Fire from Heaven is the first book in Mary Renault’s Alexander the Great trilogy. The novel starts when he’s a young boy and takes us through to the point when his father, Philip of Macedon, is assassinated. The book was recommended to us by Hugh Bowden, Professor of Ancient History at King’s College London, as one of the best books about Alexander the Great. The other two books in the trilogy are The Persian Boy and Funeral Games, which is set after Alexander’s death. If you like the first, you’ll probably want to read them all.
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