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(Dancing with the Lion #2)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  24 reviews
The story of Alexander before he became “the Great.”

Finished with schooling, Alexandros is appointed regent of Makedon while his father is away on campaign. He thrives with his new authority—this is the role he was born for—yet it creates conflict with his mother and Hephaistion. And when his soldiers, whom he leads with unexpected skill, start to call him “The Little King
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Published October 21st 2019 by Riptide Publishing
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A charming account of Alexander’s rise to power and his love for his closest friend, Hephaestion

Anyone who enjoyed the first book will likely love this one, which feels more like a completed story than that did. To recap, the last one’s arc was entirely character-driven and took us from Alexander and Hephaestion’s meeting to their eventual romance. There’s more going on, but that is the spine. This time the book’s main storyline is the conflict between him and Philip during the leadup to Philip’
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
In college I took a Roman history course. It was a very detailed and in-depth study of Roman society and I LOVED it mostly because the professor sold it. They were into it and brought that energy to the classroom and it was infectious. I was actually excited to go to class, a rarity indeed during undergrad.

In my opinion, this book needs the author to tell it in person. It needs life and vitality and more fiction in this historical fiction. Alexander and Hephaistion are historical figures and whi
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The second half of Reames’s novel about Alexander’s youth knocks it out of the park, concluding several long-view themes initiated in the first half. Becoming was about the burgeoning relationship between Alexandros and Hephaistion. In Rise, simmering tension explodes between Alexandros and Philippos.

Reames gets people. She captures human complexity, and in her hands, everyone seems multifaceted. Her characters do not behave in trite ways, and her dialogue is rarely pedestrian. Becoming felt in
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
my review will be posted on my blog Sep 21, 2019

This was a great continuation of the Dancing With the Lion series. This book brings the author back to the world of Alexandros as he is coming into his own as a leader, a man, and a partner. It’s so difficult to read a book like this and then come up with a succinct summary. Reames is a great writer, using detail when it’s appropriate and simply letting her main characters speak through their actions.

This book is just as much about family an
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time, I used to not be able to read any fiction on Alexander the Great because of how off the characterization would seem to me. Now, I feel like I'm too spoiled; how can anything top the delight that was the Dancing with the Lion duology? This second part was a thrilling read, fast-paced and steeped in Macedonian political intrigue. In story that's been being told for millenia now, it's amazing how the author came up with such exciting twists and spins while staying close to the tru ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good
Thor Odindotter
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As much as I enjoyed the first book in the series("Becoming") I really LOVED the second book of "Dancing with the lion: Rise". It continues the story of Alexandros of Macedon, from the time of being regent at the age of 16 to his ascension to the throne four years later. It includes quite a few well known historical events, but with the author's own clever interpretations which explain some of the puzzles historians have been trying to solve for centuries. Reames's academic background comes thro ...more
Joyfully Jay
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Rise is the second in the Dancing with the Lion series and, at least for now, the last. The author mentions she plans on writing more about Alexandros and Hephaistion in the future, but there’s no book currently on the horizon. And that makes Rise slightly problematic. It is a very much an “in-between” novel. Alot of things happened in the first book, Becoming, and Rise ends with a pivotal event in the life of Alexander the Great. Which leaves the bulk of Rise de
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For those who enjoyed the novels (book 1 Becoming and book 2 Rise), and would like more from the boys, I have several cut scenes on my website, as well as 3 others that occur between the books.

These 3 include "Moth & Flame," a bit of romantic floof, "Two Scorpions," Olympias takes on Hephaistion in a one-on-one confrontation, and finally, the novelette "For the Love of Geometry," which shows the boys from the point of view of the adults, plus a bet between King Phi
Catherine Richmond
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent in every respect!

Alexander and Hephaistion travel the rocky road of love, growing closer yet frightened by their need for the other, learning to trust yet accept their differences, discovering ways to guard bodies and hearts during problems with their fathers.

Hephaistion thought, "Men fought wars and played politics; women suffered the results of both." The women in this story handle the drama men cause, including new wives, arranged marriages, and exile. Please tell me there's a Book
Colin Smith
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written sequel to 'Becoming', the story of Alexander's boyhood. The novel bursts with information about Macedonia and Ancient Greece and, despite the author's admitted inventions and historical acrobatics, gives a believable picture of Alexander's life and loves, friends and enemies, during the period of his adolescence, immediately prior to the start of his Asian adventure. His father, Phillippos II, is finely drawn, and shows a man, a king, a ruler, an unstable drunkard and a her ...more
Saimi Korhonen
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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“I know you didn’t want Hephaistion to come to Pella, but I think he might have saved my life. That’s not hyperbole. I had nobody, not really. Then he showed up. He cared about me, not the prince. I’ll love him forever for that.”

Dancing with the Lion: Rise continues the story of Alexander the Great before he became the legendary conqueror. This book begins as his father, Philippos, makes him the regent of Macedon and starts giving him more and more responsibilities. But, much to his father's ann
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great continuation from the first book. Things are starting to heat up politically and there's plenty of problems getting in the way of love. The amount of research that went into this series is phenomenal. Even for those who aren't interested in this period in history, the story carry itself well!
Christina Noll
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I wish there were more books in the series, especially during this time of turmoil. I found myself picking up these books as a release from my worries about the pandemic.

We get a lot of insight on various characters in this book. There are some beautiful moments between Hephaistion and Alexandros and some tumultuous moments, the book ends for them tenderly. I would have liked more of those moments. They didn’t have to be romantic, but something to show the reader why they are such iconic soul ma
Lainey Cross
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Quinton Johansen
The continuation of the story of Alexander and Hephaistion before Alexander became king. Beautiful telling of their love for each other and its complexities in a world which allowed it, yet still had rules. I found the characterizations to be finely drawn and not continuing stereotypes of who they have been portrayed. The various viewpoints add to the story. I thoroughly love Amyntor. Jeanne Reames has written my favorite Alexander and Hephaistion novels. LOVE THEM BOTH.
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Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Please continue to write of Alexander journey. ;___;
I love this series much much better than Mary Renault’s.
Doris Raines
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great continuation on the period in Alexander's life that most influenced who he was and would become.
Victoria Goessling
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read both of the books back to back, and am very happy that I did so. The saga of Alexander the Great is fascinating, well-researched, and exceptionally well-written. It's nice to read such an articulate account of the time and trust the descriptions to be accurate. The characters come alive and you feel as if you are living in the times. I may not get the books back from my nephews but that's fine. I'll buy another copy in a heartbeat.
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