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The Conqueror's Wife Paperback – December 1, 2015
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“Through the eyes of the fascinating and fierce women in Alexander's life, Thornton enchants the reader with a fresh new look at an ancient hero. Her accessible and energetic writing brings the ancient world to life while giving voice to the voiceless in this vivid tale of the women in the shadow of Alexander's glory. What a talent!”—Stephanie Dray, bestselling author of Lily on the Nile
"Stephanie Thornton boldly goes where other historical novelists might fear to tread. In her recounting of Alexander the Great's epic quest of conquest, as told through the eyes of the shrewd, ambitious and dangerous women surrounding him, she brings to life the treachery, glory, and intrigue of a fascinating ancient world."—C.W. Gortner, bestselling author of Mademoiselle Chanel
“A conqueror slices through the ancient world on pages that writhe with ambition and danger, yet the reader is swept in by unexpected heroines. This gritty epic is voiced by the tenacious women who surrounded Alexander the Great, proving he would’ve been nothing of the sort without them.”—Marci Jefferson, author of Girl on the Golden Coin
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This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy this novel however, I did, but I found myself boggled by the title. In fact during the first few chapters it actually put me off the story a little. The multitude of voices when I expected just one caused me to find the beginning of the novel somewhat diluted. However I’m glad to say that as the novel progressed I became attached to all four characters and appreciated their varied outlooks upon the events of the novel. They are four very unique and vivid characters that highlighted the way of the world during Alexander’s reign.
Hephaestion, one of the four and the only male voice, was a childhood companion of Alexander that travelled by his side throughout his decade-long conquering campaign. It is amazing just how much Hephaestion, and all of Alexander’s loyal soldiers, were willing to give up in order to serve him. It is as though they truly thought him to be the God he declared himself to be and would follow him to Hades itself if he asked. In fact there are certain scenes in this novel that would make you think they were already there.
The author did a wonderful job of depicting the battle scenes, making them realistic and very fast-paced. I learnt much about how Macedonian battles were fought.Read more ›
Alexander the Great was a powerful man but so were the women who stood behind him – they were strong, independent, and powerful in their own right and they all helped to shape the man Alexander was. There is Alexander’s half-sister Thessalonike who so badly wants to travel the world and wants nothing more than to go along with Alexander but she is forbidden to. Then we have the Persian princess Drypetis who refuses to let go of her traditions and customs despite Alexander taking her father’s throne. Finally there is the crafty Roxana who is extraordinarily beautiful and she uses that beauty to become Alexander’s queen. She’s a dangerous one though and will do anything to keep her crown. As Alexander comes to control an ever vaster empire he learns that not all are to be trusted and long after he’s taken his last breath these women will still be fighting to keep his legacy alive.
Before reading this novel I knew a bit about Alexander the Great but certainly not much. The more I read the more interested I became in all of the characters and I began to search online for more information. To me that is the sign of great historical fiction and a great author.Read more ›
Each chapter focused on a different character. I especially enjoyed this, as it allowed each character to have a more developed arc in the story. I found Roxana's development especially interesting, without giving any spoilers.
I also have to admit that I wasn't sure about the inclusion of Hephaestion's perspective at first, but as the story unfolded I saw how he was a very vital part of everything that happened. His friendship with Alexander had a significant impact on both of them and the inclusion of it in the story shed crucial light on Alexander's personality and behavior.
I've anticipated this book ever since finishing Thornton's previous work The Tiger Queens, and it entirely lived up to my expectations. The characters were well-developed, and the history was meticulously written and researched as well. I will add that there is quite a lot of graphic violence in the story. This was reflective of the historical era and political scheming that went on, so I personally didn't mind it so much, but it's something to keep in mind if you don't like intense violence in books. Overall, though, I would highly recommend this book to history buffs.
(I've posted this review on Goodreads as well.)
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I really wanted to like this book,but I really didn't. Pacing was slow, you never really cared about any of the characters (except Hephaestion). Read morePublished 9 days ago by R. E. Buttner
I'm enjoying the the premises of the book but I'm having difficulties with the italicized words used throughout. There should be a dictionary in the book for reference.Published 24 days ago by MSTNG-00
This is the first book of Ms. Thornton's I have read -- it will not be the last. The characters are rich and believable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marlene Shaner
Another winner from Thornton! Not many authors can bring the ancient world and obscure historical figures to life quite like Thornton. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah L. Gruwell
I've wondered about Alexander but never investigated until this book (a fiction based on history) which gave me insight on the man and his cohorts.Published 2 months ago by Marlynn Hedgecock
Superb! Being an historian I can forgive the minor irregularities in the story. The author gives the most accurate portrait of a "man". Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tom Peaslee
I found it extremely difficult to follow because of the many characters involved and all with unfamiliar difficult sounding names. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katy