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La voce degli dei

(Blood of Gods and Royals 0.5)

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  480 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Si avvicina la fine di un'era, e mentre gli dei minacciano orrori senza fine e i re tramano per impadronirsi del potere, una donna custodisce il segreto di un'eredità perduta...

A diciannove anni, Ada di Caria vuole sottrarre il trono alla sorella maggiore e per farlo chiede aiuto a Elena, la voce degli dei, il primo vero oracolo a camminare sulla terra da più di trecento
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Kindle Edition, 142 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by HarperCollins Italia (first published July 15th 2015)
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
3.5 stars

ALSO, having finished LEGACY OF KINGS, I can now state with authority that you really should read this before the first full book. Otherwise, you'll have no idea why what's happening is happening. Neither do the MCs (yet), so you'll be ignorant together, but, personally, I prefer not to be ignorant.

Entertaining content, but told in third person present tense (which I HATE). Also, the writing was periodically . . . juvenile? Overly simplistic? Like instead of going for substance, a chara
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Kayla (BOOKadoodles)
Wow, what a novella. Cannot WAIT to read Legacy of Kings now!
Nara
If Legacy of Kings is about the level of this novella, I'm thinking it's going to be three or four stars- probably three. It reads a bit clumsily, as if the author isn't really used to writing in a historical/epic fantasy sort of tone. The prophecies definitely aren't the most elegant I've heard (even the ones in PJO, which is a MG series, were a lot more elegant), and the characters are all very archetypical. Then again, this is just the prequel novella, so perhaps things are better developed i ...more
Rachel Friars
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You guys may or may not know that I'm not normally a reader of companion novellas, but this makes me want to start. Long story short, I loved this, and I wanted it to be longer. It had me like 'ouuuuu no she didn't!' the whole time, but it was also really intense and revealing.
This novella follows the parents of two main characters in LEGACY OF KINGS, Katerina and Alexander. And I loved every single one of these people. Olympias, who I already enjoyed as the perfect villain, but watching her tur
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Stacey Kym
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reviews
'Voice of Gods' was a prequel I am in AWE of! If this is the standard of Eleanor Herman's writing in this prequel than I can only IMAGINE her standard in 'Legacy of Kings'. I've read 'Voice of Gods' first and before 'Legacy of Kings' upon recommendation from other reviewers. This prequel was really enchanting: Complex prose, unbelievable grammar, twisting plot and tangible characters. I can't say enough about it, only that I am deeply upset that its average rating so far is a meagre 3.99 stars! ...more
Bailee
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I FINALLY UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING
If you're going to read Legacy of Kings I highly recommend reading this book first. I didn't think it was necessary because it's a novella. But, trust me, it's necessary. Also, it's free on Amazon! So you should all check it out!
Amanda F
This review (among others) can also be read on my blog: bookrecsandpaperweights.wordpress.com

I had fairly high hopes for this novella, mostly because I've been really excited about reading Legacy of Kings, which is the first full-length novel in this series. Sadly, I was fairly disappointed by this book, for several reasons.

First, I found the time jumps between chapters really abrupt. Almost every chapter opens with "three years later", "a week later", "three weeks later", and after a while, I j
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M
3.25

Story and characters are intriguing, but something about the writing just feels so much like a soap opera or something else entirely too modern. Not that historical fiction should be super pretentious with its language, but after reading The Bear and the Nightingale - which has incredibly atmospheric writing that feels true to the era (and even to the cadence or flow of the language they would be speaking in, somehow) - I think the writing can feel old or at least timeless and still not be p
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Zachary Flye
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review:

Protagonist: While this novella has a few third person POVs the main focus is on the character of Helen. Helen is a young girl who has the power to hear the Voice of the Gods. This is a power that is not only extremely rare, but is coveted greatly for the prophecies she hears. Helen has a bit of a love-hate relationship with her gift. She loves it because it has saved her life many times, but she also hates how it's coveted and because of that she's in constant danger. I really loved the
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Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)
Voice of Gods by Eleanor Herman is a prequel novella to her Blood of Gods and Royals series - Legacy of Kings being the first official one.

Interestingly enough, I read novella's very rarely, but I really wanted to read Voice of Gods because I wanted to return to this particular world (I had read Legacy of Kings beforehand). And right at the start I instantly felt back at home in the world. The writing sucked me right in and I had absolutely no problems envisioning the world that the words were c
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Chiara
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have rarely read such an intricate and well researched novel(la) before. Everything about Voice of Gods was detailed, to the point of perfection. Every place that was visited by any one of the characters was completely and utterly visible in my mind. I love not having to imagine places because of lack of ample description, and Voice of Gods was in the opposite in this respect.

I love that I was able to read this prequel novella without knowing much about the novel that follows. All I know is th
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Ariel
I admit that I didn't love Legacy of Kings, so I was a bit reluctant to start Voice of Gods, the prequel novel. However, I’m glad I gave it a try because I really enjoyed it! I actually liked it more than Legacy of Kings itself.

Voice of Gods is about the story of Helen, the latest oracle. Escaping from the Aeserian Lords, who are after her magic, she runs into Ada of Caria. Ada takes her in, but after her older siblings discover Helen’s prophesizing ability, she is no longer safe from their gre
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Rachel Wagner
Nov 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was much worse than the other two which I read first. the first two were thrilling and engaging and this was boring. The writing was good in this prequel but the depth of character and the plot was not done well at all. I thought that role of Ada was completely misused and provided little to no use for reading the first and second books. I did think that the family relationship with Ada's family provided some element of intrigue due to the slight disgust that came with the incest. The ...more
Elena
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, reviewed, fantasy, 2016
3.5 stars.

