Mary Renault, Fire fron Heaven

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Alexander’s beauty, strength, and defiance were apparent from birth, but his boyhood honed those gifts into the makings of a king. His mother, Olympias, and his father, King Philip of Macedon, fought each other for their son’s loyalty, teaching Alexander politics and vengeance from the cradle. His love for the youth Hephaistion taught him trust, while Aristotle’s tutoring provoked his mind and Homer’s Iliad fueled his aspirations. Killing his first man in battle at the age of twelve, he became regent at sixteen and commander of Macedon’s cavalry at eighteen, so that by the time his father was murdered, Alexander’s skills had grown to match his fiery ambition.

1 comment:

  1. I read this book when I was in high school. I remember It took me a month to get the entire trilogy. It's one of my favorite books and probably the reason I was interested in Alexander.

    The characters in this book are alive. I haven't found an author thayt can make people so tender and soft but at the same time strong. even their mistakes are admirable.

    Alexander in this book is the kind of guy that you wish you had as a best friend. He is smart but not cunning, ambitious and naive, capable of disaster and mayhem of an epic scale but still likable.

    Renault has done her research and Alexander's mindframe is very different from what we are used to as 20th century creatures but still the reader finds himself making excuses for the charecters' actions.

    There is only one thing left to say: Read the book!