Realm

Realm

by Alexandra Weis

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Overview

When her homeland is conquered by the mighty Alexander the Great, Roxana—the daughter of a mere chieftain—is torn from her simple life and thrown into a world of war and intrigue.

Terrified, the sixteen-year-old girl of renowned beauty is brought before the greatest ruler the world has ever known. Her life is in his hands; her future his to decide.

Without formal education or noble blood, Roxana is chosen by the Greek conqueror to be his bride. Soon she comes to know profound happiness and unyielding desire in her warrior’s arms.

However, being the king’s consort comes at a heavy price. To survive her husband’s treacherous kingdom, she must endure continuous warfare, deadly plots, jealous rivals, victory-hungry generals, and the stigma of being a barbarian. Persian blood will keep her from claiming the grandest title of all—queen—but her reign will seal the fate of an empire.

History tells his story. This is hers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944109486
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Pages: 397
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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Realm 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReadersFavorite3 5 days ago
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite In Realm by Alexandrea Weis, Roxana's world is turned upside-down overnight when the king chooses her to be his wife, plucking her from her father's doting arms into a world where she would never be fully accepted as fit to be the king's wife. Eventually, Roxana and the king cement their places in each other's hearts but even this will be tested as the king fulfills his obligations to other royal families. They will be betrayed, tried, and suffer great losses but as long as they still have each other, everything will be all right. However, what will she do when tragedy strikes again, leaving her with a future king to protect in a world where she cannot trust anyone? Realm by Alexandrea Weis is, by far, one of the most memorable historical novels I have ever read and Roxana's story will stay with me for a very long time. It combines romance, drama, war, and an unforgettable pivotal character to bring to life a tale unlike any other. I especially loved how well-rounded and balanced Roxana's character is. She is strong and yet vulnerable, and she is wiser than most but does not have all the answers and still has many lessons to learn. She feels truly human and very easily relatable even though her story is set in a different place and time. Realm is a very emotionally charged story with several moments that will either have you in awe, make you smile, fill you with empathy or have you in tears. Have some tissues with you; you will need it.
ReadersFavorite2 5 days ago
Reviewed by Heather Stockard for Readers' Favorite Realm by Alexandrea Weis is the fictional account of Roxana, the wife of one of the greatest military commanders who ever lived. She was only sixteen when Alexander the Great swept into Persia at the head of his mighty army. His conquest of the country was swift and complete and marked a turning point in Persian history. It also marked a turning point in the life of Roxana, daughter of a Persian nobleman from Bactria. She caught Alexander’s eye when she danced for him at a banquet. She was young and beautiful, and it was said to be love at first sight for Alexander. History does not tell us how Roxana felt. This novel is an imagining of her story. It follows Roxana as she travels with Alexander’s army and tries to find her place with her husband and his people. Weis convincingly conveys the atmosphere of intrigue and danger that must have surrounded Roxana, the Persian wife of a great Macedonian king. The idea of the story is fascinating. Who is the woman who captured the passion of Alexander the Great, a man famous for his disinterest in romantic relations? Weir takes what little we know about Alexander’s wife and weaves a compelling tale filled with adventure and tragic romance. Roxana is transformed from a footnote in the life of her husband into a real woman caught between two worlds, whose life was fraught with hopes and fears and broken dreams. Realm is a great interpretation of the bittersweet life of one of history’s forgotten heroines.
ReadersFavorite1 5 days ago
Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite Realm by Alexandrea Weis is a historical romance novel about Alexander the Great and one of his half-Persian wives. This book is written in a novel format and follows a more or less chronological sequence of events. The story starts with an introduction to Roxana, the half-Persian daughter of a chief, who is not only beautiful, but also brave and skilled. When Alexander and his Greek troops make their way to her family tent, they are surprised to find a girl who understands their language and is not afraid to stand proud in front of them. When Alexander meets her for the first time at a banquet, he is enamored of her and quickly asks for her hand in marriage. Although this is an alliance that is meant to foster peace between these groups, the primary motivation is love and passion on the part of Alexander. What follows is their story of marriage, love, desire, and the future of the kingdom set against the backdrop of war and conquests of those times. Realm by Alexandrea Weis is a very well-written novel that I really enjoyed reading. Although the story is seemingly based on some true facts, essentially this is a historical retelling of the marriage between Alexander and Roxana, written in their own voices. So, we have direct access to their thoughts and emotions. I liked that this is not just a love story, but also portrays many characters and their lives such as Alexander’s close friends and family, his affairs with other women and his multiple marriages, his homosexual relationships along with the Greek culture of those times, and the warfare and conquests of kingdoms which formed such a big part of Alexander’s life. Throughout all of this, Roxana remains a central figure in the book and she is depicted as the chief influence on Alexander out of his numerous wives and queens. This is a well written and entertaining read.
ReadersFavorite 5 days ago
Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite If you studied Latin in high school, or if you’re an ancient history buff, you will remember the endless battles between various empires as conquerors sought dominion over one country after another. One of the greatest of these conquerors was Alexander the Great of Greece, who by the time of his death at age 33 ruled an empire that stretched from Greece to Northwestern India. Alexander is the primary male protagonist in Realm by Alexandrea Weis. But it is his Persian wife, Roxana, who is the key player in this absorbing historical romance. Roxana wasn’t Alexander’s only wife, but unlike his other two politically motivated marriages, Alexander married the 16-year-old for love. But his was a love the beautiful and feisty Roxana didn’t want…at least initially. The fact that he was Greek and she was Persian didn’t help her accept his love despite her attraction to him. Nor did it help her be accepted as the wife of a “king” by his Greek generals, his massive legions of followers, and his domineering mother. To tell you the full plot of Realm would be sinful. It’s so intricate and full of intrigue thanks to a huge cast of evil characters forever plotting someone else’s demise. Despite the fact that most of the book involves Roxana and Alexander moving from one camp and country to another while soldiers fight and feast…Alexander loves throwing banquets…one is never bored, if for no other reason than the character of Roxana is so compelling: if she were around today, she’d be campaigning for women’s rights. Realm explores the status of women as secondary to men in all areas, but Roxana fights that status throughout the book, often proving to Alexander, his men and the reader that women were created for far more than being bedded and having babies. Female readers will love Roxana, even at those times when life gets on top of her and she reaches for the wine. When she bounces back, she is proof our struggles can make us stronger. There are so many things about Realm that I enjoyed I couldn’t possibly list them all. Even though I felt the language used in the plentiful dialogue was occasionally a tad too modern, the overall writing style is excellent, with just enough description to capture the changing geographic and other scenes. Apart from male/female inequalities, Realm presents a clear picture of the life and people of the times, the loyalty of servants to kind masters and mistresses, the deep friendships between rulers and followers, along with the jealousies and bloodlust of war. Of course, much of the interplay between the key characters is fictionalized but Weis is such a good writer, you’ll find yourself thinking that’s how it all really happened. Weis says Realm was a labour of love. That love shows throughout this book. Enjoy.
Michele-G 5 days ago
I found Realm to be a captivating novel. It was based on the life of Roxana who was the Persian-born, first wife of Alexander the Great. As I read the book, I became more fascinated by her and did further research into her history. The book is not a pure biography as we obviously do not know exactly what happened during the time period. I would say it is a loosely based historical fiction. That said, I was quite intrigued by it. The book starts when she meets him at age sixteen. She is a strong-willed and intelligent young woman which is definitely what drew him to her. Even though it was difficult to read how she was treated at times, one has to remember the time period and that women were not respected during that time period. When I say that, he was never abusive to her, it is just that she was kept separate with the caravan of mistresses and such which meant he came to her when it was convenient and she rarely spent time in his quarters early in the story. She did later on though. Actually, it appears that Alexander gave her more respect than was typical for the time. Also, he married her because he wanted to, not for political gain. That said, she was the epitome of a strong woman and fought diligently to protect those that she cared for. Even though the book read a lot like a Greek tragedy (which is ironic given Alexander's obsession with The Iliad), I found it fascinating. (As a sidenote, I'm not a fan of the cover. I, personally, don't think it is a fair representation of Roxana.) Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
