Stealing Fire by Jo GrahamStealing Fire by Jo Graham

Stealing Fire

byJo Graham

Paperback | May 25, 2010

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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. Aided by the eunuch Bagoas, the Persian archer Artashir, and the Athenian courtesan Thais, 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.
Jo Graham lives in Maryland with her family, and has worked in politics for many years.Black Shipsis her debut novel. Find out more about the author at
Title:Stealing FireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:May 25, 2010Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316076392

ISBN - 13:9780316076395

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fresh story: What happened after Alexander died? I greatly enjoyed Graham's previous books, Black Ships and Hand of Isis, so I was really forward to reading this one. This book takes place a long time after Black Ships but a few centuries before Hand of Isis. It chronicles the events that led to the establishment of the Ptolemy dynasty in Egypt, after Alexander's death. Graham's books are all very well-researched historical fantasy. The fantasy element is rather subtle and mostly involves gods speaking and guiding their oracles, occasionally intervening when necessary in ways that could easily be explained through natural causes. It is a refreshing change of pace. Her writing is very lyrical, but still easy to read. I am not a historian, so I can not speak to the accuracy of her research, but the world her characters live in feels real. I enjoyed Lydias' perspective and the story that he tells. My only (very, very, minor) quibble is that the characters seem a little idealistic for their times. Of course the argument could be made that the story is about them precisely because they are idealistic, so take that as you may. I really did love this book, though, and I plan to reread all three of Graham's books while I wait for her next offering to come out!
Date published: 2012-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I just finished reading Stealing Fire and I thought it was one the best books that I've read this year (so far). It grabs your imagination right from the start and dosn't let go until the last page.
Date published: 2010-06-07