Son of the Moon (The Time for Alexander #3) by Jennifer Macaire
Genre: Historical Fiction, Time-travel
Published on October 2017 by Accent Press
Alexander the Great journeys to India, where he and Ashley are welcomed with feasts and treachery.
With their son, Paul, being worshiped as the Son of the Moon, and Alexander’s looming death, Ashley considers the unthinkable: how to save them and whether she dares to cheat Fate?
Son of the Moon is the third book in the Time for Alexander series. It is important that you read these books in order and they are a continuous story, this one beginning where the last has ended. Alexander has veered off his original course of heading to India, to travel to the Sacred Valley. His and Ashley’s son, Paul, is supposed to be there and they finally arrive to find him safe. Will he be going with them? After leaving the Sacred Valley, they finally meet up with the rest of Alexander’s army in India where they find out that Roxanne, another of Alexander’s wives, is waiting for them. There is no love lost between her and Ashley and Ashley does not trust her at all. Of course, Alexander is in for another battle.
This historical fiction book is based on actual events, with a lot of fiction thrown in. There is a lot of action, both in war and in the bedroom, or bathhouse, or river etc. I do love the relationship that Ashley and Alexander have, although it would never fly in today’s society. Relationships in 300 BC are very open and accepted, with the sharing of lovers, unbridled nudity, fully accepted and open same-sex relationships and a lot of sexual activity. The story is told from Ashley’s POV and it often compared to her time (she is from our future) which is a bit scary. Alexander is an emotional, caring hero with flaws. I love the depiction of his army, which is more like a traveling city. As he continues to explore the world, more people join his “family” so that he has soldiers, families, doctors, scribes, teachers, cooks and all sorts of others to make this group work. Although battles are described, they are quick and not detailed as the emphasis is on the human relationships and the goal to spread Greek civilization and democracy. The writing flows well and is well paced. It is easy to read this book in one sitting, and I found myself quickly reading to see what was going to happen to all the characters I have gotten to know in the previous stories. Of course, Ashley has some idea of what is going to happen, coming from the future and having studied Alexander the Great, but she doesn’t know exactly when things will happen. She also has to be very careful that she doesn’t change the course of history. If you love historical fiction mixed with alternate history and events, then you’ll enjoy this series. I received a copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author
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.