By Andrew Levkoff
"No first-class soul is exempt from a mix of madness." - Aristotle
At 19, they chained Alexandros to the great tail of a successful Roman military marching domestic; only one extra morsel between hundreds of thousands for a urban consistently hungry for an additional assisting of slaves. 30 years later, he rides on the head of 7 legions beside his grasp and benefactor. Marcus Licinius Crassus is a guy bent upon a warfare of revenge. Alexandros will do something to prevent him.
From the Historical Novel Society review: "Readers needn't learn the 1st quantity so as to take pleasure in this present one, and Roman background buffs can be capable of wager the form of the hot book's plot: Crassus, financier, doting father and husband, disgruntled triumvir, and would-be conqueror of the East. Levkoff has Alexander the slave at his master's part via virtually every little thing, with no ever sentimentalizing his slave prestige (Crassus may possibly like Alexander, yet he's additionally speedy to threaten floggings while he's in a foul temper) or filling the personality with inconceivable braveries."
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“Shadow state is altogether gripping, surprising, and brilliantly advised, not only a journey de strength in its stylistic variety, yet an excellent American novel, as robust a examining event as approximately any in our literature. This incredible, unhappy masterpiece approximately race, historical past, and defeated goals can simply stand comparability with Ralph Ellison's Invisible guy and Robert Penn Warren's the entire King's males. Little ask yourself, too, that elements of the tale of E. J. Watson name up comparisons with Dostoevsky, Conrad, and, necessarily, Faulkner. In each method, Shadow kingdom is a bravura functionality, right away historical past, fiction, and myth–as good because the capstone to the profession of 1 of the main widespread and admirable writers of our time. ” — the recent York evaluation of Books
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