Book Review: Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman

Oh man, this book review is waaay overdue. Whoops. Because of this accidental procrastination, this book review will probably be on the short side.

Empire of Dust is the second book in Eleanor Herman’s Blood of Gods an Royals series (you can find my review for the first book, Legacy of Kings, here.)

empire of dust

Synopsis: 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

I only bought and read this second book because the first one sucked me in quickly. And while Herman’s writing was just as good as the first book, I think my ultimate problem is that this book is written for and geared towards a younger audience than I. Because of that, there parts that were boring or maybe more accurately there were plot lines that were just taking way too long to move forward. There were certain characters that I was excited to read about again in this second installment, but I found myself really disappointed with the lack of action and really anything substantial.

So the plot didn’t really get any better though I wouldn’t say that it got really bad – it was just disappointing for me. The characters were pretty much the same with some small developments, but not big enough to be excited over. There were a lot of different POV chapters that I think ultimately took away from the story and may be why the story felt so slow. I will say that cliffhanger was a good one, but not good enough for me to really want to read the next book.


A disappointing book – it happens. But I’m excited to flesh out my thoughts for my next book review – The Book of Lost Things!

Have you read a similar disappointing read recently?

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