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Dancing with the Lion: Becoming

(Dancing with the Lion #1)

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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Two boys, one heroic bond, and the molding of Greece’s greatest son.

Before he became known as Alexander the Great, he was Alexandros, the teenage son of the king of Makedon. Rather than living a life of luxury, as prince he has to be better and learn faster than his peers, tackling problems without any help. One such problem involves his increasingly complicated feelings f
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ebook, 282 pages
Published July 1st 2019 by Riptide Publishing
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Joyfully Jay
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars


I have to start by acknowledging a slight bias here — I went to school for history and was enthralled by the classics. As a result, my interest in all things Alexander the Great started early and left a lasting impression. Becoming is an excellent fictionalization of Alexander’s childhood and the early days of his relationship with Hephaistion. The book is written with strong attention to detail and reads as credible in nearly every way. We know Alexander as one of
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Qin
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Professor Reames is an impeccable ancient historian who, for the last twenty years, made herself the world's leading authority on Hephaestion, son of Amyntor, Alexander's foremost marshall and vizier, who had been a gay icon since the 60s only to become a hot commodity world wide after Jared Leto momentously gave him his traits and figure in Oliver Stone's Alexander movie. Unlike the traditionally sour takes on Hephaestion by experts (W. W. Tarn and Helmut Berve and Robin Lane Fox and Waldemar H ...more
Waleska 'Wally'
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The moment , I read the blurb of Dancing with the Lion: Becoming , I was hook, line and sinker.

I always have been fascinated with Alexander the Great and this extremely well researched and crafted book gave me lots of food for thought.

I enjoyed reading this book.



I received a copy of Dancing with the Lion at my request from Riptide Publishing through NetGalley and I am giving my unbiased and voluntary review.
Charlotte Kinzie
This review will be published on my blog on June 1, 2019.
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The son of the King of Makdon – Alexandros is on track to be a leader and is battling to be treated like everyone else. Hephaistion arrives – searching for his own destiny and becomes friends with the young prince. Their relationship flourishes as they begin their education together under the trusted guidance of Aristoteles. As Alexandros battles his way through the harsh lessons facing him, his emotional attachment to Hephaistion.
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John
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a while since I stayed up all night to finish a book.

There’s a lot—a whole lot—to like here. But a little I didn’t. Let’s start there. This is half a book. Reames has made clear elsewhere (Pothos.org), it’s one novel divided for publishing purposes. While I get that most people don’t read long stuff, personally, I’d have liked to see the whole thing at once. The ending was powerful (see below), but I still felt like I should be turning the page to the next chapter. I’ll reserve judgmen
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Devann
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

I don't know why, but I just could not really get into this book. I think part of it the fact that the pacing is sooo slooow. I don't know how many books the author has planned for this series but Alexander is still very young at the end of this one and I don't feel like a lot happened beyond 'he trained for the army for a bit and also had some lessons with Aristotle'. Also the epilogue was very weird and I didn't feel like it fit with the rest o
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Christine
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ever since I heard Dr Jeanne Reames was writing books on a young Alexander, I've been intrigued. It's been a long wait but a worthwhile one. I loved the first book in the series.

It's probably impossible to read an AtG novel without comparing it to the famed Mary Renault Alexander Trilogy. While Renault's literary merit was indisputable, I was much more emotionally invested and satisfied reading "Becoming". The book starts when Alexandros(AtG) was almost 13 and ends at his initiation into the Dio
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Mollie
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you are interested in Alexander's life as a young prince, this book is definitely worth a read. I absolutely adore this book. I am very grateful for Dr. Jeanne Reames choice to use her competence of Ancient history to blow life into these old, dusty ruins of the past. In this book, she breathes new life into historical figures that are depicted as three-dimentional characters.

The writing is sophisticated, yet simple at the same time. The depictions are beautiful without being purple-prosey.
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Coralee Hicks
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Jeanne Reames is a highly regarded scholar. Currently she the Graduate Program Chair for the History Dept at the University of Nebraska. She has published numerous papers on Macedonia at the time of Alexander the Great, on Greek and Macedonian Religion, and on Greek Gender Studies. How wonderful to have such an expert write the love story between Alexander and Hephaistion.

Becoming (Book 1) is just that. We meet Alexandros (Alexander) as a young teen. True he is the king's acknowledged son. This
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Heather Bennett
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dancing with the Lion is a fantastic book and the author did a great job of pulling of the storyline. The characters are well developed and the book is entertaining.
Ona
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Much more interesting and fleshed out Hephaestion than Renault's, very well researched (as expected!), great fun to read and my favourite thing may be that the book covers such a short time period that I hope many more are to follow after the sequel in October.

Laughed out loud at pissing on Kassandros, who can't love a book where that happens.
Olivia (SupernovaWrites)
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*3.5 stars. Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book early! Full review on my blog: http://tiny.cc/pq5w8y
Coltostallion
You can really feel how knowledgeable the author is about the places and people in this book. It's more like a peek into history than reading a novel. I did enjoy the story, but I do feel like it's the kind of thing that will appeal a lot to some people and not at all to others. If you are a fan of Alexander the Great or the history of his time then I would recommend it!
Belinda
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit hesitant to request this because of the cover (how silly of me, but I'm not too fond of covers with faces), but the description truly captured my curiosity, reminding me of one of my favourite books, a retelling of The Iliad that focuses on the dynamics between Patroclus and Achilles. So, I came into this book with no expectation, and I'm thankful I did.

Above all, this book wonderfully shows the struggles that come with growing up under immense pressure in the Ancient Macedonian cou
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Eva
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
i dedicate my review of this book to my history professor, who kinned Philip II so hard that he once spent an entire class period making us pretend to be Macedonian nobles advising him on whether or not to attack Athens.

i read this book on the recommendation of someone whose classics and Alexander opinions i respect, and i was not even a little bit disappointed. the prose and characterization are good, and make for a delightful read. however, it is Reames’ knowledge of Greek language, history,
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Denialandavoidance
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
i've recently developed an interest in in at least somewhat messed up adolescents trying to work out their intimacy issues in a) bloody, war-ridden or b) isolated settings. so this plus my frankly unprompted hyperfixation on hephaestion amyntoros (yes, i know it's 'hephaistion', but i'm a latin girl, and those vowels don't go together like that) just really hits several spots for me.

i'm usually an avid, but slow reader and i absolutely breezed through this novel. highly recommend!
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