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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
In Realm by Alexandrea Weis, Roxana's world is turned upside-down overnight when the king chooses her to be his wife, plucking her from her father's doting arms into a world where she would never be fully accepted as fit to be the king's wife. Eventually, Roxana and the king cement their places in each other's hearts but even this will be tested as the king fulfills his obligations to other royal families. They will be betrayed, tried, and suffer great losses but as long as they still have each other, everything will be all right. However, what will she do when tragedy strikes again, leaving her with a future king to protect in a world where she cannot trust anyone?
Realm by Alexandrea Weis is, by far, one of the most memorable historical novels I have ever read and Roxana's story will stay with me for a very long time. It combines romance, drama, war, and an unforgettable pivotal character to bring to life a tale unlike any other. I especially loved how well-rounded and balanced Roxana's character is. She is strong and yet vulnerable, and she is wiser than most but does not have all the answers and still has many lessons to learn. She feels truly human and very easily relatable even though her story is set in a different place and time. Realm is a very emotionally charged story with several moments that will either have you in awe, make you smile, fill you with empathy or have you in tears. Have some tissues with you; you will need it.