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Fire from Heaven (Alexander the Great series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 3 in The Novels of Alexander the Great
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“Mary Renault’s Alexandriad is one of the twentieth century’s most unexpectedly original works of art.” —Gore Vidal
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- File Size : 4190 KB
- Publication Date : September 10, 2013
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Open Road Media (September 10, 2013)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Print Length : 384 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- ASIN : B00DCGJ6Z4
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #23,553 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you have not read historical fiction before this is a good first book.
I feel with the present political situation this story is relevant, weak politicians open the door for strong leaders from other walks of life. What will happen to us?
Well here is a grand story of heroes and villains and friendships and love and a nobel cause.
I bought this because I loved the Persian Boy which was a decent historical novel with good prose, and I was hoping for another good book from the author. This book turned me off of buying anything by her ever again - the Persian Boy must have been a fluke. I've never before or since read anything with such a garbled, unfocused narrative. Alexander is the over-glorified focus of the story - but I cannot tell you who the main character was because every chapter or every few pages the story seemed to completely drop what had come before and start over with a different character and setting like an apparating groundhog day. I'd say most of the stories could have been interesting, but not as they were presented here and only if the author stuck with anything.
This was also the first book in the Alexander trilogy. I felt Ms Renault's slight discomposure through this book, presumably because it bravely dealt with the largely unknown childhood of this towering character. I only say this, not as a criticism (far from it), but because I have read now the trilogy and the last in the series 'Funeral Games' is where I think Ms Renault absolutely hit her stride. Many sources on Alexander's life were available and she had come to know their world so intimately.
This may be her bravest book.
I read this after returning from a trip to Greece, which of course made the landscapes and distances easier to imagine. It was thrilling to read about Alexander and Hephaestion climbing up to Acrocorinth from Corinth after having recently made the same climb!
Top reviews from other countries
Ben Kane, author of the Eagles of Rome and Hannibal novels.
Miss Renault conveys a wealth of detail in the people and politics, the daily life and customs of a remote time in history, but one which resonates with us still. These people have left mere mortal history and entered into the eternal life of mythology.
I thoroughly recommend this as an outstanding read.