Friday, August 7, 2015

Mini Review: Voice of Gods (Blood of Gods and Royals #0.5) by EleanorHerman

Author: Eleanor Herman 
Series: Blood of Gods and Royals
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Retelling, Novella
Release Date: July 15, 2015
Format: Ebook
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Summary From Goodreads: 
As the end of an age approaches, gods whisper horrors, families scheme for power, and one woman may hold the secret to a lost legacy.
At 19, Ada of Caria yearns to take the Snake Blood throne from her mad older siblings—and seeks the help of a young orphaned girl named Helen, the first True Oracle to have walked the earth in more than three hundred years. 
Helen may be able to channel the voice of the gods, but she hates her gift, and will do anything to get rid of it—even lie to her best friend, Myrtale, the priestess-princess of Epirus who is destined to marry King Philip II of Macedon even though she loves another. And in the shadows lurks a handsome green-eyed stranger who has more at stake—and more to lose—than anyone could possibly imagine.Amid jealousy and heartbreak, torrid affairs and secret rendezvous, it is spoken by the gods that either Helen or Myrtale —newly named Olympias— will carry the destiny of the known world within her womb.
The prequel to Legacy of Kings, Voice of Gods traces the intricate web of love and betrayal that led up to the birth of history’s most powerful leader, Alexander the Great.

My Thoughts 

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 greed and evilness. Ada ensures her safety from her siblings and the Aeserian Lords by sending her off to the city of Epirus. 

At Epirus, Helen befriends the Princess, Myrtale. Myrtale sought the oracle for advice on her future marriage because she is currently in love with a mysterious man named Riel. However, there is more to Riel than appears, for he used to belong to a godly realm. Riel uses Helen's ability in attempt to reunite with the gods. 
Myrtale eventually agrees to marry Philip and brings Helen along with her to Macedon. Her marriage with Philip eventually turns her cold-hearted and power hungry. Soon enough, the friendship between Myrtale and Helen fades to jealousy and bitterness. Now called Olympias, Myrtale discovers that she is pregnant with a boy, who will become Prince Alexander. However, Helen’s latest prophecy shows that Alexander and an unknown girl will either throw the world into an age of monsters or an age of men. With this knowledge, Helen flees back to Ada, the only person she trusts with her secrets.

Voice of Gods was honestly an outstanding novella that led  up perfectly to Legacy of Kings. Voice of Gods describes the backstory of these three main characters, showing how their events shaped them into the person we meet in Legacy of Kings. I highly recommend reading the prequel beforehand because of the wonderful insight given to the characters of Helen, Ada, and Olympias. Voice of Gods is definitely a fast-paced, intriguing read. And even better, it’s currently free!

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New York Times best-seller Eleanor Herman brings her skills as a historian to an exciting new Young Adult series on Alexander the Great at sixteen, the four-book Legacy of Kings: Blood of Gods and Royals.
Eleanor lives with her husband, their black lab, and her four very dignified cats in McLean, VA. She is a member of the National Press Club, where she often moderates book events, a queen mother of Cameroon, an elections officer, and a volunteer for the aging in Fairfax County, VA.

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