Realm

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.


My Review


This is the third book I have read by this author. The first two books are darker. So, this lighter touch is new for me but I really like this side of Ms. Weis as well as her dark side.

I am familiar with the stories of Alexander the Great but not of his wife. Well his less famous wife. Roxana was married to Alexander but than later cast aside as duty called and Alexander married royalty. Yet, Alexander loved Roxana. She was all he thought about when he was not conquering countries. Roxana started out as a tiny bud but by the end she had blossomed into someone great. She was a warrior, mother, wife, and a great woman.

From the first page until the last page; I was transported back in time. I was along for the journey, Roxana's journey. This was such an enjoyable book to read. I look forward to reading more books from Ms. Weis's lighter side.


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