Book Review: Stealing Fire
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By The Librarian

Stealing Fire
Written by Jo Graham
Orbit Publishing
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 Alexander’s soldiers. After the death of the king, Lydias chooses to follow Ptolemy, one of Alexander’s generals who made Egypt his territory. Ptolemy and Lydias, with the help of the Persian archer Artashir and the eunuch Bagoas, Alexander’s lover, must fight to save the fate of the new city of Alexandria and Alexander’s legacy.

I went into this book without many expectations having never read much about Alexander the Great or any of Jo Graham’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 Lydias’s flashbacks of Alexander transformed such distant historical icons into tangible people for me.

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