Fire from Heaven: A Novel of Alexander the Great (The Alexander Trilogy #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the The Alexander Trilogy series.

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A marvelous historical novel that depicts Alexander the Great as a eccentric yet charismatic youth, clearly vibrating at a higher frequency.

— Chris


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.

About the Author

Mary Renault was born in London and educated at Oxford. She then trained for three years as a nurse, and wrote her first published novel, Promise of Love. Her next three novels were written while serving in WWII. After the war, she settled in South Africa and traveled considerably in Africa and Greece. It was at this time that she began writing her brilliant historical reconstructions of ancient Greece, including The King Must Die, The Last of the Wine, and The Persian Boy. She died in Cape Town in 1983.

Praise For…

“Written with her usual vigor and imagination...Mary Renault has a great talent.” –The New York Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375726828
ISBN-10: 0375726829
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: June 11th, 2002
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: The Alexander Trilogy

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