I entered a giveaway for this book because it was described as the first in a new series of fantasy/historical fiction. Why not, I thought. I didn't realize when I entered that the book was published by Harlequin (known for their romance books) TEEN (and I didn't even know they had a teen division). This is definitely a YA novel, as all the protagonists are in their teens; and the romance aspect does pop up throughout the book. While there's a little bit of sexuality, most of the "romance" is limited to longing, admiration of someone's looks, or kissing (or lots of longing to be kissed). This is historical fiction about Alexander the Great as a teenager (he's sixteen) and a few other figures, at least one of whom was real, though most are creations of the author. One of the problems with this novel is that there are too many characters with varying stories to be told. The narrative switches from one to another, and by the time we get back to a character we haven't read about in awhile, it took some time to remember what was going on with them - and I found that most of the time, I didn't really care, which should give some idea of how involved I became in this novel. Most of the characters at least interact with one another, but one of them (Zofia) has a completely separate and (through this book anyway) unrelated story - that is completely left unresolved. Part of my dissatisfaction with the novel is that it's the first in a series. Despite this, my friend Dan would tell you that the book should still tell a complete story with some type of ending. I agree. While it's certainly okay to set up something for future novels in the series, there should be some type of resolution. There is none here for any of the various characters' plot threads. In fact, when we last see one of the characters (Jacob), he is behaving in a way that is a complete turnaround from everything we've read of him up to that point - with no explanation. One of my biggest annoyances in the book (and this should give you a good idea of the tone of the book) is that all of the characters' names are shortened - Alexander the Great is referred to throughout the book as "Alex." Arrgh. There are small touches of fantasy, mostly in the use of magic, but also in some creatures, through most of the book, but the fantasy element doesn't really become prominent (or important) until near the end. So, despite all of these complaints, why am I still reviewing this book? Because at the heart of the book, there is an interesting story here that's mostly well told, despite the issues I've stated.