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By Libbie Hawker
When Zenobia takes keep an eye on of her personal destiny, will the gods punish her audacity?
Zenobia, the proud daughter of a Syrian sheikh, refuses to marry opposed to her will. She won’t undergo a life of subservience. while her father dies, she units out on her personal, pursuing the facility she believes to be her birthright, dreaming of the Roman Empire’s downfall and her ascendance to the throne.
Defying her relations, Zenobia arranges her personal marriage to the main influential guy within the urban of Palmyra. yet their union is something yet peaceful—his different spouse begrudges the wedding and the delivery of Zenobia’s son, and Zenobia reveals herself ever extra attracted to her guardsman, Zabdas. As battle breaks out, she’s confronted with bad choices.
From the decadent halls of Rome to the golden sands of Egypt, Zenobia fights for energy, for romance, and for her son. yet will her hubris draw the wrath of the gods? Will she study a “woman’s place,” or can she ultimately stake her declare as Empress of the East?
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I used to worry her,” Zenobia says. “I suggestion she could spoil me with rumors or locate a way to make you solid me off. it sort of feels unusual to imagine that I feared her, while now i will be able to merely pity her. ” Odenathus offers Zenobia a protracted, looking glance. Then, for the 1st time of their marriage, he bargains her his arm. “Will you return with me to my workplace? ” he asks. “I have a lot to do, a lot to plot, if I’m to take Tisfun this time. i might have your assistance within the topic, Zenobia bat-Zabbai. ” By the time they succeed in the place of work, pushing their well beyond the nice purple curtain that shields the room opposed to listeners, Zenobia’s face is lit by means of a flush of victory. Odenathus’s arm is hot; the quilted, embroidered silk of his sleeve is soft; and a simple, known quiet hangs among them, the type of amiable peace she has constantly imagined husbands and better halves percentage. It feels as new as a clean sunrise to Zenobia. For the 1st time in her marriage, she is either his confidante and his woman—she doesn't have to decide on. Odenathus pulls a three-legged stool out from the desk and beckons her to sit down. The stool is of the Egyptian type, with a scooped seat and complex styles of ivory sunk into the black-oiled wooden. attractive and expensive—the best within the urban, doubtless. Zenobia wonders what number masons it might probably buy—how many stools may possibly pay for a urban wall. Odenathus sinks onto his personal chair, the single with the carved again and hands, sighing. He sighs usually now. outdated males do. “You imagine I’m a idiot to move after Tisfun again,” he says. Zenobia doesn’t know the way to answer. one other Tisfun crusade is silly. something other than hunkering down inside Palmyra—preparing to guard the town should still the tottering empire eventually fall—is the peak of folly. yet should still she say so now, whilst Odenathus has ultimately taken care of her like a spouse? She considers how Fairuza may respond—Fairuza from sooner than this day, from the years while she’d been unflappable within the face of any problem. “I don’t comprehend the strategic value of Tisfun,” Zenobia says rigorously, “but I do needless to say Palmyra isn't really Rome. we don't breed infantrymen the following, Odenathus—we breed retailers and gold counters. “Naturally, no longer realizing why Tisfun has to be taken, i can't understand the experience of it. but when you enlighten me, might be i will stand in the back of you with extra self belief. ” He chuckles. “Gods, what a diplomat you will have made! was once it Bel who despatched you to me, the good god himself? I recollect it love it used to be the previous day: Antiochus together with his prisoner, that Tanukh guy calling to your blood, and also you, a lady of seventeen, kneeling evenly at the carpet, telling me I should marry you. ” “In this very room,” she says, and can’t support smiling. “I commit it to memory, too. ” The room is darkish and nonetheless, its furniture all of ebony and umber. Odenathus laughs back; the sound is like a few bestial echo in a cave. It makes the hairs upward thrust at the again of Zenobia’s neck. “Listen, Zenobia: if i will be able to take Tisfun, then all of Eran is mine, and i've just one empire to fret approximately.