Book Presentation/Reading by W. Ruth Kozak
Shadow of the Lion: Blood on the Moon, is Volume One of an epic story set in the aftermath of the death of Alexander the Great in Babylon, 323 BC. After the naming of the two joint-kings, Alexander’s newborn infant son and his mentally challenged half-brother Philip Arridaios a bloody war begins between his generals over Alexander’s territories. Blood on the Moon follows the journey of the joint kings from Babylon to Macedon and the conflicts they encounter along the way.
Shadow of the Lion: The Fields of Hades, Volume Two, begins as the joint-kings arrive in Pella just as the Regent is dying and has named Polyperhcon his successor. This sets the Regent’s son, Kassandros, into a rage and he departs to Athens where he stirs up animosity between the Athenians and Macedonians. Meanwhile, the royal women vie for control of the throne. Alexander's 18-year-old niece, Adeia-Eurydiike, wife of Arridaios, leads her faction in a civil war against Olympias, Alexander's mother. The boy, Alexander IV (known by his Persian name, Iskander) tries to understand his role and struggles to survive. The story ends on a climax of a true Greek tragedy, ending Alexander's dynasty, and fulfilling the novel's theme of "How blind ambition and greed brought down a world power."
W. Ruth Kozak is a Canadian travel journalist with a strong interest in history and archaeology. A frequent traveller, Ruth lived for several years in Greece and instructs classes in travel journalism and creative writing for the Vancouver School Board. The novel was extensively researched in Greece, with the support of Classical scholars, the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Society of Macedonian Studies (Thessaloniki), the Finnish and Norwegian Institutes in Athens and with research undertaken in the Gennadius Library and the British Library in London