Zenobia-Birth of a LegendHardback
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- Publisher: Geode Pr
- Format: Hardback
- Publication date: 15 June 2011
- ISBN 10: 0983128804
- ISBN 13: 9780983128809
Young Adult/Historical fiction with broad appeal. Born in 240 C.E., Zenobia escaped infanticide and became a deadly warrior. Beautiful and brilliant, she developed into a political and military genius, the likes of which the world had never seen in a woman. She would one day rule an empire and challenge Rome for the supremacy of her world. All true. Book 1 of the series relates the compelling saga of Zenobia's youth-a rare combination of action and education, history and horses, warriors and scholars, social issues and critical thinking, plus young romance and a thrilling horse race.
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'Russ Wallace's rich coming-of-age saga cleverly mixes education, history, political and religious theories, action and adventure, with a young girl's emotional discoveries. Zenobia's allure will attract more than today's young adults. Well-written and imaginative, fast-paced and exciting, this is a book that will fascinate and charm.' -- LinDee Rochelle "Penchant for Penning"
Young Zenobia dreams of becoming a warrior, a serious problem for a girl born into a male-dominated desert tribe. She has been forced to conceal her gender to preserve her life! When the deception is unmasked, she is already a deadly archer, a talent highly prized by her tribe, so instead of killing her, the tribal elders agree to train her as a soldier. The warrior skills that Zenobia develops prove their worth in several gripping encounters. She appears unaware of a legend beginning to grow about her. Her wise mother envisions a different life for her daughter -- that of a scholar -- and takes her to Egypt for an education. Here a conflict of desires surges in Zenobia, for she finds that she loves both paths. As she feeds an emerging hunger for justice, the stirrings of a future political and strategic genius begin to manifest themselves. Classes on critical thinking and law train the intellectual prowess of Zenobia, while other courses cultivate her social consciousness. She is exposed to the cultures of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. For a time, her warrior world recedes into the background. Growing into young womanhood, Zenobia feels an awakening attraction to two very different males -- a vibrant young warrior from her own tribe and a brilliant bachelor scholar whose analytical mind cannot resist the pull of the most intriguing female he has ever met. Meanwhile, Zenobia learns of the annual horse race in Alexandria. She decides to enter her powerful mare against the highly-bred stallions of the East. The power of a legend influences the surprising course of the contest to its thundering climax.