I appreciate the opportunity to be featured in the November issue of OPAL Writers Magazine. Many thanks to Cindy DeJager, Opal Publishing.
Whether you plan to use Athens as a base for further travels around Greece or intend to stop there briefly en route to the Greek islands, you won’t regret your stay. The author has been traveling to Greece for more than 30 years, living there some of that time, and Athens has become her second home
SHADOW OF THE LION is a historical novel in two Volumes, published by MediaAria-CDM of Bristol England.
Volume One BLOOD ON THE MOON tells the story of Alexander’s death in Babylon 323 BC, the naming of the joint kings to succeed him –his infant son, Alexander IV (Iskander) born a month after his death and his mentally deficient half brother Philip Arridaios. This volume of SHADOW tells of the journey of the joint kings back to Macedon and the beginnings of the division between Alexander’s Successors as they begin to quarrel over the territories and who should rule.
Volume Two, THE FIELDS OF HADES picks up just as the joint kings and their guardian arrive in Pella, Macedon. It is the time of Civil War as the Successors and the Royal women fiercely contest who will emerge to rule the vast expanse of Alexander the Great’s Empire, which extends from Greece in the West to India in the East. Caught in the middle are the joint kings, Alexander’s young son, Iskander, and his dimwitted half-brother, Arridaios. Adding to the conflict, Alexander’s long-time enemy, Kassandros, is determined to take over the throne.
All will battle in Alexander’s shadow as this second volume of this historical magisterial work THE FIELDS OF HADES tragically culminates in the end of Alexander’s dynasty, and definitively chronicles how blind ambition and greed brought down a world power.
Review by Dr. Jack Dempsey
5.0 out of 5 stars
a rich, complex and compelling new narrative on Alexander’s empire
October 23, 2017
In ‘The Fields of Hades,’ Ruth Kozak takes readers beyond her triumphant ‘Shadow of the Lion’s’ portrait of Alexander the Great. As she unfolds the ancient West’s royal struggles after his death, we see a writer who just keeps increasing her multiple powers. Kozak’s research and insight, her characters ferocious and vulnerable, her command of place, narrative, and crystalline descriptions will have you thinking of Flaubert’s ancient masterpiece ‘Salaambo.’ Like few others, Kozak understands these days when life was risk and death was sudden, stretched across a multicultural world of intricate politics, vivid variety and beauty. Nor has anyone matched her compelling complex portraits of the great women struggling too in this web of men and violence after Alexander. ‘The Fields of Hades’ is fresh work in the finest way of historical fiction—it takes us there and shows how we got here.
– Jack Dempsey, author of ‘Ariadne’s Brother,’ ‘Calendar House,’ and ‘People of the Sea’
Both volumes of SHADOW OF THE LION are available on Amazon.com and The Book Depository.