Welcome to the Pre-Squee, a feature here at The Book Swarm and the fabulous Bewitched Bookworms. Some books, though they might not be coming out for a few months, need an early squee — we just can’t hold in our excitement about them! Sure, we’ll do full reviews closer to the release date but this feature gives us a chance to share a little bit of our love, whether it be for the story, cover, characters, or whatever. We’re quite flexible in our book love.
You know, there’s been a rash of most excellent fantasy of the young adult variety in the past couple years and I just want to say, “MOAR!!” And just you wait — Eleanor Herman’s entry into the YA fantasy arena, LEGACY OF KINGS, is a great addition. Set in 4th century BC, the story itself is Hellenistic in its development, with the kings taking on more royal trappings and setting up their legacies (so *that’s* where the title comes from! Huh. Cool.). I’m geeking out a little as I think about how Herman incorporated her vast historical knowledge (she’s written Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge as well as several other historical novels) into this story so it not only read like a fantasy but one that builds on events of long ago to create a really engaging story. While I had a couple of quibbles (a couple of slow spots and info dumps as well as six POVs (!!)) but not enough to distract from the story as a whole. Full review to come closer to the actual release date in August.
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