Daughter of Sand and Stone by Libbie Hawker

Daughter of Sand and Stone

When Zenobia takes control of her own fate, will the gods punish her audacity?Zenobia, the proud daughter of a Syrian sheikh, refuses to marry against her will. She won’t submit to a lifetime of subservience. When her father dies, she sets out on her own, pursuing the power she believes to be her birthright, dreaming of the Roman Empire’s downfall and her ascendance to the throne.Defying her family, Zenobia arranges her own marriage to the mo...

Details Daughter of Sand and Stone

TitleDaughter of Sand and Stone
Release DateDec 1st, 2015
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance

Reviews Daughter of Sand and Stone

  • The Lit Bitch
    I think most people are familiar with Cleopatra but few are familiar with Zenobia so I thought this would be a great book for review! Something unique, different, and about a woman who defied social expectations. There is little known about her life but Hawker makes an effort to fill in the gaps that have been lost to antiquity.The writing was well done and very clearly researched. Hawker really made the reader feel what it was like to live durin...
  • Judith Starkston
    In Daughter of Sand and Stone, Hawker brings us the timely story of Zenobia, an ancient queen of Palmyra, the beautiful ruins of which city ISIS recently destroyed. After that wanton smashing of the iconic columns and other structures, it is all the more poignant to read this vivid and lush telling of the rise of Palmyra’s most famous woman, perhaps Palmyra’s most famous person of either gender. This is definitely a book about a woman who ris...
  • Sojourner
    Daughter of Sand and Stone by Libbie Hawker is a historical romance novel that follows the life of Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra and Empress of the East in the 3rd century AD, as she defies her family’s expectations, fights to gain control of both her own life and the throne, and challenges the dominance of the Roman Empire. Strong-willed and courageous, Zenobia was considered a woman who doesn’t know her place as she was determined to shape her ...
  • Stephanie Thornton
    This is a fast-paced adventure story that reimagines the life of Zenobia, one of the three major queens who dared to defy ancient Rome. Having read other novels about Cleopatra and Boudica, I thoroughly enjoyed Libbie Hawker's take on this famous Empress of the East. Zenobia is a woman with a mind of her own, and despite numerous attempts to pigeon hole her into a woman's "proper place," she carves her own path in life, something few women in anc...
  • Anne
    I figured since I studied history and Arabic, I would really dig this book. Like, REALLY. After reading it, all I can say it that I liked it, but it didn't offer me the greatness I was expecting.The first third or so of the book is great. It has everything you want from an Arabic history story: jasmine, musk, camels, sand, veils, honey, figs, swords, nightly ambushes in the desert and a more realistic version of Aladdin-romance. In fact, I was si...
  • Rebekah May
    I really loved this novel. Daughter of Sand and Stone is the story of Zenobia, the Empress of the East and the only woman to ever prove a real threat to Rome. She's quite a mysterious and interesting historical figure, especially with how little is actually known about her.The writing was fantastic. Libbie Hawker really brought the East of the 3rd century and the people there to life. There was quite a lot of description but, because it's a subje...
  • Aura
    I purchased this Kindle book for $1.99 and I am so glad I did. Often, these low price daily deals are a gamble. I never studied about Zenobia in school but was drawn to the story because I always like historical fiction. Zenobia was from thriving trading outpost Palmyra (current times Syria?). She eventually became self proclaimed Empress of East and lead a rebellion to break away from the mighty Roman Empire. At the end of the book, the author a...
  • Amalia Carosella
    Like Zenobia herself, this book is both tragic and beautiful. Zenobia is painted as romantic, but practical and determined, driven to take command of her people and her destiny. She's a powerful figure in a powerful narrative, the storytelling so atmospheric and well-drawn that I felt as though I was breathing the desert air at her side, and never once did I question the choices she made along the way, they felt so true and right to the woman Lib...
  • Bookphile
    This wasn't a bad book, but it took me a very long time to get into it. It suffers from a couple of things that prevent it from being as good a read as it could have been. Some minor spoilers to follow:1) It gets bogged down in unnecessary details. The first section of the book was slooooooow. There are interesting events in it, but it takes too long to get to those events. I did appreciate that the author was trying to pain a lush and vibrant po...
  • Monica
    This was the second book that I have read by this author and it was not as good as the first one. What I did like was that it was about an ancient woman who chose her own destiny and did not let her life be defined by the fact that she was a woman. Zenobia conquered many parts of the ancient eastern Roman Empire in the 3rd century. This novel tells her story. The author includes a historical note in the back which I always appreciate. I had known...
  • Aaron
    "There is nothing humble about this woman."Indeed, the lead character of Hawker's crusade among the blistering dunes, Zenobia, an ambitious young woman, knows less of when to keep silent and ride things out than she does of conquering kingdoms by means of tribal pride and unbridled focus. Zenobia Bat-Zabbai of DAUGHTER OF SAND AND STONE is a feminist hero who crushes her opponents every which way she can; whether by way of bloody sword, poison, o...
  • Patty
    I had not heard of Zenobia when I was offered this book to review. I chose to read it because I love books that take place in ancient times. When I learned that is was based in fact I was even more excited to dig in. There are so few strong women in the historical record and to find one from back this far in time is remarkable.Zenobia was a daughter of a daughter of chieftan of Palmyra. While her sisters behave as women of the time do – marryin...
