Reign of Serpents

Reign of Serpents

Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman will be available May 29, 2018. Preorder your copy today!A PRINCE WILL RISE TO POWER OR MADNESS,A PRINCESS WILL BECOME A QUEEN...AND BLOOD MAGIC WILL RULE THEM ALLPrince Alexander of Macedon’s mind has been touched by an incomprehensible evil, even as his betrothed travels from afar to unite their kingdoms against a terrible darkness tha...

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Title:Reign of Serpents
Author:Eleanor Herman
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Reign of Serpents Reviews

  • Laura

    Again, so, so good!

  • Heather

    Once again, this series has blown me away. I feel like it's almost sacrilegious for me not to give this book 5 stars since I've given it to the previous two but it's also completely justified in my opinion. This book entertained me so much and just made me love the series even more. I love how each of the characters are developing, whether it's in a good or bad way, and I feel like everyone continues to be in character. I'm also super happy that my ship, Katerina and Hephaestion, is sailing and

    Once again, this series has blown me away. I feel like it's almost sacrilegious for me not to give this book 5 stars since I've given it to the previous two but it's also completely justified in my opinion. This book entertained me so much and just made me love the series even more. I love how each of the characters are developing, whether it's in a good or bad way, and I feel like everyone continues to be in character. I'm also super happy that my ship, Katerina and Hephaestion, is sailing and they're in love (even if Kat doesn't want to admit it) and they just deserve to be happy. However I was worried that I would be annoyed when I saw there were different POVs being introduced, like Rat and the Dardanian fool, but they actually turned out to be so important and contained so many plot twists!! Honestly this book had me yelling and gasping almost every since chapter. I love this super underrated series so much and I cannot wait to see how it's going to end.

    You can check out a more detailed review of this book on my blog!

  • Logan Miller

    Plot: In the beginning of another FANTASTIC book The Queen hires Cyn to kill Kat. after Cyn brings back a finger tip (didn't actually kill Kat), the Queen is skeptical but takes it anyway. Alex's General commits suicide by throwing himself off a cliff and shortly after Alex is possessed by a god. Throughout the book Heph and Kat make a Device to detect Earth Blood and complete it towards the end of the book. Possessed Alex is suspected of not being the real Alex because of the sudden change. At

    Plot: In the beginning of another FANTASTIC book The Queen hires Cyn to kill Kat. after Cyn brings back a finger tip (didn't actually kill Kat), the Queen is skeptical but takes it anyway. Alex's General commits suicide by throwing himself off a cliff and shortly after Alex is possessed by a god. Throughout the book Heph and Kat make a Device to detect Earth Blood and complete it towards the end of the book. Possessed Alex is suspected of not being the real Alex because of the sudden change. At the end of the book everyone is at Byzantium celebrating the wedding of Alex's father and Cleopatra. Kat steals the device from Heph to find Alex, Possessed Alex attacks her and closely kills her but not before she scratches him with a hairpin, killing Alex. Shortly before, in the same room Jacob Killed the Queen who was plotting to kill the King (we have yet to figure out if she succeeded) but before Jacob killed the Queen, she scratched Jacob with the same hairpin, getting his blood on it (Jacob has Earth Blood). The Earth Blood was like a poison to the god possessing Alex, fortunately, it only killed the god and not Alex who woke up shortly after. (sorry Mr. Sherwinski, there's ALOT to this book). Cyn earned Smoke Blood by killing an entity who helped her escape the Assyrians in the last book. and was very closely killed by the Assyrians (but not after a fight that ended 6 Assyrian Lord's lives) at the end of the book.

    Personal Response: This was an insane book, (insane as in really good). the author is doing a really good job of keeping her readers on the edge, almost every single chapter there is a surprise that you never saw coming. Cliff hangers throughout, and a cliff hanger at the end of the book which leads me to believe there is going to be another one? I have no idea but I really hope so cause it did kind of leave off on a bad and good note...

    Recommendations: I would recommend this book to Sophomores/juniors because of the sexual themes and other battle related things wouldn't be appropriate for 8th graders. it also describes some very cruel ways of torturing people, so again, not really appropriate for 8th-freshmen.

    Characterization: The main characters the book follows are, Alex, Heph, Kat, and many others. Alex did not develop much as he was possessed the entire book. Heph and Kat are developing at a rapid pace romantically. Jacob defected from the Assyrian Lords and killed the Queen. Cyn(my Favorite character) gains smoke blood after training with an eternal entity and killing him to release him.

  • Jeanna

    Better than the last one! The stories are so fun, each intertwining into the next.

