Genre: Historical Fiction
Published June 2017 by Accent Press
Standalone Second book in a series. (Book 1 is available for $0.99 on Amazon right now)
Estimated Page Count – 300
Potential Trigger Warnings: There is a rape scene, the death of an infant, and a birth
When Ashley Riveraine jumped at the chance to travel back in time to meet her hero Alexander the Great, she never thought she would end up staying there…
Following Alexander the Great’s army on its journey across Persia, Ashley is walking the knife edge of history. As a presumed goddess, Ashley is expected to bless crops, make sure battles are won and somehow keep herself out of the history books.
Can Ashley avoid the wrath of the Time Institute while keeping the man she loves alive?
This is the second of the stories of Ashley of the Sacred Sandals, who has travelled back in time to meet Alexander the Great. You do not need to read the first book in this series to follow this story as there is a lot of back story scattered throughout. Ashley becomes the third wife of Alexander, and the one he truly loves. This story follows Alexander’s history, his battles, his travels and his raunchy love life. This story details his life from 330 BC to 328 BC. The book ends with Alexander and his army getting ready to enter into India. There were a lot of bloody battles in this book, more than in the first.
Once again, many of the characters are historical (you can look many of them up), but there is a lot of fiction to the story as well. The characters are well described, both physically as well as their characters. To be honest, I did not enjoy this one as much as the first, perhaps because of an increase in sexual activity and promiscuity, but it was still an enjoyable story. There is actually a bit of a love triangle in this story. I was saddened by a couple of character’s deaths, but it seems that is also historically accurate. The lifestyle that the army, Alexander and Ashley lived is not easy. Being on the move, often on foot, setting up new camps, sharing bath houses, eating bread with stones in it and more are not the way I would have wanted to live. And yes, we see elephants in this story. The story moves quickly, even with all the descriptions. As I mentioned earlier, the relationships get complicated and some of it quite graphic, so be prepared. Overall I enjoyed the story and am looking forward to what happens next in Alexander’s and Ashley’s adventures. I received a copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About Jennifer Macaire: Jennifer Macaire lives with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves cooking, eating chocolate, growing herbs and flowering plants on her balcony, and playing golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.