If anything, it's even better than number one. A lot of fighting, mystic, politics, and ancient-greek-style sex. What more do you need? Shaping up to be one hell of a trilogy. Can't wait for number three.
I picked this one up at a local book store and read through it one session. It's a very easy and enjoyable read and even if you don't know exacly what is fact and what is ficion, you can't help but to feel that you know a lot more about Alexander and this Macedonian period in Greek history. And Philip is a class A brute. Can't wait for number two.