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About the Book:
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
NAL/Penguin Group LLC.
eBook, Paperback; 496 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
A novel from the acclaimed author of The Tiger Queens, for readers looking for “strong and determined female protagonists” (Historical Novel Society) and “a sprawling historical saga” (Renee Rosen)…
We are the women who loved Alexander the Great. We were lovers and murderers, innocents and soldiers.
And without us, Alexander would have been only a man.
Instead he was a god.
330s, B.C.E., Greece: Alexander, a handsome young warrior of Macedon, begins his quest to conquer the ancient world. But he cannot ascend to power, and keep it, without the women who help to shape his destiny.
His spirited younger half-sister, Thessalonike, yearns to join her brother and see the world. Instead, it is Alexander’s boyhood companion who rides with him into war while Thessalonike remains behind. Far away, crafty princess Drypetis will not stand idly by as Alexander topples her father from Persia’s throne. And after Alexander conquers her tiny kingdom, Roxana, the beautiful and cunning daughter of a minor noble, wins Alexander’s heart…and will commit any crime to secure her place at his side.
Within a few short years, Alexander controls an empire more vast than the civilized world has ever known. But his victories are tarnished by losses on the battlefield and treachery among his inner circle. And long after Alexander is gone, the women who are his champions, wives, and enemies will fight to claim his legacy…
About the Author:
Stephanie Thornton is a writer and history teacher who has been obsessed with infamous women from ancient history since she was twelve. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alaska, where she is at work on her next novel.
This is my third book by the author and I’ll say upfront – I can’t wait for the next one. I love Ms. Thornton’s writing style and her choice to write about the women in history. Often times the women behind the more famous men. In The Conqueror’s Wife the ultimate subject of the book is Alexander the Great but the focus is on three of the women (and one man, his bodyguard and lover) who inhabited his world; his sister, his wife and his captive for lack of a better word.
I have to say that I know very little about Alexander the Great except for what I learned of him through reading about Caesar. He was a very brutal warrior at a very young age. He conquered a large swath of the world and even the great Caesar could not repeat what he had done. But I do not think he was a very nice man and due to that the book has some graphic scenes which I suppose are just part and parcel of writing about a brutal man in a brutal time. Just know that this is no romance novel; it has it’s moments of gore.
I enjoyed getting to know these women even if I didn’t particularly like two of them (Drypetis and Roxana.) It was not a period in history where women were treated especially well so I could appreciate why the characters would be as they were. It is a fascinating look into a long ago time as Ms. Thornton weaves historical fact and best guess into a very compelling story.
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