Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: May 14th 2019
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
Based on a true story.
When her homeland is conquered by the mighty Alexander the Great, Roxana—the daughter of a mere chieftain—is torn from her simple life and thrown into a world of war and intrigue.
Terrified, the sixteen-year-old girl of renowned beauty is brought before the greatest ruler the world has ever known. Her life is in his hands; her future his to decide.
Without formal education or noble blood, Roxana is chosen by the Greek conqueror to be his bride. Soon she comes to know profound happiness and unyielding desire in her warrior’s arms.
However, being the king’s consort comes at a heavy price. To survive her husband’s treacherous kingdom, she must endure continuous warfare, deadly plots, jealous rivals, victory-hungry generals, and the stigma of being a barbarian. Persian blood will keep her from claiming the grandest title of all—queen—but her reign will seal the fate of an empire.
History tells his story. This is hers.
So I think this is my favorite Alexander the Great story. I loved Roxana. She is fierce and spunky and everything you would want from a main character. Many times throughout the book, I forgot how old she was. The story starts with Roxana finding out that the greeks are coming and they need to be moved. They are found anyway, and she catches them all off guard. No one had ever swayed Alexander towards marriage before, why was she different. The trails and hardships she faced only make her stronger. I liked seeing things from alexanders point of view to. It is too easy to forget how much war there was.
The only thing that kept me from giving this story 5 stars was the length. When I got to 35-40% left, I struggled to finish. I felt the story could have ended and they last huge amount could have been an epilogue. Or a second book since it reads so different. I know all of this is important things that happened, I just felt it was unnecessarily long. Still a great book, especially if you love history.
Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author of over twenty-seven novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers Association, Weis writes mystery, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans where she is a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and rescues orphaned and injured animals.
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