ARC Review: Realm by Alexandrea WeisRealm by Alexandrea Weis
Published by Vesuvian Books on May 14, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: ARC
Source: Netgalley
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A woman unlike any other, she will conquer the unconquerable and be loved by a man who is worshipped as a god.

Based on a true story.

When her homeland of Bactria is conquered by the mighty Alexander of Macedon, 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.

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


My Thoughts

To be honest, I really thought that this book is a historical romance. I thought that it’s a story of a bride plucked away from home and how she starts this fiery romance with her new husband. Well, it’s not. And I’m so glad it’s not. Don’t get me wrong… I really love historical romances. I find them so very entertaining. But books like Realm, a historical fiction, has awakened my mind.

History is ‘the one that got away’ for me. I really loved it back in high school. I loved hearing about tales of war and great men. I loved learning about Alexander the Great and how he conquered lands and built his empire. But I never heard about the Mighty Roxana – the wife he loved. Until I started reading this magnificent book.

Just a disclaimer, this book is still a historical fiction. From the book’s synopsis it’s based on a true story. I think that the author tried her best to follow the facts about Alexander and Roxana but there are still gaps and those gaps are filled with fiction. 

Anyways, I really enjoyed the plot of this book. I love the strength of the main character which is Roxana. I also really loved her character development. From a girl pining for a husband’s attention to a strong mother, this character’s strength as a person and a woman is something that I wish I have for myself. I’m also really interested in her relationship with Alexander. Their relationship is beyond complex and I have this doubt if it’s really love but their interactions are very interesting and different from other books. I also really liked the diversity in the personality of the characters even if they’re hard to keep track of because of the difficult names (I think it’s just me). 

This book is close to perfection for me. I loved its pacing even when it’s quite slow. I liked the characters and the plot. However, I have to say that this book isn’t for everyone. We all have our preferences and not all can enjoy these kinds of books. 

Overall, I highly recommend this book for lovers of historical fiction. It’s a book that’s different from what I usually read – truly refreshing!

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