Alexander and Alestria: A Novel by Shan Sa

By Shan Sa

Starting with Alexander's youth in Macedonia along with his abusive father, tyrannical King Philip and his overbearing mom Olympias - proficient via Aristotle and knowledgeable 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 lady warriors who dominate this sizeable land on the fringe of the recognized international. Switching among the distinctive 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 historical Greece and Egypt and units out to the Orient to overcome his rival, King Darius of Persia, Alexander and Alestria first stumble upon one another at the battlefield; stunned 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 sustaining lady who had renounced males has discovered a cause to depart her tribe. This e-book is superbly translated via Adriana Hunter (who additionally translated the severely acclaimed "Empress").

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Then go and never come back! If I raise a son of yours, he will be a good and just king, he will be wise and clement . ” Her words touched my heart, which had no armor against her. My tears mingled with hers, and we wept together for our ruined lives. Night fell, and Olympias sang me the same songs that had lulled my childhood. I lay with my head on her stomach and fell asleep as I used to then. Women are stronger than men. Even Philip, despite his drunken rages, had never succeeded in defeating Olympias.

Your father did not fail. He was a thoughtful king. ” Hearing her speak well of Philip infuriated me. “I’m not a man of reason,” I said, raising my voice. “I will go beyond where my ancestor Achilles fell. The gods on Olympus didn’t choose Philip to bear their glory. I am the chosen one! I am the son of Apollo, and Artemis drew me from your belly, that’s why she let her temple burn the night I was born. ” “You would rather challenge the power of foreign gods than govern,” she said menacingly.

Any Amazon drawn to one of these signals could leave us and throw herself onto whoever sent out the sign like an eagle swooping on its prey. She could take the man or woman who caught her eye and drag her catch off to a tent for a night’s entertainment. There was no exchange of gifts, nor of hair or blood. An ancestral statute dictated that we could not give a stranger anything that had once belonged to us. We had to leave as we arrived, 43 Y Shan Sa in the swish of a gallop, with no oaths or promises.

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