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It's hard to know how to express how much I have enjoyed just reading this marvelous book.
Mary Renault is a serious scholar of Alexander the Great but also writes historical fiction based on historical characters and events of the times.
Bagoas is a beautiful and complex character and the fact that the story is narrated through his point of view gives it much of its charm.
Persian Boy was a spectacular way to learn about Alexander the Great in a titillating sort of way. Historical fiction is always a fine choicePublished 1 month ago by Carole Berube
I absolutely loved The Persian Boy by Mary Renault, a historical fiction novel about Alexander the Great's last years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J.R.
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Despite enjoying Fire from Heaven, I was reluctant to continue with The Persian Boy. Read more
Mary's narrative is so well done that you forget that behind the story is a woman writing about the live between two men.Published 2 months ago by Mauricio Sanabria Mora
Very insightful look into the life & times of one of the Greatest Rulers in the history of the world. Would like to read more written in this style re Alexander!Published 2 months ago by dominic teramana
I still have my copy from the 1970's, but since I re-read this book about once a year, having it on Kindle saves wear and tear on my older edition and lets me carry it around and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Melodi Lammond-Grundy
Mary Renault’s “The Persian Boy” is billed as the second in a trilogy of novels along with “Fire From Heaven” and “Funeral Games” covering the life of Alexander the Great. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kevin M. Derby
This is the incredible sequel to FIRE FROM HEAVEN. Through the eyes of Bagoas, a boy kidnapped and sold for his beauty, you are transported to ancient Persia in the height of its... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Simon