    The adventures continue in Reign of Serpents, the third book in the Blood of Gods and Royals series. Alexander is not acting himself, not only has he gone back on everything he has fought so hard to accomplish while in power, but his eyes have changed color. Something seems amiss. When Princess Cynane’s ship docks on her betrothed’s land, she soon realizes her husband-to-be is insane. She must be cautious in her p

    Better than the last one! The stories are so fun, each intertwining into the next.

    The adventures continue in Reign of Serpents, the third book in the Blood of Gods and Royals series. Alexander is not acting himself, not only has he gone back on everything he has fought so hard to accomplish while in power, but his eyes have changed color. Something seems amiss. When Princess Cynane’s ship docks on her betrothed’s land, she soon realizes her husband-to-be is insane. She must be cautious in her plan to gain the power that is her birthright. Eleanor Herman, once again, surprises readers with gorgeous stories and well-written characters that intricately weave fact into fiction.

    It wouldn't be a book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series without a gigantic cast of characters. Herman does a fantastic job at making each of her characters’ point-of-views unique enough to differentiate between. Although, the perspectives change with every chapter. At first, it is a bit confusing; however, readers will quickly adapt, falling prey to the complex and developed plot.

    I highly recommend binge reading this series. This way, you won't need a refresher and you can jump into each storyline without confusion.

    There seemed to be several time gaps. To disguise them, Herman adds even more perspectives to the ever growing cast. However, I wished the book was a bit longer, not only to stay in the immersive world of true history and fiction but also to fill in the time gaps so the plot flows even more elegantly.

    Aristotle makes his character debut in Empire of Dust. Aristotle is given a much larger role in Reign of Serpents. It's such a surprise. Herman captures Aristotle's curiosity gorgeously, having his character stay true to life in his research but also developing further when faced with magical obstacles.

    Exactly as the two previous books—since there is such a large cast of characters—readers will not know when the story of each character will end. Unfortunately, readers are left with so many questions regarding different characters because of this. A "wait, but what about this character" sort of reaction which will have you returning for the next and final installment.

    The book begins with a bang. When Herman starts the book nearly right where readers left off with each character, I knew right then we were in for a treat. She wasted absolutely no time in setting up the story, just threw us right into the action, amongst all the stories happening simultaneously.

    With each book in the series, I've always picked a favorite story arc but with Reign of Serpents, I couldn't find a favorite. Each story was action packed with on-the-edge-of-your-seat entertainment, it would be too difficult to pick just one.

    I can imagine how fun this book must have been to write as it was tons of fun to read. With high expectations and even higher stakes, Reign of Serpents does not disappoint.

    Don’t miss the author’s note in the back of the book. Not only does it emphasize how Herman has intertwined true history with that of her fiction, but the facts are extremely interesting.

    Reign of Serpents is an unforgettable adventure. Eleanor Herman sweeps readers off their feet. The novel will have them hungry for more, eagerly awaiting the sequel.

  • Caitlin

    4.5 stars!

    I am shook to the max. This is definitely the best of the three books since there were sooooooo many twists and turns that I didn't suspect at all. I'm just so SHOOK! Like wow. This book was incredible.

    So many people don't like this series and I honestly don't understand why. There's a lot of POVs though which can get a bit much at times BUT I like every single one of the characters. There are 10 POVs. T E N! It's a lot to keep up with BUT they're all great so I have no regrets.

    Zo is

    4.5 stars!

    I am shook to the max. This is definitely the best of the three books since there were sooooooo many twists and turns that I didn't suspect at all. I'm just so SHOOK! Like wow. This book was incredible.

    So many people don't like this series and I honestly don't understand why. There's a lot of POVs though which can get a bit much at times BUT I like every single one of the characters. There are 10 POVs. T E N! It's a lot to keep up with BUT they're all great so I have no regrets.

    Zo is still my favourite character and her storyline got way more attention this book and her life is wild! I definitely have a soft spot for Cyn too but my overall love for all of the characters definitely grew. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book (even though goodreads doesn't have the next book up yet) because I know it will be action packed and wild af.

  • Jesse Nicholas

    Full review to come!

  • Shelley

    *Source* Library

    *Genre* Historical Fiction, Young Adult

    *Rating* 3.5

    *My Thoughts*

    Reign of Serpents, by author Eleanor Herman, is the third installment in the authors Blood of Gods and Royals series. This is a series that combines historical fiction, with a bit of myth and magic. Your main characters are Alexander, Katerina, Hephaestion, Jacob,Cynane, and Zofia. Each has been set on an adventure that has led them into uncharted territory where you really can't trust anyone to have your back

    *Full R

    *Source* Library

    *Genre* Historical Fiction, Young Adult

    *Rating* 3.5

    *My Thoughts*

    Reign of Serpents, by author Eleanor Herman, is the third installment in the authors Blood of Gods and Royals series. This is a series that combines historical fiction, with a bit of myth and magic. Your main characters are Alexander, Katerina, Hephaestion, Jacob,Cynane, and Zofia. Each has been set on an adventure that has led them into uncharted territory where you really can't trust anyone to have your back

    *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*

  • Jordan (thejordanjournals)

    3.5/5 stars.

