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Book Review: Son of the Moon (Time for Alexander, Book 3), by Jennifer Macaire

The third book in the Time for Alexander series explores the adventures of Alexander the Great and his time traveller wife, Ashley, in India.

If you haven’t read the previous two books, you may have a hard time keeping up with all the characters and action.

Jennifer Macaire provides occasional reminders of previous events and various characters, for instance Ashley’s back story as a time travelling journalist from the future, but if you haven’t read the previous two books, I think many readers will have a hard time keeping all the characters and action straight in their minds in this third book.

The story continues with Ashley and Alexander, and his entire army, still searching for their son Paul, who was kidnapped by Olympias, Alexander’s mother, shortly after he was born. It is now almost 5 years since he went missing and they have been chasing false leads across the Middle East looking for their son. At the same time they do battle with hostile rulers who decline to give Alexander safe passage, thus justifying his attacks and their incorporation into his burgeoning empire.

Paul is found in a magical valley known as the Valley of the Gods where, although he is revered having special protection from a god, he is also feared as ‘harbinger of destruction’ according to an ancient prophecy. The prophecy describes his mother as not of this world and Paul as the moon’s child. Because this comes too close to the truth about his mother, it has a dire impact on his parents. Alexander convinces Ashley that for the good of all of them, they should leave Paul where he is. Thus a book entitled Son of the Moon, with a total of twenty eight chapters, has precisely five chapters which feature the eponymous character.

Another son arrived at the end of the previous book resulting from an ongoing liaison between Ashley and Hephaestion, usually called Plexis, who is also Alexander’s lover and best friend. Children are used as a focal point throughout the narrative. Firstly with Paul, then with the children missing from the magical valley, and lastly with Alexander’s other son from his other wife, Roxanne. Ashley’s second son Chiron is portrayed as a demanding child and there are numerous passages on him being fed.

This continual reference to breasts and nipples in turn provides the author with innumerable opportunities to have this very natural, maternal function morph into a sexual encounter with one or both of the two men in Ashley’s life. The gratuitous overuse of sexual scenes does nothing to move the plot forward or to contribute to the characterisation of the main players in the novel, an issue I also had with the previous book in the series.

Reviewed by: Jan Kershaw

Distributed by: Amazon Australia
Released: September 2017
RRP: $4.99 eBook, $18 paperback

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