MJSolitarie 5 days ago
I received a complimentary advance copy of this book to give a voluntary honest review. This review contains only my own thoughts and opinions of this book. Realm was a maelstrom of every kind of emotion for me and not at all what I had expected. Just one book made me feel everything from immensely thrilled to tear-filled sorrow. To be honest, had I known when I got the book what an emotional coaster-ride it would be I probably wouldn’t have read it. However now afterwards, I do not regret reading it at all. Let me start of by saying that I know very little of Greek history or Alexander the Great. As a matter of fact, I usually don’t read anything historical. What drew me to read Realm was the romance aspect of the story and being that’s how the book started, with Roxana and Alexander meeting for the first time, I was hooked. However, I soon started to get a bit pissed because it felt like the romance was put on the back burner with Roxana being isolated and alone in the middle of war and politics, having to be okay with mistresses and potential future wives. I felt for her and the unfair treatment of being a woman at that time. This feeling came back to haunt me at several points in the story where the woman who dreamed of a life where she could ride horses, go on adventures and see the world was nothing but the obedient wife outside of all the action. Still, knowing that this was based on history and the author wanting to keep it accurate to that (as well as me knowing the romance was just a personal preference for me), I tried to keep an open mind. And it payed of. The relationship between Alexander and Roxana strengthened and developed beautifully, as well did the plot with the wars and travels and relations to other characters like Hephaestion and the other generals. Suddenly I wasn’t all in for the romance but also the history aspect, the characters and the adventure. I loved every part of it and I got really curious and made the mistake of looking up the history online. I wanted to see over it’s accuracy and what would happen next. If anyone reading this review and like me knows very little of history I won’t spoil anything, but what I found out abruptly put a damper on things and made me dread to keep reading. Of course, what I dreaded came to pass, but also some surprises, both happy and sad, on the way that made it bearable. Starting this book I don’t think I ever expected that I would ever cry. Several times at that. I didn’t think I would feel anger or jealousy for Roxana on such a deep level, or regret or confusion. This was a completely different kind of story than I thought it was going to be, but I’m not disappointed at all. Sure, there were things I did not like, such as how Roxana always had to accommodate Alexander and be okay with everything he did. But I understand that it was written that way because of the way the look on women was at that time. There was also some confusion for me when it came to the war and politics, especially near the end, but Roxana and the other characters compensated well for that so I didn’t care that much that I didn’t fully follow what exactly was happening. The one thing however I would have preferred, and this may just be a personal and a bit of a corny wish of mine, but I would have liked to see Roxana and Alexander reunited in the Elysian Fields at the end of the book. It would have given me the perfect closure I needed after such a riveting and emotional read.
Jamie Brydone-Jack 5 days ago
Herstory of Alexander the Great's Consort Roxana Roxana is the sixteen-year-old daughter of a chieftain when her homeland is conquered by Alexander the Great. Alexander takes her away and makes her his bride, but she will never be queen because of her Persian ancestry. What will happen to this sweet and naïve young girl when she is thrust into a world of political intrigue and war? This book is a fictionalized account of a real woman who actually became pivotal in the life of Alexander the Great. The book is steeped in history, yet the author is able to pull us into Roxana’s story on a personal level, and we experience history through the eyes of someone living it. The author has a smooth, easy writing style that draws you right into the story and keeps your attention as she reveals Roxana’s experiences. The book is long, but don't let this intimidate you. Again, the author has such an engaging writing style that you quickly become immerses and simply want to keep turning the pages to see what is going to happen next. Soon, you'll be glad it is a long book because you won’t want the very personal yet historical ride to end!