Renault's skill is in immersing us in their world, drawing us into its strangeness, its violence and beauty . . . a literary conjuring trick . . . so convincing and passionately conjured
I love to find queer representation in historical fiction. This is a reframing of the later years of Alexander the Great's life, told from the perspective of his young, gelded lover, the servant Bagoas. Renault's eye for intimacy is amazing and it's really moving to see the warrior through his lover's adoring gaze. You'll be left wishing that someone worshipped you like that.