Alexander the Great's soldier, Lydias of Miletus, has survived the final campaigns of the king's life. He now has to deal with the chaos surrounding his death. Lydias throws his lot in with Ptolemy, one of Alexander's generals who has grabbed Egypt as his personal territory. Aided by the eunuch... show more
Alexander the Great's soldier, Lydias of Miletus, has survived the final campaigns of the king's life. He now has to deal with the chaos surrounding his death. Lydias throws his lot in with Ptolemy, one of Alexander's generals who has grabbed Egypt as his personal territory. Aided by the eunuch Bagoas, the Persian archer Artashir, and the Athenian courtesan Thais, Ptolemy and Lydias must take on all the contenders in a desperate adventure whose prize is the fate of a white city by the sea, and Alexander's legacy.
Publish date: May 25th 2010
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Series: Numinous World (#2)
I enjoyed Graham's first novel, BLACK SHIPS--overall there I was impressed with how Graham drew from recent archeological and historic scholarship to bring to life the Late Bronze Age world--but I'm afraid I find STEALING FIRE less successful. With historical fiction, I want to enter that other wo...
Wonderful. Different beat than Black Ships but as good for me. Of course, it's full of little Alexander things that are wonderful. If you are a fan of Mary Renault's Alexander, of Alexander history, Stealing Fire is fun. I like the "demi-teinte" rhythm of the narration. How Lydias' life is on pause ...
Had to call this one a DNF in the end. I simply couldn't connect with the main character. I found him interesting enough in the flashbacks, but overall I found him stagnant. And the naive boy being completely aware, open, and at home with his sexuality, just like EVERY OTHER CHARACTER in these books...
I enjoyed Graham's Stealing Fire, but not as much as her earlier Black Ships. As usual, the ancient world really came to life in her prose, and I loved the action sequences. But I didn't think the mystical sequences held together quite as well. While the ones in Black Ships, like the descent into th...