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The Road to Alexander: Fantastic time-travel to ancient Greece (The Time For Alexander Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I found this one of those books that was easy to read, but easy to put down for quite long periods. In part, this is because the story, though full of incident, is pretty much summed up in the first paragraph of this review. Alexander and Ashley have explicit and amazing sex, she travels with the army, something happens, Alexander and Ashley have explicit and amazing sex, they travel on, something happens… You get the picture.
Part of the problem, for me, was Ashley's character. She is, by her own account, an ice maiden. Apart from her ability to fall madly in love with Alexander (did I mention the explicit and amazing sex?), and, later, Alexander’s best friend/lover, Ashley finds human relationships difficult. She is hampered, too, by the fact that she can't open up honestly to anybody as no one must ever know that she is from the future. It is only when she finally admits the truth to Alexander and lets her emotions show in a tearful outburst that I begin to warm to her as a character, but unfortunately this is the climax of the book. It does bode well for the second novel in what is set to be quite a long series.
While Ashley is cold and aloof, Alexander is very emotional and very open (cue lots of explicit and amazing etc etc). He is also spectacularly good at everything and almost godlike. Macaire does make him a spectacularly bad singer, which we are reminded of from time to time to give him his single human frailty, but he remains a difficult figure to identify with, even if he’s not about to win Pop Idol any time soon.
This isn't really a story about Ashley at all. It's a story about Alexander the Great and his astonishing achievements. Like Ashley, Macaire seems more than a little in love with Alexander and she certainly knows a lot about him. She claims, in an end-note, not to be a historian, but she's the only blogger I've read who can post in Ancient Greek and it's clear that she knows her stuff. Enormous quantities of historical detail are incorporated in a thoroughly readable way. Everything from military tactics to medicine to diet to feminine hygiene products is covered in an easy prose style. Macaire’s prose does carry you along, free from any jarring notes.
Macaire makes her period vibrant and alive. If you are interested in Alexander the Great, you will find much to interest you in this book. If you like historical fiction because you enjoy learning about daily life in the past, this is definitely a rewarding read. There is also no doubt that if Macaire ever wants to branch out into erotic fiction, she will be up there with the best of them, so that’s another potential attraction.
Overall, it's clear that I have mixed feelings about The Road to Alexander but I did enjoy it. If you're into well researched historical novels, you'll probably enjoy it too. I suspect that now that the characters are established and Ashley has begun to open up as a human being (and even Alexander is becoming a more rounded character), the second book in the series will be even better than this one.
An interesting read which seems well researched. Ashley is pulled into a whole new world but being with Alexander is all she wants. I would recommend it.
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The ancient ways are quite different to what we know now and so the novel turns to a hilarious endeavor. Reading on about Ashley’s journey, her interactions and accepting things as they were, was fascinating to read. The author manages to take you back in time with her outstanding literature skill and teach you a thing or two about love and how women should be treated like.
The character building was superbly done and as it is a historical novel, I was looking for many references to historical facts. The author did not disappoint me as the author had added enough content to satisfy the point.
I believe the success of this novel is purely based on the strong character developments within the book. Alexander and Ashley are from two completely different worlds. The distinction is quite apparent and the author manages to clearly grasp the idea of making the reader aware of it.
I recommend this book to historical fiction fans and readers that appreciate the hint of love in stories.
Written by Jeyran Main
While I am less a fan of time-travel and fantasy, the placement of a thoroughly modern woman from our future, as much as she could come from our present, allows an interesting aspect in the growing relationship between Alexander and the heroine, Ashley, that might not be achievable with a contemporary of Alexander's. Her choices, his intervention, her sole knowledge of her reality, and their deepening connection requires Ashley first to accept Alexander and his life exactly as they are, the ultimate requisite for all great love, and then requires truth from her and the seal of his own acceptance. How much this tells us about the historical Alexander is perhaps besides the point. What it can tell us about Eros and love between men and women approaching the Socratic ideal of love between men, lifting it from the realm of the reproductive toward the sublime love of equality is perhaps the central message of this book.
Ashley and Alexander touch in one another what each needs to move from Plato's notion of the object of love, her coldness and lack of honesty causing her to be taken for a goddess, unable to love and to desire because all of a god's desires are met, to a human woman, the subject of Alexander's love, able to risk trust. She becomes greater herself, and Alexander, in turn, can find a healing love for the injuries his mother inflicted on him as a child. The book suggests not only that Alexander is responsible for bringing the greatness of Hellenistic culture and democracy to modern times, but that his life is a step from Socratic notions of ideal love to the place of women in modern society.
A caution for anyone considering offering the books to get young adults interested in antiquity and the spread of Hellenism, definitely an adult treatment of Eros, which might not be at all displeasing for the grown-ups out there.
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