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- Print Length: 258 pages
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- Publisher: Quinn Publications (July 6, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 6, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0115C9S40
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Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres, and when you add a strong main female character into the mix, it is a definite recipe for success! The Better of Two Men is the third in the Overlord series by J. D. Smith, and I would have to say that put me at a bit of a disadvantage since I have not read the first two books in the series. Don’t get me wrong – I had no problem following the plot or becoming familiar with the setting, but I think it took me a little bit longer to sort out the relationships between characters as a result. Once I had everyone figured out though, I was quickly swept up into the continuing story of Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra in 261 AD Syria, as told thirty years later by her half brother, Zabdas, who has risen through the years from slave to warrior and finally ear to King Odenathus, husband of Zenobia.
Zabdas loves Zenobia deeply, even deeper probably than a half brother should, so the story he tells paints a picture of a woman like no other. She is strong, smart, fearless, cunning, very powerful, and a well respected leader, and she is determined to protect her entire country at any cost, even if it sometimes means going against her husband’s wishes or cleverly swaying the King to her way of thinking when she needs to. The Persians are still a very real danger in the east and must be pushed back, and the Tanukh tribe is still a danger to the trade route on the Eurphrates. At the same time, there are new pretenders in the east whose goal is to unseat the Emperor of Rome and take his place. King Odenathus is caught between the two sides, struggling to keep the protection of Rome but also protect the city of Palmyra which he rules and loves and maintain Syria’s identity as a separate country.
Historical Fiction. It takes you to another place and time and teaches you about different eras and cultures. What J.D. Smith does with historical fiction is to take it one step further. She makes you feel – feel what it was like to exist in that place and time, feel what the people who lived then went through emotionally, mentally, and physically. She picks you up and plunks you right in the middle of it so that you get the real experience of the characters’ lives with her vivid descriptions and her ability to make you feel the emotions of the characters. She makes you think and compare the differences and similarities to our own lives today, culminating with the conclusion I came to that no matter when or where we live we all go through the same general struggles, including the dilemma that love poses in our lives. As Zabdas says, “love is both the thing we live for most, and our greatest undoing”. The Better of Two Men is a powerful and emotional story of loyalty, love, family, power, politics, deception, revenge, and regret, and definitely proves that revenge doesn’t always bring satisfaction. It does not bring back what you have lost. By telling his story, Zabdas tries to come to terms with everything that has happened over the years. It’s a history of warring peoples but also a tale of warring emotions and morals and coming to terms with the past. In essence, it’s a story of conflict, personal and political, and I highly recommend it!