Look at this fantasy cover!
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Vesuvian Media for the free copy in exchange for my honest review and tour spot.
REALM – Alexandrea Weis (out now!)
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.
My Thoughts: 3/5 stars
I’ve picked up a few of Alexandrea Weis’ other books and really enjoyed the horror elements and the supernatural – all with a rich backdrop in New Orleans. REALM goes in a very different direction taking place in the era of Alexander the Great. One thing I love about Weis’ writing is that she can set the scene perfectly where you feel like you’re there with the characters. The amount of research put into this historical fiction book is very evident and that’s what I have come to love about the genre.
REALM falls into a different genre than her previous works I’ve come across. This would fall under the historical fiction/romance hybrid genre. While the romance isn’t the main focus, we do get to see the interactions between Alexander the Great and Roxana and the struggles she faces with loving a man with his kind of position of power.
There were many elements I loved – the interactions between the Greeks and the Persians, the development of the characters and their emotions felt throughout the book, and the world-building Weis does for us. My only issue was that there were a few parts where I felt it dragged on and I found myself losing interest part way through. I’m glad I stuck with it, but this was very different that what I was expecting.
If you’re looking for a historical fiction novel with a romance element, or if the era of Alexander the Great interests you, then this will be the perfect addition to your TBR.
About the Author:
Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, CRRN, ONC, PhD, is a multi award-winning author of twenty-five 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 permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured animals. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans. Weis writes paranormal, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance.
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