Think Xena, Warrior Princess. Or Joan of Arc. That’s the model for The Cahena, a powerful woman ruler who faces a powerful invading army. Carthage has just been sacked and now a 40,000 man army is heading to take her lands, too. Set in the Seventh Century, Cahena is mostly a historical novel told by a Saxon fighter who joins The Cahena’s forces as a strategist. His relationship with The Cahena becomes something more. The battle scenes scintillate with realism. I’ve admired Manly Wade Wellman’s versatility in writing science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, and westerns. Wellman’s Cahena is a first-rate historical novel with plenty of action and suspense. It was published by Doubleday in hardcover in 1986. I’ve never seen a paperback reprint of Cahena.