I have finally read the third installment of The Blood of Gods and Royals series! Once again, I’d like to thank the lovely people over at Glasstown Entertainment for reaching out and sending me a copy and asking me to do a Q&A with Eleanor Herman herself. You can take a look at my blog tour post here to get more insight on where the story is headed in the fourth and final book: Dawn of Heroes (date TBD)
Synopsis from Goodreads
The ancient power of Snake Blood threatens the known world. While Prince Alexander struggles with a very deadly inner demon, his betrothed, Zofia, is on her way to him, to unite their kingdoms…even as she begins to realize where her true allegiance lies. The fierce Cynane meets her match-not in her future husband, the deranged king of Illyria, but in her great-great-grandfather, Talus, possessor of Smoke Blood, who will teach her the true meaning of betrayal. And marooned together on an island in the Mediterranean, romantic tension blooms between Katerina and Hephaestion as they learn of lost civilizations and discover a device that could help them do the impossible: kill the last living god.
This review is going to be packed with spoilers so don’t read on if you want to read this book! I think it’s worth sticking around for, the story is only getting more interesting and mysterious, and I have high hopes for the final book! So definitely give it a read if you’ve already started this series.
My rating: 4 stars
My favorite plot line in this book was, surprisingly, Cynane’s. In my last review I said that she was pretty much my least favorite character, but I enjoyed reading her evil ploys this time. It was a game of survival for her living with the crazy King Amyntas, and I could overlook the fact that she was still trying to obtain the horrible magic of Smoke Blood and was committing brutal murder quite frequently. The battle to survive both for her own sake and to stick it to Olympias was a little inspiring. I thought Cyn would be the one to kill Amyntas like she had always planned, but when it ended up being Tim, I was left a little confused. In a good way. This story line intrigued me and I enjoyed reading it, while some of the other character plots bored me at times. There’s still a lot going on with Cyn, now that she has Smoke blood and has discovered that she can change her physical features at will.
One of my main lingering questions comes from the fate of Olympias, who was killed by Jacob. She is officially dead (I mean, I think she is) but when will they find her body in the servant hall of the Byzantium palace? Will anyone care enough to seek out her murderer? She was a terrible mother, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they just ignored that whole thing and moved on, like THANK THE GODS SHE’S FINALLY GONE! As is Riel, so that was a nice loophole. There still isn’t a soul besides himself who knows Jacob is the Earth blood. It was his blood on the hair pin that killed Riel, but Kat didn’t catch him in the room so she still has no clue who the Earth blood is, just that the prophecy was fulfilled in its mystical way. I am wondering if he’ll run into Kat again sometime soon, or if they will figure out that it was him. And Pythia/Petra, the former oracle of Delphi, where did she run off to? Surely she doesn’t just disappear forever now.
Timmaeus’ plot line ended with him killing King Amyntas and the Aesarian Lords chasing down Cyn, as I mostly stated already. the more interesting plot point was that Timmaeus betrayed Amyntas on purpose when he was at the peak of the King’s trust in order to copy Cyn’s spell for obtaining Smoke blood. We don’t hear too much from Tim and I have no idea why he would have wanted blood magic when the Lords condemn it. Is he rebelling against the Lords? Was this a plan the Aesarian Lords were in on? More mystery and intrigue that seems to be headed in a good direction for the final book.
Kinda done with Zo and her flighty romances. Why did Ochus run off and possibly kill Cosmas? I’m always left with so many questions concerning what;s going on with Zo. We never get enough of Zo’s story although I suppose she was more present than ever before in this installment but it still bugs me that she hasn’t even met Alexander, her fated husband, and we’re going into book four. I’ll give her a little credit for actually making it to Macedon in this book but it wasn’t quite enough to make me satisfied with her storyline. I guess she’ll have to stay in Macedon now instead of running away again because her savior is gone but she still has to deal with the whole being an impure-pregnant bride thing.
I think my biggest question at the end of this book is: what happened to King Phillip? Olympias and Riel-Alexander went to Byzantium to make sure the prophecy of his death came true but when he collapsed during the wedding party was he dying? Again, I am interested to read the next book because I need to know what happened!
What do you think of the Blood of Gods and Royals series and where it’s headed next?