DNF Review: Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman

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Title: Empire of Dust
Author: Eleanor Herman
Series: Blood of Gods and Royals #2
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: June 28th, 2016
Pages: 432
My Rating: -

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 conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt.

The warrior, Jacob, determined to forget his first love, vows to eradicate the ancient Blood Magics and believes that royal prisoner Cynane holds the key to Macedon's undoing.

And in chains, the Persian princess Zofia still longs to find the Spirit Eaters, but first must grapple with the secrets of her handsome—and deadly—captor.

New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman entwines the real scandals of history with epic fantasy to reimagine the world's most brilliant ruler, Alexander the Great, in the second book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

  I was given an ARC by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

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 just actually really short. At the end of the book, I was so unfulfilled because I felt like the events were still too few.

When I received a copy of Empire of Dust for review, I literally screamed with joy because I thought I would finally get the story that I so wanted to know more of. However, it turns out that I have the same problem with this one as I did the first book. Still, there are so many POVs and still, at 57%, there is nothing truly interesting going on. It still feels like I'm in the first few chapters of the book, instead of being past the middle.

One thing you guys should know about me is that I rarely dnf a book. I think the number of books I've dnf-ed in my entire life amounts to less than 10 books. However, it just so happens that I really have a lot of things on my plate now and this is just not cutting it. I've been reading this book for days and days already, and I just don't have the patience right now to sit through it again (since it already happened in the first book).

I might get back to reading this one once I have more free time because honestly, this is a really interesting story. It's very unique and it would be a waste not to know what happened. I think that this book truly has the potential to be amazing. It's just that it's at a much slower pace than I prefer.

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8 thoughts

  1. I never picked up Legacy of Kings because I did hear that it was a bit of a let down. Sucks to hear it's sequel isn't that great either! I feel your pain at having to DNF a book, I hate doing it as well!

  2. I hate DNFing as well. I very rarely do it. But honestly sometimes it's a good thing. I wasn't sure I was going to read this. I was waiting to see some reviews mostly because I felt the same way about Legacy of Kings. I didn't love it. The multiple POVs were excessive and the story was pretty basic for me as well. Sorry you didn't like the sequel either.
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

    1. That's true, although I feel a little guilt every time I do it, especially when the book is for review. Well, I hope you enjoy this more than me if you ever decide to read it. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. I also got a copy of the first book in this series for review and felt the same way as you. I was SO excited to read a book about Alexander the Great, but the multiple POVs (wasn't it seven?) really ruined it for me. I wish the author had listened to her readers and cut back on all the main characters this time around. I can't blame you for DNFing this one. :/ Great review!

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

  4. Right? I thought that something better was going to happen in this book, but I just kept waiting and waiting and nothing came. I think this would cater to adult audiences more than young adult ones because we are so used to fast-paced fantasies.

  5. Omg. As someone who hasn't DNFed a book YET (just paused reading indefinitely), I have to ask, is it hard to put up these kinds of posts? :/

    (btw, I followed via GFC!)

    1. Yes, it so is! I feel really guilty and I feel like I don't deserve getting an ARC if I don't finish it anyway. But this one was just getting on my nerves already because a similar thing happened for the first book and I just didn't want to go through it again, so I just stopped.

      Thanks, Raffy! :)


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