The reissue of Renault’s classic trilogy about the life and death of Alexander the Great is welcome indeed, for long-time fans and most especially for those unfamiliar with Renault’s fine grasp of history and presentation.
Funeral Games takes up where The Persian Boy ends: at the time of Alexander’s death. Many factions vie to succeed Alexander, who unfortunately did not leave a clear mandate for succession. Treachery abounds in the many factions of his army as well as in his family, and this volume is the darkest of the trilogy; Renault’s descriptions of the power-hungry and their traitorous plots does much to explain the demise of Alexander’s hard-won empire.
All three volumes contain maps reflecting Alexander’s world, and are a useful addition for the reader.