By The Librarian
Written by Jo Graham
Release Date: May 25, 2010
Do you like historical fiction? Do you like fantasy novels? Are you looking for a book that makes you think? If you answered yes to all of these questions, then read on, because I have the perfect book for you.
Stealing Fire by Jo Graham tells the story of the chaos surrounding the death of Alexander the Great and its aftermath through the ever-loyal hero of the novel, Lydias of Miletus. Lydias who, although was once a slave boy, becomes one of Alexanderâ€™s soldiers. After the death of the king, Lydias chooses to follow Ptolemy, one of Alexanderâ€™s generals who made Egypt his territory. Ptolemy and Lydias, with the help of the Persian archer Artashir and the eunuch Bagoas, Alexanderâ€™s lover, must fight to save the fate of the new city of Alexandria and Alexanderâ€™s legacy.
I went into this book without many expectations having never read much about Alexander the Great or any of Jo Grahamâ€™s other novels beforehand. I loved the actions scenes, they were great and pretty frequent; however, at times, the novel moved too slowly for me. I also am not a fan of politics, so I had a bit of trouble keeping up when the characters discussed it. Reading the scenes with Ptolemy and Lydiasâ€™s flashbacks of Alexander transformed such distant historical icons into tangible people for me.
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