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…
I think everyone knows that I am a fan girl for Stephanie Thornton. So, you can totally imagine how excited I am that I’m featured on the first day of her tour for ‘The Conqueror’s Wife’. As you read above, this is about Alexander the Great and all of the women in his life. I never realised just how much they factored into his success. We have several narrators, each taking over a chapter and telling thier story, which ties into the whole ultimate grand scheme of things. Thessalonike, his sister, Roxana, his wife and Drypetis, a warrior and eventual wife of our only male narrator, Hephaestion, who was Alexander’s best friend and possible lover.
Also mentioned is Olympias, Alexander’s mother. She isn’t a narrator (which I would have really loved!) but she is very much a presence. How can one write of Alexander and not include her? She never wavered in her belief in him and the blood trail she left proved that. Seriously, guys, she did what needed to be done…and did so with a coolness that leaves even the most bloodthirsty in awe.
Each narrator has a strong voice and is a strong character; each speaking of the different parts of his life and places that Alexander inevitably set his feet or his stallion, Buchephalus’ hooves on. The action begins straight away with the assassination of Philip II and from there, we are led on Alexander’s triumphant campaigns. I warn you, there are moments where it is gory and explicit, but you ought to expect nothing less from Alexander. As with sexual scenes but they were tasteful and not something you’re going to blush your way through and want to flip through the pages.
It’s impossible for me to tell you each storyline without giving something away and I’ll not be giving the lot of you spoilers! 😉 I was delighted by the rich descriptions and the intrigues and I could not get enough of the book. I am tempted to go and just reread it now because I’ll probably note something that I missed entirely. Alexander’s life was short…but it is remembered because of the women surrounding him, his conquering all of these lands and the aftermath of his passing brought on epic repercussions and battles that proved bloody and ruthless.
I truly enjoyed being thrust into the world of Alexander and his women and I look forward to reading this again so that I may once more rejoin him.
I hope Ms. Thornton isn’t offended but I totally envisioned Alexander, Hephaestion and Olympias as Colin Farrell, Jared Leto and Angelina Jolie respectively. (With the appropriate accents, lol.) I give the credit to Oliver Stone for getting me really fascinated in Alexander.
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.
“The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora,” “Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt,” and “The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan” are available now. “The Conqueror’s Wife: A Novel of Alexander the Great” will hit the shelves in December 2015.
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