By Shan Sa
Starting with Alexander's formative years in Macedonia together with his abusive father, tyrannical King Philip and his overbearing mom Olympias - proficient through 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 recognized international. Switching among the particular voices of Alexander, Alestria, and Tania (the queen's dependable follower and confidante), Shan Sa brings the reader to the guts of harsh actual and emotional battles. After Alexander conquers and unifies all of old Greece and Egypt and units out to the Orient to beat his rival, King Darius of Persia, Alexander and Alestria first stumble upon one another at the battlefield; shocked to discover that his adversary is a lady, Alexander is readily smitten: her hair is lengthy and black, her physique muscular and bronzed, and her pores and skin scarred from years of conflict. and eventually, this autonomous lady who had renounced males has came upon a cause to go away her tribe. This e-book is fantastically translated via Adriana Hunter (who additionally translated the seriously acclaimed "Empress").
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His triple chin quivered, and his eyes—one tawny and one blue—studied me surreptitiously. He was holding a bracelet, nervously rolling the ruby and emerald beads in his fat fingers. He led me straight to the bedchamber of his former master, offering me his bed, his slaves, and his gynaeceum. • • • in t he hea rt of the city of Babylon was the City of the King. In the heart of the City of the King was the City of Pleasure. At its highest point, up in the heavens, was my bedchamber. The warriors’ screams and the clash of arms ceased to haunt my ears.
We knew nothing of punishment, we knew only our adoration of the God of Ice who watched over our earthly lives. The tribe’s laws could be transgressed, for beyond laws, there was God. • • • t he queen wa lk ed on, face veiled and head held high, ac- companied by clinking from the weapons fastened to her belt and by her twelve Amazons reputed to be bear-killers. Only innkeepers had the temerity to call out to her and compliment her. The 44 Alexander and Alestria Z queen replied to their greetings with a slight nod of her head.
Confronted with this unprecedented deployment of troops, I opted for the strategy of exhaustion. The number three is perfection, while nine possesses the magic of infinity. I constrained Darius to a long duel of three cycles, each of which would be divided into three battles. During the first cycle the enemy were more numerous, but Alexander’s phalanxes were very disciplined. The Persians, who had believed they were invincible until then, were impressed by 50 Alexander and Alestria Z the temerity of my troops.
Alexander and Alestria: A Novel by Shan Sa