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. 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.
Graham unveils the depth of her main character well. I think I also read hints to other stories upcoming? Graham is an excellent storyteller. At times, the minor characaters can get jumbled because there are so many of them, and names from ancient times are hard to read and remember. Of all her stories, Graham adds more in this book in terms of battle scenes. In her first two books (also great reads), the battles have been hinted at or take place away from the main characters because of the main characters' role in society (primarily being that they are women). Graham shows growth as an author and heightens the magestic and historic qualities of her novels.
What I really enjoyed was the work to make Alexader's vision reality in Alexandria. It was the "melting pot" of the ancient world. This book has everything to it: excellent historical basis, enchanting narrative, strong characterization of the main characters, heafty action, and character growth. I think this is her best novel yet. Her novelization of gods and historical figures is very well thought out and researched.
"Descendants of Avalon"
Released via Inklings Publishing
("The Forgotten" volume 2)
Reviewed and awarded the
2016 Indie Editor's Choice
by the Historical Novel Society.
Long listed for the Historical Novel Society 2017 Indie Award.
Goodreads profile at: https://www.goodreads.com/JElse