    This book felt like a filler book. I remember hearing that initial this was going to be a 6 book series, but now I think it is down to a quartet. This book definitely feels like it suffered because of that.

    We had this big bad villain at the forefront of the first and second books, with a mysterious larger power lurking in the background. At the end of the second book, this villain comes to power. However, nothing really major or catastrophic came as a result of this. No empires were

    3.5/5 stars.

    This book felt like a filler book. I remember hearing that initial this was going to be a 6 book series, but now I think it is down to a quartet. This book definitely feels like it suffered because of that.

    We had this big bad villain at the forefront of the first and second books, with a mysterious larger power lurking in the background. At the end of the second book, this villain comes to power. However, nothing really major or catastrophic came as a result of this. No empires were destroyed, no one really died. Nothing with consequence happened. Additionally, this villain was defeated in such an unimpressive and quick way. It felt like Herman set up for there to be these two all-power evils in this series. One to vanquish first, that served as a distraction to the larger problem at hand. Then the second to be the real threat and antagonist of the final book. Because the series was shortened, that first villain did not receive the arc that they deserved. The true threat is not receiving the buildup that they deserve either. It felt very rushed. I would have preferred this first villain to not be included in the series at all, and just focus on the threat of the magic in this world.

    Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed with this installment. I don't really feel like a lot happened, but everything that did happen felt rushed. Some major plot lines that we've been following since book one still have not been wrapped up. They are still left dangling to address in the final book. I feel like the series needs more time to appropriately address everything Herman set up so beautifully in books one and two.

    I will also mention that I read this over the span of three weeks where I was EXTREMELY busy. I couldn't fit more than a couple pages in at a time. Usually, this detracts from my overall enjoyment of a book. I really need to be immersed in a novel, fully, to enjoy it. I will be interested to see how I feel about this book next week when I reread it before the final book comes out.

  • Aashna Moorjani

    SPOILER WARNING

    Hi, it’s Aashna! Today I am going to be reviewing Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman. If you haven’t read by review for the previous book in this series, Empire of Dust, I will summarize my feelings towards this series before beginning my review. I love history, so of course, I love the idea behind this series. I think ancient history is a neglected gold mine for YA. That being said, I am having a difficult time with this series. The books have shown trends of being slow and some

    SPOILER WARNING

    Hi, it’s Aashna! Today I am going to be reviewing Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman. If you haven’t read by review for the previous book in this series, Empire of Dust, I will summarize my feelings towards this series before beginning my review. I love history, so of course, I love the idea behind this series. I think ancient history is a neglected gold mine for YA. That being said, I am having a difficult time with this series. The books have shown trends of being slow and somewhat anticlimactic. I finish each book being excited for the next one, and am left bored when I finally get my hands on the next installment. Reign of Serpents was the fastest-paced out of all the books, meaning I was able to finish it all in one flight. Upon completion, I couldn’t shake the feeling that the book was missing something. I read it, and felt nothing. All of the anticipation built up in Empire of Dust was such a waste. I wish there had been more conclusive substance. This has to be my least favorite installment in the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

    As I have said many times before, the setting of this book is really cool. There are not many books that are set in the ancient world. There are such rich backgrounds to put these characters in. I know that Herman is a historian, and I felt that passion for the historical world in her settings of the past book. This book went a little off the rails, with plot lines that could have been set anywhere. I did not see the dynamic culture or scenery that Herman worked with in past books.

    The plot fell flat. The characters did not intertwine as smoothly as in past books. They were all separate and did not move the overarching storyline of all the characters. The events of this book were dragged on and on with no clear purpose. I was not interested in what the characters were doing after a certain point and was just waiting for something big to happen. That’s not how books should be, The plot should carry itself over the entirety of the book.

    I absolutely hate how slow the pacing of this book is. I cannot handle reading about the same things for chapters and chapters that could easily be resolved in a shorter amount of time. It is very frustrating.

    While I only know the basic history of Alexander the Great, I have never questioned the historical accuracy of these books. Herman is a historian, so I assumed she took liberties with all of the magical aspects of her book, and stayed true to Alexander’s life for everything else. I had the impression that this book ignored much of the history about Alexander. I will do further research on this, but it all seems different from the careful tone that was taken before. It’s not a problem that the book is not a stickler for history. The problem is that I felt an abrupt change from the previous book.

