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Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault

Fire from Heaven, the greatest coming-of-age story ever to double as a work of historical fiction

–Tom Holland, Introduction to Fire from heaven

Title: Fire from Heaven

Series: Alexander the Great #1

Author: Mary Renault

Introduction: Tom Holland (not spiderman)

Length: 427 pages

Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★

Summary:

23798203Alexander’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 fuelled 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.

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