Alexander and Alestria: A Novel by Shan Sa

By Shan Sa

Starting with Alexander's adolescence in Macedonia along with his abusive father, tyrannical King Philip and his overbearing mom Olympias - proficient via Aristotle and proficient within the army education - he develops the fierce personality, power, 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 gigantic land on the fringe of the recognized global. Switching among the unique 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 overcome 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 epidermis scarred from years of conflict. and finally, this self reliant lady who had renounced males has came across a cause to depart her tribe. This ebook is fantastically translated by way of Adriana Hunter (who additionally translated the seriously acclaimed "Empress").

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That moment I knew my god had abandoned me. He had abandoned me to my own fate, to the Persian warriors who were still hurling themselves at me. I had to make the choice alone: to wake up or close my eyes, to let myself be carried off by the sweet torpor or to return to the horror and the shouting. Suddenly I could sense death breathing over me, hear its lascivious whispering. It wrapped me in its arms and rolled out a smooth calm road before me, stretching to the horizon. I don’t want its monotonous peace!

Was she afraid? Fierce warriors and famished tigers had not succeeded in shaking her. What was she waiting for? Had some nomad invited her to follow him? Was it a woman who had arranged to meet her here to join us as an Amazon? Since when had she grown so weak that she carried a secret in her heart? Talestria, my wild queen, the warrior with two weapons, how long had she been at war with herself? All of a sudden I was aware of a man’s singing above the rustling grass, at first indistinct and then loud and clear.

I sat at the entrance to my tent and watched the lightning throw its terrifying writing across the mauve vault of the sky. The autumn unfurled sapphire blue skies, and I lay in the grass watching butterflies with wings covered in tiny scales. The other girls made fun of my melancholy ways. Melancholy is the poetry of a carefree life. • • • i, ta ni a, serv ing girl to the queen, do not know where I was born; I do not know my age or my birth name. ” I asked my mother, the one who took me in and fed me on ewe’s milk.

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