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318 BC.  The Macedonian Empire remains in chaos after the unexpected death of Alexander the Great five years earlier.


Andrikos and Vettias continue the work of the King’s Hand as the fate of their beleaguered army hangs in the balance at the mountain fortress of Nora.  They receive orders to embark on a new clandestine mission that could reverse the fortunes of their army and possibly change the course of history.


It is also another rite of passage for Andrikos as he strives to take on the responsibilities and emotions of a man beyond his years. He and his mentor navigate this fascinating and dangerous world to save Alexander’s surviving heirs, fulfill the promise made to Andrikos’ love, Mara, while serving the very men who wish to usurp the Argead Dynasty.


Expect plotting, treachery and military might in Christian Kachel’s absorbing sequel to his critically acclaimed debut novel that explores the little known age of post-Alexandrian Greece. World on Fire continues the story of a young man's coming-of-age through alliances, espionage and epic battles played out over the span of the known world.   


Readers are sure to be captivated as they are once again drawn in by Kachel's vivid depictions of the ancient world in this thoroughly researched historical narrative.

Kachel’s first book, Spoils of Olympus: By the Sword, won First Place for Best Ancient History novel in the 2015 Chaucer Awards held by Chanticleer Book Reviews, won the Bronze Medal for Best Historical Fiction in the 2015 Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews and Award Contest, and was a finalist for Best Historical Fiction in the 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards.


Kachel presents another well-researched novel that explores a fascinating but overlooked period of Greek history. His descriptions of military life, especially the intrigue and the battles, are spot-on. He includes a huge cast of characters, many of whom are pulled straight from the pages of history.




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.



He’s done his homework, and he manages to take the larger-than-life personalities of Alexander’s generals, men whose actions during this time altered the course of history, and make them dynamic and intriguing.



A master tactician and student of war, Christian Kachel brings history to life in The Spoils of War II: World on Fire; an engaging foray into the aftermath of Alexander the Great.




322 B.C.  The Macedonian Empire is on the verge of civil war following the sudden death of Alexander the Great.


As a boy, Andrikos watched as Alexander's army marched through his homeland of Greek Ionia after defeating the Persians at the Granicus River on their way to the total conquest of the Persian Empire. Soon he will be embroiled in their world, forced to flee his old life due to an unintentional crime.


Thrust into the army, Andrikos struggles to cope with the brutal yet necessary training which his superiors put him through to prepare for the coming wars of succession as Alexander's surviving generals seek to divide and conquer the spoils of Olympus.


But Andrikos is not destined to be a nameless soldier; by chance he is chosen for a clandestine mission - and is immersed in a world of intrigue, violence and brotherhood.


The path that lies ahead of Andrikos requires him to shed his immaturity and take on the responsibilities and emotions of a man beyond his years as he struggles to save Alexander's legacy from those who wish to usurp it.


The Spoils of Olympus: By the Sword is a historical epic which follows the advancements of one soldier from boy to man set during a time of global conflict. 

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Thanks to evocative writing and impressive research, the world of the ancient Greeks feels closer than ever. An educational yet adventurous novel that will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next installment.




The character development of Andrikos from that of a boy to a man is done effortlessly. The author has researched well and has shared with readers that time in history which many of us are not so aware of. The author has given a lot of attention to detail and any student of history will enjoy this. 



In this debut novel, Kachel brings the reader on a gritty and powerful foray into Macedon's conquered realm. It is thoroughly researched, and it has the undeniable authenticity of a soldier (Kachel) writing of a soldier's life. 



Christian Kachel's By the Sword is a fine debut novel that explores the little known, but fascinating, age of post-Alexandrian Greece. Its intriguing interwoven storylines of a young man's coming of age, of alliances and espionage, and of harrowing battles scenes will be sure to captivate readers and keep them turning the pages even as they wince and grimace with Kachel's no-holds- barred descriptions in this well-researched historical narrative. 


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