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Renault's skill is in immersing us in their world, drawing us into its strangeness, its violence and beauty ... a literary conjuring trick ... so convincing and passionately conjured The Times The Alexander Trilogy stands as one of the most important works of fiction in the 20th century ... it represents the pinnacle of [Renault's] career ... Renault's skill is in immersing us in their world, drawing us into its strangeness, its violence and beauty. It's a literary conjuring trick like all historical fiction - it can only ever be an approximation of the truth. But in Renault's hands, the trick is so convincing and passionately conjured. -- Antonia Senior The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
?Renault?s best historical novel yet.... Every detail has solid historical testimony to support it.??New York Review of Books
After Alexander?s death in 323 B.C .his only direct heirs were two unborn sons and a simpleton half-brother. Every long-simmering faction exploded into the vacuum of power. Wives, distant relatives, and generals all vied for the loyalty of the increasingly undisciplined Macedonian army. Most failed and were killed in the attempt. For no one possessed the leadership to keep the great empire from crumbling. But Alexander?s legend endured to spread into worlds he had seen only in dreams.
This is the last of the Alexander the Great trilogy by Mary Renault. It is the story of what happened after the death of Alexander which was depressing enough. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Carolyn
My least favorite of Mary Renault's novels set in ancient times, because it's the most deeply depressing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Snider
This is the book where Ms Renault had many sources to access and by now had developed an intimacy with time, place and characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ajbubbles
Alexander the Great is dead (this is not a spoiler), and the various men and even women who knew him (or of him) desperately claw to get on top of the pile and to rule over the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Crystal Starr Light
I've loved everything she has written. Mary brings the people of history alive and interesting. Fine end to the Persian Boy series.Published 11 months ago by TonyFusco
I would highly recommend this series to anyone interested in the ancient past. My only regret is that there were only three of these masterfully crafted booksPublished 17 months ago by terrilea