Alexander and Alestria: A Novel by Shan Sa PDF

By Shan Sa

ISBN-10: 0061543543

ISBN-13: 9780061543548

ISBN-10: 0061692883

ISBN-13: 9780061692888

Starting with Alexander's formative years in Macedonia along with his abusive father, tyrannical King Philip and his overbearing mom Olympias - informed by means of 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 woman warriors who dominate this significant land on the fringe of the identified international. Switching among the certain voices of Alexander, Alestria, and Tania (the queen's unswerving follower and confidante), Shan Sa brings the reader to the heart 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 come upon one another at the battlefield; stunned 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 self sufficient lady who had renounced males has came upon a cause to go away her tribe. This ebook is fantastically translated through Adriana Hunter (who additionally translated the significantly acclaimed "Empress").

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With us they had to laugh even if they wanted to cry, to be strong and full of fight even if their hearts were torn apart. Some girls disappeared during this annual gathering. We never pursued or punished those who left us. We considered this fall from grace to have been written in their stars. We barely even commented when a girl left: the moment she broke away from us, her name ceased to be heard, her face was erased from our memories. We considered that her soul had simply gone, just as it had once arrived in our midst.

Our men will be no more than droplets of water spilled along a shoreline. ” It was not in pursuit of victory that I wanted to confront 28 Alexander and Alestria Z danger! ” “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.

I was a little older than her. I may have been melancholy, but I was a stranger to sorrow. • • • on t he st eppes we were known as the Amazons, which meant the tribe of girls who loved horses. We reared the swiftest, hardiest horses with the most magnificent coats. Like other nomads, we strayed beneath the skies in search of tall grass and limpid water. We were tough, solitary girls, forging no links with other peoples. No one knew where we came from; no one knew of our divinity; no one knew the Amazons, who kept the secret of their origins to themselves.

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