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Book Review: “The Three Paradises” (Alexander’s Legacy #2) by Robert Fabbri (Collaboration)

Recensione in italiano: QUI. – Quotes: HERE.

Hello everyone, thank you for being on Alessandro III di Macedonia! Before talking to you about this beautiful reading I must make a due premise because I don’t want to create doubts. In this period I struggle to find the right concentration to read and especially in English because I have some thoughts on my mind. So I read this book in a month but in reality it was less time because some nights I interspersed the reading of some books for children while others I didn’t really read at all. The reading time of this book doesn’t express my liking for the book – which I also found wonderful – but is simply the amount of time in which I started and finished reading it. After this necessary premise, let’s talk about the book:

The Three Paradises

(Alexander’s Legacy #2)

by Robert Fabbri

Corvus, Atlantic Books, 2021

ISBN: 978-1786498007, pages 413

I foresee great struggles at my funeral games.

In the second instalment of the breakneck, brutal new series from bestseller Robert Fabbri, the fight to control the largest empire in the world continues…

Alexander the Great’s sudden and unexpected death has left the largest, most formidable empire the world has ever seen leaderless. As the fight to take control descends into ruthless scheming and bloody battles, no one – man, woman or child – is safe.

As wars on land and sea are lost and won, and promises are made only to be broken, long-buried secrets come to light in the quest for the true circumstances surrounding Alexander’s death. Was he murdered, and if so by whom? Could he have been sowing the seeds of discord deliberately, through his refusal to name an heir? And who will eventually ascend to power at the helm of the empire – if it manages to survive that long?

Can one champion vanquish all…?

Robert Fabbri read Drama and Theatre at London University and worked in film and TV for twenty-five years. He has a life-long passion for ancient history, which inspired him to write the bestselling Vespasian series and the Alexander’s Legacy series. He lives in London and Berlin.

Classificazione: 4.5 su 5.

Reading time: from 13 January to 10 February 2021.

I’d like to thank the publisher Corvus for the free copy: thanks for this wonderful reading!

In this second book of Alexander’s Legacy series, Fabbri takes us back to the tumultuous world of succession to the reign of Alexander the Great and picks up where he left off with To the Strongest. I like Fabbri for how he writes, for how he characterizes the characters we know very well by now, for how he manages to follow – and to make us follow – from several points of view what happened in those years. After having read something more than last year about the Diadochi wars I can say that Fabbri makes some changes but he is also aware of them because he warns us at the end of the book and the changes he makes don’t distort the story but adapt it to his narration. If in the first book I liked Ptolemy very much, in this one I like all the characters a bit because, seeing the question from their point of view, he sympathizes with them, even for Kassander, when Antipater dies and leaves the regency to Polypercon and not to him, I manage to like it a little. Stories that had not particularly struck me in the first book like that of Adea in the end I like and I’m sorry for her bad end she has with Philip III Arrhidaeus.

There are many passages that I liked for the most diverse reasons:

  • when Antipater thinks that after twenty years he will see Seleukos again and wonders how he will have become and sees for a long time, as an old regent he knows that in the future they will have to face new emerging threats (Rome); when he thinks that he would have preferred Kassander’s death to Iollas’s; when he knew he didn’t have much time left and thinks back to his work for Philip and Alexander and returns to the idea of preserving the kingdom for little Alexander IV;
  • from Eumenes’ point of view he is the only one who thinks of the one great empire left by Alexander but he too has got his personal interests behind it. Later together with Antigenes he stages the farce of the throne with the diadem of Alexander in search of a legitimacy that he struggled to find since he was a Greek;
  • I also really liked the part played by Cleopatra, Alexander’s sister: she is smart, shrewd and decisive and the dialogue she has with Antipater is very beautiful;
  • it’s good how the various characters use The Last Days and Testament of Alexander depending on their game;
  • the first meeting of little Alexander with his grandmother Olympias was very good – for now he is too young to have his point of view but who knows if going forward in history he too will have his own personal narration. Olympias immediately sees in her grandson the features of her son but she’s hard on the child because memory and reality don’t match and she has to shape reality to make it match Alexander’s memory;
  • the description of the pythia rite of the oracle of Dodona when Olympias asks for help and understands what she really wants;
  • Thais is sometimes more cunning than Ptolemy and is a great help for him in planning what to do in the future;
  • Roxanna’s moment of despair is a good insight into her vulnerability because she remembers her youth and how her life has been upset several times in a very short time;
  • Olympias is terrible, cruel and sadistic with Antipater’s family.

In this second book Ptolemy and Seleukos remained a bit in the background and Antipater, Eumenes and Polypercon had more importance and I can’t wait to read An Empty Throne, the third book in the series but first there will also be the short story on Archias to read titled Archias the Exile-Hunter: The Issos Incident and for me now this saga with all the annexes is not to be missed!

At the end of the book there’s a list of all the characters and those in italics are the fictional ones. It’s curious to see what is reported for Alexander the Great: “the cause of all the trouble”. The Three Paradises is a compelling reading and despite the many characters you never lose the thread of the narrative because is told with skill and elegance. There are also naval battles and I’d like to read a book or a short story from Alexander’s point of view and I will read everything that Fabbri will publish on this series because I love it!

But, there is a but that doesn’t depend on the book but is important: when will it be published in Italian? Even those who cannot read English should have the opportunity to read this beautiful series and the Italian public must be able to read it! I myself would certainly re-read it in Italian too! We hope that sooner or later it will also come to us as the author is already known in Italy and would certainly like us too!

You can find this book, for now in hardcover and e-book versions but will also be released in an economic version on the PUBLISHER’S WEBSITE and in all online stores!

Thanks once again to the publisher for this wonderful chance to read this fascinating and mesmerizing read and stay tuned as I will be talking about the Alexander’s Legacy series again!

Thank you all and have a good weekend,

#copiaomaggio #prodottooffertoda Corvus – Atlantic Books

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