Akmaral

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Pub Date 07 May 2024 | Archive Date 08 May 2024

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Before the Silk Road had a name, nomads roamed the Asian steppes and women fought side by side as equals with men. Like all women of the Sauromatae, Akmaral is bound for battle from birth, training as a girl in horsemanship, archery, spear, and blade. Her prowess ignites the jealousy of Erzhan, a gifted warrior who hates her as much as he desires her. When Scythian renegades attack, the two must unite to defeat them. Among their captives is Timor, the rebels’ enigmatic leader who refuses to be broken, even as he is enslaved. He fascinates Akmaral. But as attraction grows to passion, she is blinded to the dangerous alliance forming between the men who bristle against the clan’ s matriarchal rule. Faced with brutal betrayal, Akmaral must find the strength to defend her people and fulfill her destiny. Drawn from legends of Amazon women warriors from ancient Greece and recent archaeological discoveries in Central Asia, AKMARAL is a sweeping tale about a powerful woman who must make peace with making war.

Before the Silk Road had a name, nomads roamed the Asian steppes and women fought side by side as equals with men. Like all women of the Sauromatae, Akmaral is bound for battle from birth, training...


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Advance Praise

“Fraught with conflict both internal and external. Thoroughly imagined and vividly described… Fans of Madeline Miller and Natalie Haynes will relish how Lindbergh weaves fact and fiction to craft a gripping saga, a love story, and a convincing portrait of a time and people lost to history.”

—Christina Baker Kline, #1 bestselling author of Orphan Train and The Exiles

“Meticulously researched, deeply imagined Akmaral brings the joy and hardship of a nomad woman warrior to vibrant, often aching life.”

—Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author of Daughter of Black Lake and The Painted Girls

“Akmaral delves deep into female power and confronts complex issues about womanhood, motherhood, and the sacrifices women make to protect those they love: issues as powerful today as they were in ancient times. If you love Madeline Miller’s Circe, you must read Akmaral. Lindbergh delivers a breath-taking story filled with vivid characters, haunted landscapes, powerful battle scenes, and a love story you will not soon forget.”

—Laurie Lico Albanese, award-winning author of Hester

“Magically immersive…. You will smell the sweat of the horses and feel the ache of a warrior who is also a mother and a lover. Akmaral transported me, night after page-turning night, to a world I would never have been able to experience otherwise.”

—Barbara Quick, author of Vivaldi’s Virgins and What Disappears

“Akmaral may be one of the most fascinating warriors in literature…. Written with a wild poetry, the author brings to life a strong woman and her unforgettable story amid stark cliffs and green pastures. Akmaral is pure literary magic.”

—Stephanie Cowell, American Book Award recipient and author of Claude & Camille: a novel of Monet and The Boy in the Rain 

“Fraught with conflict both internal and external. Thoroughly imagined and vividly described… Fans of Madeline Miller and Natalie Haynes will relish how Lindbergh weaves fact and fiction to craft a...


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Historical fiction at its best - an emotional and inspiring story about a strong woman and her influence on a whole tribe.

As the nomads roamed the Asian steppes, in some tribes the women fought side by side as equals with men - at least until they got pregnant.

Akmaral loves her life training for battle from a young age, mastering horse riding as well as archery and fighting with spear and blade.

There is tense rivalry between her and the strongest man, Erzhan, and they can't seem to decide if they want to kill each other, or kiss...

To protect their people, the must fight side by side, but further tension is created when they capture Timor, the leader of one of their attackers. Akmaral is mesmerised by Timor, but Erzhan does not trust him.

I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of a society where women and men fight together, where loyalty is a must for survival and where making peace with war is a must.

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A dazzling landscape of warrior women on horses — the Sauromatae serving the war god Targitai — and ana-women (childbearing women) in yurts. it's about making artwork of deer, it's about the magic of turning into birds, in a land where death is a returning home, even if "you cannot go back." Physical and spiritual. About social bonds, prediction, doubt, and courage.

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An ancient matriarchal tribe of nomads living on the Ukok Plateau, in the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia. The story centers on the life of the anointed girl child, Akmaral, whose extraordinary bravery, and fully realized humanity, make her into a heroine.
A highly imagined civilization from 2,400 years ago — it’s shimmers with authenticity with all the great details… Smells of horses, aches of a warrior who it’s also a mother and a lover.
Amaral loves her tribe with its relentless God, the silent captured enemy. She takes into her life, and the child she bears him.
But what if the stranger turns on her because she loves too much?
This is an incredible historical fiction novel.
The author took great effort - skillful diligence research to bring us (readers) this magnificent book.

Dedicated to the author’s mother and all women who must fight for peace. …. and a little story of how this book would not have been written if it were not for the authors son …. (a touching-inspiring awakening that happened when he was only two years old)

In a society where men and women fight together - side by side - spears and arrowheads - Akmaral is our heroine. She was orphaned as a young girl… then grew up to become Mother-of-her-tribe > a leader of her Normadic matriarchal tribe - Central Asian Steppe in the 5th century.
We take an amazing adventurous journey facing love, loss, betrayals, fears, death, and determination.

“These fierce ancient warrior women existed….
……woman warrior making peace with making war”.

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