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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
World on Fire: Spoils of Olympus, Volume 2 by Christian Kachel is the story of a young soldier as he grows up in the military and understands that life in Macedon. The year is 318 BC, five years after the death of Alexander the Great. Andrikos, our valiant hero, receives orders to move and change their situation. The new plan has the potential to change history and open new doors. However, for Andrikos, it is nothing but another way for him to grow up far more quickly that he should. He and Vettias are ready to protect Alexander’s heirs while all the time they are working for the men who want to destroy the remaining Argead Dynasty. This is a dangerous task that no sane man will want to take on. But Andrikos is not a normal man; he was changed by the war and with the death of a great leader. Now he and his mentor must do what they can to protect the future of their country and their own, but how can they? Their adversary is far more powerful. Can two men save what is left of the hopes and dreams of many?
What can I say? I love a complex tale and a complex main character. Just when I thought I had figured Andrikos out, there was something new revealed about his very fascinating personality. I loved his emotion and how he changed from a confused young man to a furious soldier. I loved the dynamics of his relationship with Vettias and Mara. I cannot wait for the next novel in the series. But in the meantime, I will read the first novel! That being said, this is a brilliantly written novel that can be taken as a great and grand epic tale of heroes.