Besa Po

The Story of the Legendary Warrior Queen

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
158 Pages
Reviewed on 02/26/2019
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    Book Review

Reviewed by A. L. Peevey for Readers' Favorite

Besa Po by Hana Noka takes us readers back in time to the age of the Roman Empire. But, this book follows the life of Queen Teuta of fabled Illyria and recounts the love she has for King Agron. However, she is a warrior in her own right and is driven by a “besa po”, a strong oath or promise to defend her homeland against the Roman invaders. Queen Teuta suffers great personal loss at the hands of the Romans, the military superpower of their times, and faces betrayal by members of her own family. Will she be able to battle the Romans on equal terms and save her people?

Besa Po by Hana Noka is based on ancient history, and the author has done her homework in transporting us so far into the past that it predates the Christian era. She also has a stake in this story in that she comes from the Balkan region where ancient Illyria lay. The characters are vividly drawn in such a way that we can hear their distinct voices. Her descriptions of the day-to-day sights and sounds of ancient Illyria and the war to keep the Romans at bay help us to see and hear and almost touch the stones of King Agron’s castle and the other places in this book. Noka also urgently reminds us of the paradox of Queen Teuta, who is a woman ahead of her time, a powerful female leader at a time in world history when men dominated as the rulers of the common people. Readers who love books based in historical fact will find this an intriguing, eye-opening read.

Sarah Levine

A first-rate entertainment with a rich historical feel and some delightful twists. I highly recommend this book!

Lilly Smith

Several in my book club loved this book, as I did. Great story, well written and great characters!

Wendy B.


I enjoyed reading this book. Would recommend it to everyone who loves historical fiction. Hope it becomes a TV mini series or a movie!

Aphrodite S. Emanuel


This novel is exceptional! It kept me turning pages until the end. I am adding 5⭐️

John Vanderelst

Great writing. A great read. Highly recommend it.

Emma O. Martin

I've read it, re-read it and still love it. Story is well built; I can see the characters vividly in my head and would imagine how amazing of a movie this would make. Must read novel.

Anita M.


I can’t, I won’t , put it down. I’m intrigued ....

Arabella Nazarian


I truly enjoyed every chapter and read it twice. Would recommend to everyone who loves historical fiction.

Aurora Lipa


Excellent book!

Michael S.


It’s a bit like GAME OF THRONE’S yet better as characters are more interesting and based on historical facts. Would love to see this turn into a movie. Totally recommend the novel.

Rita Bajraktari


This book definitely needs to be a movie!

Anton Leka

Totally in love with this book!

Sara M. Cici


This is my favourite book of 2019!

Bryan Nelson


The story is simply breathtaking. Would totally recommend it to all the fans of Games of Thrones. Can’t wait to the sequel or HBO action to turn it into a mini series.

Alexander K.


I am addicted to this story. It’s timeless!

Bobo


Must read!