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"Bow" reviewed

Thank you, Carole Rae, for this goodreads review:

Thank you, Carole Rae, for this goodreads review:

Carole Rae's review
Dec 17, 11

Recommended to Carole by: Andrew Levkoff
Read from November 29 to December 17, 2011, read count: 1

When Andrew Levkoff asked me to read this and review this, I was so excited! As many may know, I love historical novels and when I read the description I was even more excited! However, it took a while for me to get absorbed into the story. The beginning was a little slow (even though a whole bunch was going on) and I felt detached from Alexander, the main character. Once the story progressed and I got further into it the harder it was to get away from it. I wanted so badly to see what would happen next!

As the story progressed, I began to really like Alexander and I began to understand why he was the way he was. I found a lot in common with this poor guy. I mean I've never been taken from my life to become a slave in a foreign place against my will. However, I could relate to a lot of his inner thoughts and feelings. Gotta love a book that you can relate to the main character. ^.^

I also really liked HOW Andrew Levkoff wrote the story. It was like a memoir from the older and wiser Alexander. There was a lot of foreshadow and clues as to what would happen in the next chapter and even in the next book, but just only enough to want you continue reading. His writing flowed well and I felt like I was really in the story as a slave or just a fly on the wall.

The only thing I didn't like was the big skips in time. I know Book One had many years to cover, but I felt like I missing out on major events. I may not have liked these skips, but I COMPLETELY understand the need for them. Without skipping uneventful years, the story would have dragged and been a million pages long. So yes, it was necessary and I'll stop my whining.

All-in-all, I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read the next one in the trilogy! It was such an entertaining book and I would recommend this book to anyone who has the slightest interest in history and historical books. There is also a taste of romance, intrigue, action, and adventure. Out of five stars, I grant this one 5 stars. Woot woot! ^.^

Favorite Character(s): Alexander (I could really relate to him and I just liked him a lot), Crassus (which is odd, I'm usually just neutral to him), and Lady Tertulla

Not-so Favorite Character(s): Caesar (an ass), Nestor (gah, what a weasel) and Livia (it was a love-hate thing. Sometimes I liked her, sometimes I wanted to kick her)

Favorite quote(s): "I am most comfortable on the outskirts; being at the center of anything unnerves me, the center of attention in particular" - chapter IX, Alexander.

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