely excited to get my hands on this book! This book definitely did not disappoint. I love Eleanor's writing style and the way that she seamlessly weaved historical facts into her story. I never felt like I was being bogged down with historical information, but I still felt like I was learning a lot. Eleanor clearly did a lot of research for this series, and it paid off!

There were also so many twists and turns that
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Lisa Mandina
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full review will come on my blog next week. But there's a note in the back of this that the first book was sold to WB network for a possible tv series!!! So cool!!
Jannika
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ich bin ehrlich, ich habe es nicht ganz zu Ende gelesen. Es haben noch knapp 100 Seiten gefehlt aber ich hatte einfach keinen Bock mehr 😅
Diese 10.000 Perspektiven, die verwirrende, langweilige Story und Charaktere, die ich teilweise einfach nur an die Wand klatschen wollte!
War echt so gar nicht meine Reihe...
Erin Arkin
Empire of Dust is the second book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series by Eleanor Herman and if you haven’t yet started this series and you enjoy an epic historical fantasy, you need to read! Also, when I say epic, I mean it. There are a lot of characters and a lot of things happening in these books but once I finished book one, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on book two. Considering everything that goes on in these books, I will tell you up front that I will most likely not cover everything ...more
Eesha Sajid
Nov 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Okay, so i am done with this book and i think that best things in this book were Aristotle and Socrates. considering the fact that they were virtually non-existent (although Aristotle appears in a couple of scenes) one can imagine how the read went!
First of all, the book is basically a travel diary of multiple characters and such plots at times can get tedious, Kat and Heph travelling to some place in Egypt. Queen and Cynane have their own journeys to make. Alex remains busy in running Macedon.
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Jordan (thejordanjournals)
EDIT (Jan 2017): I am changing my rating to round up to 5 stars, as opposed to down to 4 stars.

*I did receive an ARC of this novel at BEA 2016, but all thoughts are my own.

4.5/5 stars, but closer to 4 than 5 (which is why I rounded down).

I liked this one only slightly, and I mean barely slightly less, than the first installment. I just couldn't give it a 5 star like I did the first, even though they are both amazing. I don't know how else to explain my rating haha.

So. Much. More. Is explored
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Yvonne Olson
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

This book was one that I was excited to read, but was also dreading, because I remember just how much of a slump I was in when I read Legacy of Kings last year. I'm so glad I didn't let that stop me, though, because Empire of Dust is TWICE as good, and I'm already itching for the final book, even though this one isn't even out yet!
I'm seriouslyy dying here.
The character development has me drooling. Zofia and Cyn grow and continue to draw me in,
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Madison
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Eleanor Herman has done it again... The second installment in the 'Blood of Gods and Royals' series has all the charm of the first novel, but it contains something more. The characters and plot develop wonderfully in this lush, intense, and beautiful sequel.
Dark Faerie Tales
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-tara
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A quick and easy historical fiction sequel full of action, adventure, and magic.

Opening Sentence: Leaves rustling. Branches creaking. The tinkle of tiny bells and cymbals creeps toward her on the wind.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

After reading Legacy of Kings, I was excited to see where the author would take the story in Empire of Dust. She did not disappoint in this sequel. In fact, I would go so far as to say that this is one of the rare sequels
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Laurence
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Zachary Flye
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Actual Rating 4.5 stars

Review:

Characters: Once again this book takes us through this story through many different points of view, but for the purpose of this review I'll stick with the main characters. First we have Kat, who has recently found out that she's the twin sister of Alexander, the prince of Macedon, but her birth mother still hunts her for unknown reasons, to keep her safe Alex sends her and his friend Hephaestion, on an adventure to help protect Macedon from further threats. Alex is
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Stephanie Bain
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review!

I loved this sequel. It was exciting to get to see more magic, understand how it came about, the terrible things that are truly hidden and seeing more from these characters.

Its still at a slower pace which again i feel makes the story what it is. Its not this fast paced action packed be done with book. This series is very slow burning. You get to see so many people and seeing how all of them intertwine with each other takes time and eleanor
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Mycoton32
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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17/20 - J'ai une nouvelle fois adoré l'alternance des points de vue et la façon dont chaque personnage évolue au contact des autres ! L'intrigue est palpitante et nous réserve quelques surprises....
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Other books in the series

Blood of Gods and Royals (4 books)
  • Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals, #1)
  • Reign of Serpents (Blood of Gods and Royals, #3)
  • Dawn of Legends (Blood of Gods and Royals #4)