Zenobia: Challenging a Legend

Written by Russ Wallace
Review by Lisa Sheehan

Complicating Zenobia’s life is a budding romance with her brilliant and charismatic instructor. The challenge: he is the scholar, she the warrior. Can they blend their worlds to become the most exciting couple in Alexandria? Learning of a slave trade in kidnapped young women, Zenobia determines to free the oppressed. Warrior skills will not be enough. Her new challenge: to become a pirate, then a temptress in her fight for justice.”

Russ Wallace continues his series of the adventures of the youth of the woman who will go on to become the famous Queen of Palmyra who leads a revolt against the Romans in the third century AD.

The first book in the series, The Birth of a Legend climaxes with our young heroine triumphing at a world-famous horse race in Alexandria, and this next volume hits the ground running, plunging Zenobia into one adventure after another, all narrated by Wallace with enormous spirit and a very sharp ear for dialogue.

This second novel is fuller and more pleasingly complex than the first, bursting with engaging secondary characters and the believable deepening of Zenobia’s personality.

I very much look forward to further novels in this series.