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
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Reign of Serpents Reviews

  • Laura

    Again, so, so good!

  • 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.

  • M

    I enjoyed it... the plot was engaging, but at the same time I'm left wondering if anything even happened? Shifting so many times between ten (10) perspectives was a lot, but really meant that the actual storyline for each character was only a few short chapters long. It did keep everything moving, I guess, but it's a little annoying when I have some favourite characters or plot lines I would like more time with.

    Writing is still annoying at times, but I still really appreciate the historical set

    I enjoyed it... the plot was engaging, but at the same time I'm left wondering if anything even happened? Shifting so many times between ten (10) perspectives was a lot, but really meant that the actual storyline for each character was only a few short chapters long. It did keep everything moving, I guess, but it's a little annoying when I have some favourite characters or plot lines I would like more time with.

    Writing is still annoying at times, but I still really appreciate the historical setting and research! It makes me miss studying for my Ancient Greek history class, but I guess there's still the last book to get to soon~

  • 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.

  • Kimberly (Book Swoon)

    REIGN OF SERPENTS is the third installment of Eleanor Herman's series, Blood of Gods and Royals. This epic young adult series combines historical fiction with myth, magic, and intrigue. The stories center around a young Alexander the Great and a mysterious prophecy that began in Legacy of Kings, with each book building into grand adventures and individual quests. Joining him are a cast of friends ( Katerina, Jacob, Hephaestion, Zofia, and Cynane ) as they battle both men and monsters, in order t

    REIGN OF SERPENTS is the third installment of Eleanor Herman's series, Blood of Gods and Royals. This epic young adult series combines historical fiction with myth, magic, and intrigue. The stories center around a young Alexander the Great and a mysterious prophecy that began in Legacy of Kings, with each book building into grand adventures and individual quests. Joining him are a cast of friends ( Katerina, Jacob, Hephaestion, Zofia, and Cynane ) as they battle both men and monsters, in order to save the ancient world from a dangerous enemy, know as the Spirit Eaters.

    What makes this series such a standout is the seamless way Eleanor Herman weaves together the historical and with the fantastical.

    The ancient world comes alive as Herman sweeps across ancient Macedon, the Persian Empire, and Egypt bringing readers right along with her. Exotic and vivid, REIGN OF SERPENTS takes off immediately from the ending in EMPIRE OF DUST where twists and turns await.

    “Ancient Greece was a world alive with myths, gods, and magic.”

    The book continues to be narrated by six core characters (with a few extras thrown in!!) namely Alexander and his cast of friends; with their shifting perspectives giving readers an intimate look into each character's thoughts and emotions.

    In each book, and it continues here as well, Herman takes on major story arc and sets the characters on mini-quests, and in each book, the arrangement changes. I love this overall story method as the characters take on new personality traits with each experience; often changing and surprising the reader.

    The many POV used in Blood of Gods and Royals series seems to be either hit or miss with readers, but for me, the added depth and scope reminds me of what one usually expects in the epic fantasy genre. A wide terrain and multiple point-of-views to savor.

    REIGN OF SERPENTS is packed with the exciting and the strange. It's hard to believe so many of the fantasy elements are inspired by archaeology and history.

    The magic and fantasy exploded in this segment, which may be my favorite book in the series to date. There is a possession by a god, dark magic known as Smoke Blood, a mad king reminiscent of Caligula, and betrayal at every page it seems. Watery sea creatures, an Atlantean clockwork device—warriors, philosophers, and sibyls who rub elbows with gods and monstersKings and Queens.

    Recommended for:

    I highly recommend this book and series for lovers of historical fiction and fantasy, especially those fascinated by Greek mythology and the legendary figure of Alexander the Great.

  • 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.

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