Fire From Heaven

Fire From Heaven

eBook - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Newburyport : Open Road Media, 2013
ISBN: 9781306613132
1306613132
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (842 pages)

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The first novel in Renault’s trilogy about the life of Alexander the Great, Fire from Heaven covers Alexander’s boyhood before he ascends to the throne of Macedon.


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RandomLibrarian Aug 30, 2019

"Fire From Heaven" is the first book in Mary Renault's trilogy about Alexander the Great (followed by "The Persian Boy" and "Funeral Games"). This book begins when Alexander is a young child and follows him up until he becomes king after the assassination of his father, King Phillip II of Macedonia.

Renault made an interesting choice to tell the story from the point of view of Hephaestion, Alexander's boyhood companion and lifelong friend, rather than Alexander himself. (She will do the same in "The Persian Boy" with Alexander's known eromenos, the Persian eunuch Bagoas. Madeline Miller takes a similar track in her "The Song of Achilles" by making Patroclus the narrator of the story.) Renault's writing is highly detailed and descriptive, which serves to make the setting and people in the book very realistic for the reader.

If you've read Miller's "The Song of Achilles" or "Circe" and want to know where to go next, this is where you should start!

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BertBailey
Mar 26, 2010

This Australian authoress is up for the Booker, 2010, for this book, according to the Guardian-Independent newspaper

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FavouriteFiction Oct 03, 2009

he story of the early life of Alexander the Great and how he was trained and became the ruthless and political man who changed the world.

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