This book sat in my TBR pile for about a year. What a mistake. I pulled it yesterday, and sat and read it straight through. It's definately a keeper for me, even though I needed a lot of kleenex at the end.
I only gave this story 3 1/2 stars because it would have been a better story had more of it centered around their love story. Most of it described (in detail, ad nauseum) how he traipsed all over the world conquering nations, what they all wore, and on and on. Whenever the love scenes were included, they were wonderful but they were more of a teaser. Roxanne was portrayed in my eyes as a spoiled princess who thought since she was raised like a man that she should be allowed to go to war and get away with too much. Alexander at times verged on insane because he thought he was descended from gods and more than once he survived wounds that would have killed others. If you're looking for HEA, this story has one but it is quite a surprise.
A good story about Alexander the Great as told by Roxanne of Persia. She has the courage of a warrior and the training of a prince of her people. When she learned she was not to be a slave she vowed to await her bridegroom with her leopard at her side and seduction at her fingertips.
Princess and heir of the twin kingdoms of Bactria and Sogdiana, Roxanne can ride like a prince and finds her life taking a different path than she had planned when Alexander the Great conquers her homeland and takes her as his wife. Through endless campaigns, he accumulates vast territories and drives his army deep into India, while his relationship with Roxanne threatens his inner circle. French depicts life in the fourth century B.C.E. with a great deal of gritty detail and presents a particularly vivid picture of ancient Persia. The political machinations and broad sweep of history are the novel's focus, while Roxanne and Alexander's obsessions with their own lives as rulers, and with each other,
It was a night never to be forgotten. A night that would forever change two lives, and the course of history. For two long years her father's tiny ountain kingdon had withstood the counqueror's sweeping forces, but now the barbarians had stormed the mile high citadel and the women cowered in fear. All but the one called Little Star. Famed as the most bveautiful woman in all Persia, Roxanne had the courage of a fierce warrior and the training of a price of her people. when she learned that slavery was not to be her lot, but a brilliant political alliance, she vowed to await her bridegroom with her snarling leopard at her side and silken seduction at ther fingertips. For she was not plaything, but more than a match for any man, ever Alexander the Great.