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Fires of Alexandria (Alexandrian Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Central to this story is the idea that Heron of Alexandria, greatest inventor of the age, finds a way of harnessing steam power. But woven around that is a fast paced mystery / adventure, full of colourful characters (many, like Heron, based on real people.
Carpenter demonstrates a real understanding of the ancient cities complex mix of politics, religion and economy. The Romans rule - their presence resented but their power feared. The Temples vie with each other for popularity, each seeking to recruit the most talented engineers to build the most spectacular `miracles' with which to attract followers. The Great Library is the worlds supreme storehouse of knowledge in all the world, in spite of the fire which destroyed much of its vast store of manuscripts. The city is proud and prosperous on the surface, but underneath it seethes with unrest and is full of dark secrets.
Heron, driven by the pressure of debt (and the threat of harsh justice for debtors) takes on commissions to build new war machines which may threaten the stability of the restless city - and seeks for hidden knowledge that some would rather keep hidden.
And another interesting element is that, in this version of history, Heron is actually a women - the sister of the real (and deceased) Heron who has taken over his identity and his workshop in order to pay of the huge debts he had incurred.Read more ›
A wonderful mix of steampunk, ancient Egypt in the grip of the Roman Empire, and a colourful, varied collection of characters made this a riveting, page-turner of a read. So much so that, unwilling to miss out on where the story may now go with some favourite characters, I've downloaded the next two books in the series.
Needless to say I won't be getting others in the series.
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Seemed to wander from one thing to another without explaining where it was going. Skip read the last few chaptersPublished 5 months ago by Tim Smith
terrefic book! I'll certainly read from this author now ....Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Generally an enjoyable read and well composed. A bit rushed at the end spoils it slightly but overall a good story.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was an easy read that wasnt very challenging. The histrocial aspect is what caught my interest, however the story itself was rather pedstrian and mundane. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jomeo
whilst I thought the book interesting it didn't engage me enough as there was no background to the characters like Agog where exactly did he come from? Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jim
An enjoyable read, with good pace, though as is common with such tales, it comes to a sharp end, almost hasty in completion. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jon Fredriksen
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