Royalty. Magic. Love. Betrayal.
It’s in Their Blood.
Alexander, Macedon’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world.
Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while keeping hidden her own mission: kill the queen.
Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.
And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess, seeks the deadly Spirit Eaters to alter her destiny.
Aw man. I really love historical fantasy, especially about the Greeks so this really just ticked all the boxes for me. Especially as it was about Alexander the Great so that just really was the icing on this truly spectacular cake for me. Also it was just what I needed to kick me out of that truly horrible reading slump that I think Golden put me into – but that’s for another review.
This book had it all. It was exciting, beautiful, well developed, the plot was gripping and the characters were very human. Also the magic system was awesome. It was so well developed and it fit in so well with the belief system that it all seemed so real, as if everything she was writing was fact not fiction. I mean it was very fun fiction that was way more interesting than the truth. Not that the truth is dull, not in the slightest. I feel like I have just dug myself a hole so rather than trying to fill it back up, I’m just not going to say anything.
This book has everything you could need for a first book and that’s what makes it so special. Everything is explained to you and there are no unanswered questions. It’s just completely perfect. There is no excess of information to confuse you and there isn’t too little information to again, confuse you. It has just the right amount so that your brain stays confusion free.
There is a major plot twist that doesn’t come into play until later in the novel, but it is there for you to see all the way through and that makes me p happy. Especially as this is the first time in like the history of always that I have seen the end game plot twist from the beginning. Just be proud of me for a quick second. I have always been slow when it comes to things like this so the fact that I saw it so soon and was right!? Best day ever.
As far as I am aware there were no lamps in this book. Every female character had a use and was utilised to her full ability. Also I really liked how it was the women of the castle who were of greatest use to Katerina and that they did what they could to help her. I think that it really showed to the truth of female relationships, which is very dislike how the media portrays them. There was one piece of character development that seemed very out of place however, and that was Jacob’s sudden decision to become a Lord. From what we were shown of his character, both from Katerina’s perspective and his own it did not seem like something that he would do. I get that it was needed for the plot to work, but even so it just didn’t make sense. The way that he was written after his becoming a Lord seemed as if he wasn’t capable of even attempting to become one fully and that he was just doing it for the honor and money and not because it was something that he actually believed in or was even capable of believing in. It just seemed like a really weak decision that seemed to have no prior thought behind and was a complete spur of the moment thing. Basically what I am saying is that this is one of the less good bits of writing in the book. It makes almost no sense and aside from extending the plot it has almost no use. Although I am now starting to realise that this book is plot driven and not character driven which makes Jacob’s decision slightly more okay. But still not completely justified.
The authors use of perspective switching was really effective and it humanised one of the villains which I really liked. It helped to keep her from becoming a caricature of herself and allowed the author to add more depth to her character without allowing the other characters to have more than necessary sympathy for her. However the author’s choice of tense was really weird and kind of off putting for me. It mean that I had a harder time getting into the book than I would have if the book had been in past rather than present tense. As she did decide to use present tense she definitely could have utilised it a bit more for the more violent scenes. They just didn’t have the liveliness that I know they could have if she had decided to make more of them.
In my initial review on Goodreads I gave the book 5/5 stars but after coming off of the I just finished a really good book high and actually putting some thought into the book I am going to have to give it 4/5 stars as it was kind of weak. But that doesn’t mean that it was a terrible book, not at all. In fact the sooner you can read it the better lads.
Have fun and Happy reading,