by Jennifer Macaire

March 2003
ISBN: 1-74100-128-5
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Ashley and Alex continue their wild adventures in Jennifer Macaire’s book Heroes in the Dust, which is the second book in her time travel Iskander series. As, her readers discovered in book one, Time for Alexander, Ashley was in her former life, a time travelling journalist who missed her ride back to the future and Alex is, of course, Alexander the Great. In this book, Alex and Ashley are searching for their son Paul, who has been kidnapped by Alexander’s enemies. Together, they follow Paul’s kidnapper over the Himalayas and towards India. As Ashley and Alexander continue their quest to find their son they must deal with the developing relationship between them and Ashley must deal with her knowledge of the future and what that means for Alexander and for her.

I enjoyed this book just as much as I enjoyed the first novel in this extraordinary series. The plot is so fresh and unusual that it captures the reader’s attention and never lets it go. This history is remarkable and it is fun to delve into the fictional lives of all those people we often only read about. In this book, more emotional issues were dealt with, as well as the conflict between Ashley’s twentieth century morals and the real word of 330 B.C. The theme of this novel seems to be the question what defines love and what can love survive. I think the author did a wonderful job answering both of those questions. The dialogue sparkled throughout the story and the characters were very real to this reader. However, some of the scenes are a bit violent including a slightly shocking rape scene and morality at times takes a back seat to the story and the time period. I myself did not mind this as it brought that time period to life and helped me better understand the characters. However, those of you who would be bothered by Alexander having more than one wife and more than one lover might want to shy away from this series. Nevertheless, I found the love story in this book to be heart warming and touching. Overall, I have to give this book 5 roses for its originality, well written plot, wonderful characters, and, best of all, a great love story.

Reviewed in February 2003 by Jen.

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