Can anyone identify a novel, probably from the '80s, which told the story of Alexander the Great but gender flipped to be a woman? The character's name was altered to be Aleksanr Alisond (or similar).

It was quite similar to Mary Gentle's "Story of Ash" but that's not it.

  • Community consensus appears to be that alternate history is sufficiently SF in and of itself to be on topic. Voting to leave open. – Politank-Z Oct 29 '17 at 22:16

"Walk in the Dark" series by Alison Spedding

The Road and the Hills' (the first book) description:

A reworking of the legend of Alexander the Great - with a female protagonist. Ailixond, Lord of Safi, had taken his army across half the known world to assuage his appetite for conquest. Never had he met anyone like Aleizon Ailix Ayndra - a woman soldier who will one day rule the known world.


  • Yes! Thank you so much, That's been bugging me for ages! – Beverley Hixon Nov 1 '17 at 18:38

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