by Judith E. French

December 2003
ISBN: 0-505-52571-2
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Mass Market Paperback

The cover of The Conqueror commands your attention. Famed cover model Cherif Fortinís stunning features beckon readers to take a closer look. While this cover may sell a few books, the prose inside will keep readers fascinated from the first page to the last.

As a near-mythic historical figure, Alexander the Great has not had the same literary attention as his medieval counterpart, King Arthur. As I read this book, I wondered why? Clearly his achievements should have been worthy of a few books, so what was it about Alexander that discouraged fictional tales of his exploits? Since the author does such a fine job with The Conqueror, I havenít discovered the answer.

As we all know, Alexanderís armies cut a swath through the Mideast and Asia that has never been duplicated. On the march, he is constantly besieged with marriage offers and strategic alliances. He refuses them all until he meets Roxanne, the famed warrior princess of Bactria and Sogdiana. While her beauty is unsurpassed, it is her spirit that intrigues the Macedonian general.

The Conqueror follows the royal couple across Asia, with plenty of adventures. Author Judith French has skillfully crafted not only a top-notch romance but an excellent work of historical fiction. You can see the armies, hear the sounds of war, and experience the passion of Alexander and Roxanne. If you would like to read something a little bit different, without sacrificing the romance, then this book should do the trick.

Reviewed in December 2003 by Paula.

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