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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,166 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Beloved of the Gods. Beloved of men. Zenobia. Her deep gray eyes, magnificent body, and astonishing beauty rival the qualities of her legendary ancestor Cleopatra, and indeed, at her birth, her stars proclaim she will be lucky - and very accomplished - inthe arts of love and war. The daughter of a powerful desert cheiftain, beautiful raven-haired Zenobia, a descendent of C ...more
465 pages
Published June 12th 1983 by Ballantine Books (first published 1983)
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Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
I bought this book as a teenager and then it was taken away when my mom caught me reading it. I was so desperate to read the rest that I argued with her that there was nothing wrong with reading a romance book. So, she told me I could read the rest if I read a passage aloud to her and my dad. But it had to be one that she picked out. I just couldn't bring myself to do that, so I found the place she hid the book and managed to finish reading it. Needless to say, I remember the story very well bec ...more
Nov 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bertrice Small is one of the few romance novelists I find worth reading, primarily because her books are infused with so much historical detail. Her stories are driven by interesting plots, hard situations, and real political figures, rather than a "will they or won't they" dynamic exclusively, and her heroines tend to be very strong, practical women, who make the best of their situations and use their resources wisely. This one, about the Bedouin queen Xenobia, has always been one of my favorit ...more
Well, this was a DNF at about the half-way mark. The book started extremely strong, with Part I, centering on the heroine Zenobia' s childhood among the nomadic Bedouin tribes of Ancient Palmyra and her rise to Queen of that nation, a 5 star, un-put-downable page-turner. After that, the story began to suspiciously resemble the real life history of Mark Anthony and Cleopatra. I have read a wonderful non-fiction account of those events by Stacy Schiff so I did not want to read Bertrice Small' s wh ...more
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As far as romance authors goes Bertrice is one of my all time favorites. Her women are strong, the stories are always entertaining and her sex scenes are hot!
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creyendo que iba por un romance histórico árabe me encontré con una joya de ficción histórica.

La vida y obra de la gran reina Zenobia de Palmira, de la cual honestamente yo no sabía nada pero si siendo una mujer de esos tiempos logró permanecer en la historia supongo que fue muy especial.Sin duda el personaje presentado en el libro es muy admirable, está claro que no era perfecta pero si muy digna a pesar de sus circunstancias.Ella es definitivamente la reina del libro porque los demás personaj
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nanas-books
Fantastic! :-)
Denika Cooper
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome read!

I loved all of the characters they came alive for me. The way Zenobia sat for 18 hours and watched as her mothers killers died... Epic

May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fm-historical
Ini novel lama. Keluaran tahun'83. 6 tahun sblm aku lahir ni buku dah terbit. Ga sengaja pula nemuin novel ini wktu kk teman kuliah 'obral' 2nd semua koleksi buku2nya. Karna 'tergiur' dgn interracial romance plus diibumbui dgn background historical so aku coba beli dgn harga yg relatif murah. Ga dinyana novelnyan enak dinikmati. Agak2 menyerempet seperti kisah roman Cleopatra & Julius Caesar but overall berbeda. Dua tokoh sentral - Ratu Zenobia & Marcus Sama2 memiliki karakter yg kuat. U know I ...more
Isabelle Müller
May 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
I couldn't finish this book because the "heroine" Zenobia annoyed me greatly. What a spoiled, shallow, stupid brat! Within minutes of her husband's death she hooks up with Marcus. She gets pregnant, gives birth and when her attendants tell her that the child is a girl she shouts that she doesn't want it because she usually gives birth to sons. I'd give Zero stars if I could. ...more
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Almosted finished with this romantic novel. Wanted a quick read. The begininng has too many my darling and her slender waist. Some parts were too typical to enjoy.

Finished it today. I can not say this boook is totally unenjoyable. It was just okay for the most part. A few times, I felt the auther did not stay true to the time period.
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beatrice Small is one of my favorite authors of Romance. She knows how to tell a story to make you laugh and cry all a tthe same time. She makes you fall in love with the heroes and heroines and absolutely loath the villans. She is truely amazing and you would be entranced to read any one of her books. I know I am! I can't wait for her new ones to come out! ...more
Sonia N.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another beautiful and sensual love story! Zenobia is a beautiful and pampered Princess.
She hates Romans, until Marcus, the gorgeous Roman!!!
Ms. Small writes her magic with such details, and passion. This is an exotic and of coursr, beautiful love story!
boring, not a strong story line for me, very predictable.
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Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars
2.5 stars
Zenobia is probably one of my east favorite heroine's from Small.
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Bertrice Williams was born on December 9, 1937 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, the daughter of Doris S. and David R. Williams, both broadcasters. She studied at Attended Western College for Women and Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School. On October 5, 1963, she married George Sumner Small, a photographer and designer with a History Major at Princeton. They had a son Thomas David. She liv ...more

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