Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: May 14th 2019
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
Rating: 4 Stars
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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.
Roxana doesn’t want to be like other girls/women. Since she lived in a time long past, we rely on the author to give us a sense of what it may have been like. We also get a glimpse into what Alexander the Great may have been like after he meets Roxana and her family.
This may be listed as a teen and young adult read but at times Roxana seems beyond her years. If you haven’t had “the talk” with your child, you may want to do that before giving them this book – just so they won’t be surprised with one of the scenes between Roxana and Alexander. It certainly can be considered a new adult and even adults will enjoy this book – especially if you love ancient history.
I grew up loving mythology but I just couldn’t seem to get the same feeling with history. If I had this as one of my textbooks than that might have changed how I felt about the subject. I know that this is a work of fiction but some is based on fact. This book may even have you wanting to check out what else was written about this couple. As well as make you curious as to what else this author has written. For the most part it’s getting to know Roxana and the woman she became. Maybe it can be a teaching moment or even a time where parent and child can read together – which may lead to a discussion.
It’s a book that is longer than some so finding a place to stop is not a bad thing. It’s not one of those books that will have you wanting to finish it in one sitting. You will want to continue picking this up until you get it finished. The ending says it all perfectly. You will get your money’s worth here.
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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