It is no big secret that I am a big fan of historical fiction books. I particularly like books that are based in ancient history. I thank Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for sending me a copy of The Queen of Warriors by Zenobia Neil at no charge for my honest review.
About The Queen of Warriors:
Alexandra of Sparta vowed her sword and her heart to the goddess Artemis. And the goddess blessed her. But no warrior lives at peace, and soon, Alexandra loses her title, her troops, and all she holds dear, including the man who holds her heart.
Cursed by a Babylonian witch, she is forced to return to a city she once conquered to make amends, but is captured by the powerful Persian rebel, Artaxerxes. As his prisoner, she awaits judgment for her crimes. But Artaxerxes is not what he seems. With death approaching, Alexandra must face her violent past and discover the truth of her captor’s identity before it’s too late.
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About the Author:
Zenobia Neil was named after an ancient warrior queen who fought against the Romans. She writes about the mythic past and Greek and Roman gods having too much fun. She lives with her husband, two children, and dog in Los Angeles. The Queen of Warriors is her third book.
Alexandra is a warrior of Sparta. She has become the leader of an army of men and her exploits have her being called the Warrior Queen. She has been fighting for a long time and she has a loyal cadre of men that follow her. Along the way she has made some friends and many enemies. What she didn’t expect was for it all to fall apart so spectacularly.
After rising to heights she could not have imagined it all comes crashing down and Alexandra finds herself seeking those she lost. After meeting with an oracle she realizes she has to go back to her beginnings to find the answers she seeks. It will not be an easy journey but she starts out in hopes of reaching a state of peace.
This was a book that pulls you in from the beginning. It’s not the kind of book that mollycoddles the horrors of war so be aware of that. There are scenes of violence involving war, execution, rape and sexual assault. Any time you read a book about war you are bound to deal with some blood and guts. What I didn’t get with this book was the purposeful placement of a strong female as the protagonist and then the choices made for her downfall and subsequent redemption. I don’t want to go into too many details so as to avoid spoilers but I will admit to a certain disappointment at this treatment.
Overall I very much enjoyed the book but for this last part. The characters are strong and well developed and very interesting. It’s a different take on a novel and I liked that. I am looking forward the the next book in the series
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