  • Shomeret
    I've been looking forward to this book ever since I read that Libbie Hawker was writing it. I got a free copy from the publisher via Net Galley and participated in a blog tour for this book on Book Babe.The first time I read a Zenobia novel I was disappointed. It was The Rise of Zenobia by J. D. Smith. My biggest problem with it was that Zenobia wasn't the protagonist. It was her general, Zabdas. I felt distanced from Zenobia. In Daughter of Sand...
  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    3.5 stars. "Daughter of Sand and Stone" by Libbie Hawker is the story of Zenobia, an ambitious royal woman who dreams of overthrowing the Roman regime that threatens her reign. I did not know much about Zenobia at all and I had been wanting to try Hawker's books for awhile so I was very eager to get my hands on this book. Zenobia is a fascinating character and I really enjoyed getting to know who she was and what made her tick through this book.I...
  • Melinda
    "Because I’ve always known the gods made me for something more—more than just a wife, just a mother, just a woman. They made me for power!” Admittedly I loved this book, of course what's not to love about Zenobia. Hawker does a wonderful job immersing the reader in place and time, you feel as if you're campaigning with Zenobia, a confidant in her strategies and goals. No secret I prefer my female protagonists strong, intelligent and indepe...
  • Kelli
    I wanted to like this book so much and it did start off with a lot of promise. I loved Zenobia's wild ride through the desert and her budding romance with the guard but after she married all of the characters seemed to just fall flat. I still don't feel that Zenobia matured and would have liked to see more of her as an assistant to her husband to back op the claim that she was a good and just ruler. I was lacking a real reason to root for her. Th...
  • Journey
    the author tries to explain it away as critique in the afterword but really this is a book about a girl who starts off wildly ambitious and confident and ends broken down and willing to be whatever society wants of her, but it's supposed to be okay because two guys (one being her lover, the other being the one who destroyed her empire and paraded her around as a prize) see her as an exceptional woman. much feminism wow.(i also take exception to t...
  • XxTainaxX
    Zenobia is a proud girl. She feels like she was meant for greatness. She is clever and ambitious. She is strong and fearless. While those qualities can be great, they can also bring about a great deal of grief if not tempered. This is the story of Zenobia finding her place in a difficult time in the world. It's extremely well written. I'd go as far as calling it beautiful writing. Zabdas' role in the story just breaks my heart. Definitely a good ...
  • Grace
    This book was very interesting, being about the short-lived Palmyrene Empire in the chaotic period immediately preceding the split of the Roman Empire. This is not something I have read a whole lot about, and I had never heard of Zenobia before. For this interesting look in on a previously unexplored historical period, I value this book a lot.Unfortunately, as a fictional story it is somewhat lacking. The biggest issue is that Zenobia comes off a...
  • Marlene
    Originally published at Reading RealityZenobia is a name that may feel familiar, even if you can’t place it. She was certainly a legend in her own time, but history has obscured who she was and what she did. In this very fictionalized history, she feels like a second coming of Cleopatra – an appropriate image, as Zenobia herself claimed to be a descendant of the great queen. And Zenobia, like her purported ancestress, also attempted to steal ...
  • Sandra Wagner-Wright
    Zenobia of Palmyra was a notorious woman in the third century, responsible for a significant rebellion against the Roman Empire. Zenobia's story is not nearly so well known as the exploits of Boudicca in Britannia, though the potential impact of her actions was much greater. Daughter of Sand and Stone is Libby Hawkers' effort to retell Zenobia's story of bravery and tenacity.The story is engaging, and Hawker tells it well, but her well-written ef...
  • Lesia Joukova
    The book was provided to me by Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing. The opinions, however, are all my own.I am torn between 4 or 5 stars. This book was really good and there is more to it than might seem. I fell in love with Zenobia as our heroine and was very pleased that the ending was so unpredictable and deep. Whatever the true Zenobia's life and fate was, I am sure she would like this book. In this story she is a living and breathing person ...
  • Kristin
    I really enjoyed learning about a non-European historical woman. I think Zenobia goes right up there with Boudica in my most kick-ass women of history list. (What's the common thread here? They both told Rome where they could stick it!) Hawker did a great job of introducing a reader with no previous knowledge of Syrian (or even Roman imperial) history to the time and place subtly but effectively. She does a great job of scene setting and teaching...
  • Tushmit
    This was one of the Kindle First Picks that I had downloaded a while back, but didn't get around to reading before now.To be honest, I don't think I connected all that much with the plot or the characters, but I felt like I was learning so much about Ancient Palmyra, its culture, its geographical and political influence, the people's attitudes towards gods and religion, and the politics of Rome with regions in modern day Middle-East and Northern ...
  • Ramona
    This really could have been such a good book but it failed. I don't understand the numerous positive ratings, but we all like what we like and everyone has an opinion.My main problem is that the book seemed so rushed. There did not seem to be any thought process. It was like, one day, Zenobia woke up and decided to be Queen of Egypt without really telling anybody. One day she was out riding to save her city and then two seconds later she had made...