Voice of Gods is a very nice short story, both because it gives some interesting background to the main characters of the following books, and because it definitely made me excited to pick up this series.

What I enjoyed the most was the setting and world building. I loved how Eleanor Herman interweaved historical traditions with mythology and magic. I really can't wait to see more of this world because it was really fascinating.

The characters were likeable enough. The story follows thr
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Diana
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting set up for the full length novel (which I will be reading shortly), but it kind of felt like the author threw it together as an after thought. I hope Legacy of Kings is a bit more polished because I sorta have high hopes for it. . .
Areeba
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked voice of gods. The only thing I didn't like was too much talk of lovers. I mostly enjoyed it on Ada's POVs and occasionally on Helen's. I recommend this to everyone who is a fan of greek gods, oracles, and prophesies yet to happen. Btw I was really confused by the end of the book.
Imani
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: girl-power, novellas
Ancient Grecian novella? Just what I expected. So much drama! Can't wait for the next book!
Stephanie Marie
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, novellas
I just love this story and this author. I would recommend reading this after Legacy of Kings like I did. I think I would have been confused reading this first. I need the next book!
Holly
Couldn't get past the first few chapters. Just not my thing. Characters were getting on my nerves too quickly. POV shift didn't work for me.
May
In some ways, this novella reminds me of Stephanie Thornton's The Conqueror's Wives where the story about Alexander the Great is told through the eyes of three women whose lives are interconnected with his. Herman's book is slightly different but keeps the same vein of three women's whose lives and loves will have a huge impact on Alexander's life or at least his beginning, since I have not read The Legacy of Kings yet.

Like many novellas, character development is somewhat clumsy as the format'
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Priya
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone that knows me knows how much I love history and magic. So when I heard about this series, I was very eager to read it. I did enjoy reading this and I particularly liked the elements of magic that were incorporated. There were times that I felt that the writing was a bit lagging but for the most part the writing and the plot were nice. I enjoyed Ada's story more compared to Helen's because I felt that Helen tried to suppress her powers more while Ada embraced hers. I liked Myrtale - or sho ...more
Abigail Carlson
3 stars

For anyone who reads this series, this novella is crucial in understanding what all is happening. Getting the backstory on some important and secondary characters was interesting and even fun to read.

That being said, Herman's narrative is choppy and in first person present. For me, this is very difficult to get into. The plot wasn't clear until almost the end and even then, it was a vague storyline.

Her characters are her strongest element in her books. All the characters were distinct an
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Meghan Coffey
I could definitely tell this e-book was written for filler info and not for its own merit. I was not a fan of the writing style, didn't really care for the characters except for maybe Helen in the last ten or so pages. It took forever to read despite it being only 142 or so pages. I'm really hoping Legacy of Kings is better and reads better and is overall more entertaining or else I'll have suffered for nothing.
Vidhi
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was fairly skeptical of this for the first 30 pages or so, it seemed like plain writing with even blander prophecies. But soon, I was incredibly hooked. I have yet to read the Legacy or Kings, yet even so I am already so deeply entrenched in the world of Ancient Greece. If you’re a fan of history, mythology, lore, and exploring the unknown, this is the story for you.
Rebecca (whenallotherlightsgoout)
It started out interesting enough, but the characters are really two dimensional and shallow. The plot was not really fleshed out either. I skimmed over half of the book because I wasn't really interested in the story. I'm still going to try Legacy of Kings, hoping that it is better than a prequel novella.
Alexandra
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-kindle
For the full version of this review as well as other reviews and features go to SleepsOnTables.

Seeing as Voice of Gods is a novella, this will be a shorter review in which I get short, sweet, and to the point. Voice of Gods is the prequel to Legacy of Kings, the first in Eleanor Herman’s YA historical fiction/fantasy series. Now I did things a little backwards, reading the first book before reading the prequel novella, I swear I always do that with series, but if you missed my review of Legacy o
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Cristina Guarino
Update (8/31/15): after reading most of Legacy of Kings and being very close to DNFing it, I dropped this from a 4-star to a 3 star rating. I thought the novella was entertaining enough, but had a nagging feeling as I was writing this that I was being too generous with my rating. After being reminded of all the issues that annoyed me in this book though Legacy of Kings (and a whole bunch of other issues, which I'll get to in my review of it when I finally finish it), I decided to be more realist ...more
Angelina
Originally posted on Fables Library

Thank you to Paper Lit Lantern for letting us be a VIP Trendsetter and for the ability to read Voice of Gods and Legacy of Kings!

Voices of Gods happens before Legacy of Kings, so this review will be spoiler of free! If you want to read our review on Legacy of Kings, click -----> Legacy of Kings Review !

Okay, on to the review!
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Angelina: Well I think this was certainly more entertaining because there were LESS points of views than in Legacy of K
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Victoria
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 out of 5
Voice of Gods, the prequel to Eleanor Herman’s first novel in the Blood of Gods and Royals series, tells the story of three women who are catalysts in this fictional rendition of Alexander the Great’s legacy. There is Helen, the young oracle who detests her fate and feels so lonely despite the voices that crowd her mind; Ada, Helen’s friend and sister to the incestuous king and queen of Caria, who fears she may be destined to live the same life that the king and queen chose; and Myrtal
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Ashley
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, own, 2015, fantasy
I'm going to be completely honest, this story started out clunky. It through you right into the action with a character that honestly even after reading the whole novella can be kind of bland sometimes. I just didn't connect in the beginning to this girl who everything centered around.

That quickly changed though. I was swept up in this world. This story is told in alternating perspectives. It moves from Helen to the other people she interacts with heavily particularly Ada and Myrtale. As a resul
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Blood of Gods and Royals (4 books)
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