By Shan Sa
Starting with Alexander's early life in Macedonia together with his abusive father, tyrannical King Philip and his overbearing mom Olympias - trained by means of Aristotle and proficient within the army education - he develops the fierce personality, energy, and ambition to overthrow his abusive father and take the crown. in the meantime, within the wilds of the Siberian steppe, Alestria is queen of the Amazons - the tribe of girl warriors who dominate this significant land on the fringe of the identified international. Switching among the specified voices of Alexander, Alestria, and Tania (the queen's unswerving follower and confidante), Shan Sa brings the reader to the guts of harsh actual and emotional battles. After Alexander conquers and unifies all of historic Greece and Egypt and units out to the Orient to overcome his rival, King Darius of Persia, Alexander and Alestria first come across one another at the battlefield; shocked to discover that his adversary is a girl, Alexander is quickly smitten: her hair is lengthy and black, her physique muscular and bronzed, and her dermis scarred from years of conflict. and eventually, this self reliant lady who had renounced males has chanced on a cause to go away her tribe. This e-book is fantastically translated by way of Adriana Hunter (who additionally translated the severely acclaimed "Empress").
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Dry your tears, your king commands it. Being born the wife and mother of warriors is a sad fate. But show yourself worthy of your name. ” Olympias said nothing. She knew all this was inevitable. I arranged for Apollo to pronounce a favorable oracle. Speeches were made before council. Never mind the rumors that Alexander wanted to prove to the world that he was not Olympias’s daughter. Hephaestion, Perdiccas, Cassander, Crateros, Lysimachus, the lovers of my youth and my longtime companions, cut open their arms and let their blood mingle with mine as an oath of eternal loyalty.
But her letters followed me beyond mountains; her voice silenced the tumult of war and brought me back by her side, in her bedchamber looking out over orange trees and fountains. I could not help myself replying, and our exchanges were like butterflies flitting over fields strewn with corpses. She and I were harnessed together by the timeless link that joins a man and a woman. Philip was dead; I in turn had become her intrepid warrior, her devouring force, her hand reaching out to expand its territories over the world.
The more I learned, the more I real27 Y Shan Sa ized how little I knew of an empire a thousand times more powerful than mine. Days passed, and still I made no decision. It was Olympias who hastened my departure. Knowing that she could not hold me back, she harassed me day and night about taking a wife. Her muttering about the continuity of our dynasty infuriated me. Her mournful silence disarmed my rage. She made my life unbearable. One night in a dream I saw my queen. She lived in a temple built on the pinnacle of a rock.
Alexander and Alestria: A Novel by Shan Sa