    There are about a million perspectives in this book. I don’t even know how to remember what goes on with all of these characters. On top of reading chapters about our core characters that are spread very far apart, we now also have to read small chapters to get glimpses at more minor characters. And I would enjoy those smaller chapters if I was not focusing on all of the main characters. I don’t mind so many perspectives with authors such as Rick Riordan, because the chapters are not nearly as long or far apart. I hate reading about one character for 25 pages and having to wait 100 more before seeing how the cliffhanger end to that chapter worked out.

    Onto all of our characters. Overall, there was a concerning lack of development. All of the situations were dire enough to cause characters to change and to grow as a result. However, the characters even seemed to lose some of their more interesting aspects. I missed the compelling personalities set up in the previous books. I strongly believe that characters above all should drive a story, and these characters did no such thing. I was bored by how they fell into cliches. If this book focused more on why the characters were doing things they did instead of just trying to wow the reader with intense storylines, the book would have seriously improved.

    Alex was so lame. He just let Riel take over his body! How could we not have read about his fear of becoming evil or more about his panic between his few moments of consciousness. His traumatic experience was just brushed over. On top of that, the “true” Alex is not really seen in this book. The few moments we have should not have been taken so lightly. Herman should have made me care about what happened to Alex by making him interesting. I don’t understand how a character with such depth was reduced to a shell of his former self, and not even for the purpose of his response to the event.

    What happened to Kat? Our cool, smart, talented heroine became stock romantic interest #7,438. I will admit Kat was never my favorite, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy reading about her. Now, all of her thoughts lack any of her spunk from before. She was traumatized by Ada’s disappearance. Are we told why? Of course not. What a missed opportunity to show another side of Kat. Not to forget all of the one-sidedness to her relationships. She has not expressed anything special about either Heph, Jacob, or even Alex. With Heph and Jacob, I don’t mind if she doesn’t tell them anything about her feelings, but we should be getting more than indecisiveness when actually reading from her perspective. With Alex, she just goes on and on about how much she loves him. I get it. Don’t waste the word count telling us what we already know if nothing more complex will be added.

    Heph is the most boring character out of them all. I used to think that his past and insecurities made him an interesting character with all the potential to grow. Now, I’m sick of hearing how much he’s in love with Kat and wants to prove himself to Alex. Look, I get it, but there is a limit to how much a reader can handle.

    Jacob was fine. I don’t have any specific complaints besides his obsession with Kat. I don’t care as much about him, and this book did not give me any incentive to start caring.

    Cyn used to be my favorite. Sure, she could be a real pain, but I believed that she was the one character who had true purpose and the conviction to carry it out. The main problem in this book was not what she was doing as much as how much time was spent on that. I think I saw some growth, which was sadly covered up by the large time jumps. I didn’t understand her sudden changes of heart.

    Zo is absolutely infuriating. Literally all of her thoughts revolve around wither being pregnant, the pegasus, or Ochus. That’s it. Why would Herman waste such a character on menial problems, like those? Zo could be doing so much more, yet choses not to in favor of being lovesick and useless. She just waits for Ochus to come and save her, and that is a complete 180 from everything she at least wanted to stand for in the first book.

    Ochus sucks. Does he love Zo? Do I care? Absolutely not. Even the romantic things that he says sound really fake to me. I actually hope that all of the romance is an elaborate ruse. And when you think about it, we don’t know any thing about Ochus’ character. All we know is what Zo projects onto him.

    Olympias did essentially nothing in this book. She also became lovesick and insecure, like the slump most of our characters fell into in this book. All of the hate I built up for her in the previous books was for nothing, because there is no reason to love or even hate her in this book. She is there with no purpose except to die dramatically in the end.

    Riel was killed by A COMB. A god was killed by a comb. That is absolutely absurd. It makes no sense that Herman would set up a character to be so powerful and then kill him off in that offhanded way. His death became only a convenient way for Alex to return back to normal, which was such a waste.

    The many romances all fell into the same traps. They became more full of cliches and hopelessly boring. I did not see any chemistry between the characters, which you would think is key in managing so many romances. I am not invested in any of the couples, nor did any of the romances do anything to advance the plot. If going through the trouble of talking about millions of couples, they should at least do something to the story besides sidetrack it.

    I think the ending was supposed to be this grand, inspiring cliffhanger. In reality, I was already so done with the book that I did not care.

    I really don’t know why I continue with this series. It’s not the worst I’ve read, but there are most certainly better series out there for me to pick up. I think it’s that the books are never really terrible, more just full of wasted potential. I keep waiting for Herman to do something amazing with her setting and characters. With just one book left, you can bet that I will be finishing this series, even though this was only a 3 star read.

    Thank you for reading my review and I hope you will join me again as we go off to amazing places.

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