Dawn of Legends by Eleanor Herman
Prince Alexander of Macedon has battled both men and monsters, but his final war will determine his fate…and the future of mankind. While Macedon’s enemies close in from all corners of the earth, Alexander must fulfil one last prophecy that dictates only he—and he alone—can ensure humanity’s survival against the age of the deadly Spirit Eaters.
As the threads of fate draw Alexander closer to his destiny, an exiled queen will meet a runaway princess, a young sorceress will set the final path of her heart and generals will choose their final battles. Before the light of victory can shine, enemies must become allies, Death must be tamed and hearts must break.
Who will rise and who will die?
Dawn of Legends by Eleanor Herman
Series: Blood of Gods and Royals #4
Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
Published June 26th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
Hardcover, 384 pages
Source: Glasstown Entertainment
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
DAWN OF LEGENDS is the fourth and epic finale to the Blood of Gods and Royals YA fantasy series by Eleanor Herman. It reimagines the life of a young Prince Alexander before he became Alexander the Great. Filled with political intrigue and adventure this series brings the ancient Greek world alive with its rich historical detail, infusing it with myth and magic.
The Last Epic Battle
The realms of ancient Greece, Egypt, and Persia come to vivid life with rich historical detail as Herman intertwines myth and magic while reuniting Prince Alexander of Macedon with his friends in one last, epic stand against the Spirit Eaters.
The Fates, a Palace of Gold and the Fabled Gordion Knot
Once again, the story alternates between Prince Alexander and a cast of fascinating characters, each with their own viewpoints, moving the story into a broad sweep across empires as the last battle unfolds.
As Prince Alexander searches for the Water of Life while trying to unravel the very threads of Fate, his travels will take him to the famous palace of King Midas and the unsolvable Gordian Knot where his path finally crosses with the runaway Persian Princess Zofia.
Amazons, Spirit Eaters and Honey Bees
While spying on the Aesarian Lords, Kat and Jacob uncover a horrible secret about the very nature of the Spirit Easters, while Princess Cynane is building an army of new Amazons yet, hiding her very identity as she trains these warrior women. In the Cimmerian forest, Joseph makes a discovery which nearly cost him his life, but can be used against the Persian army.
Pegasus, the Muses, the Fountain of Youth and Threads of Fate
Throughout the series, and especially in this concluding volume in the Blood of Gods and Royals series, we see Alexander, now a King, and those closest to him, not only battling forces of magic and monster, of war and political intrigue but against the invisible ties of the Fates themselves.
The ending here especially brings them all together and I loved the conclusion the story takes. I will admit, that for those many threads and character's voices to finally come together, it took some patience as far as reading goes. Imagine four books later and you have a lot to recapture for your readers and closure to bring.
In the End
This series was everything I could have wanted for an inspired story about a young Alexander the Great. The ancient world and its history are brought to vivid life as Herman magically infuses it all with the legends and myths surrounding Alexander.
I highly recommend this series to fans of the genre and readers fascinated by the legendary Alexander the Great. I will definitely be picking up more of Eleanor Herman's books!