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The House of the Eagle by Duncan Sprott
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The first of 4 books following the fortunes of the dynasty founded by Ptolemy, one of Alexander the Great's generals, in Egypt.

Narrated from the viewpoint of Thoth, the Egyptian god of Wisdom, the book speeds quickly through Ptolemy's youth and association with Alexander and it is only after Alexander has died, that the story really commences.

The background to Ptolemy's seizure of Egypt is, of course, the struggle among Alexander's generals for power. Formerly comrades, now they make and break alliances with one another in the struggle for supremacy. Ptolemy tries to secure his rule by marrying his children to his former comrades.

In the meantime, Egypt's priesthood tries to persuade Ptolemy to give up his Macedonian ways and become fully Egyptian.

This is a fascinating look at a little known period of history when Alexander's generals battled one another and at the founding of the dynasty that would culminate in Cleopatra.

The choice to use Thoth as a narrator is a little distracting as are the interjections and comments he makes on the events as they unfold but luckily they do not detract too much from the story

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