Synopses & Reviews
Alexander, Prince of Macedon, is the terror of the world. Persia, Egypt, Athens
one after another, mighty nations are falling before the fearsome conqueror. Some say Alexander is actually the son of Zeus, king of the gods, and the living incarnation of Hercules himself. Worse yet, some say Alexander believes this
The ambitious prince is aided in his conquest by unstoppable war-machines based on the forbidden knowledge of his former tutor, the legendary scientist-mage known as Aristotle. Greek fire, mechanical golems, and gigantic siege-engines lay waste to Alexander's enemies as his armies march relentlessly westtoward the very edge of the world.
Beyond the Pillars of Hercules, past the gateway to the outer ocean, lies the rumored remnants of Atlantis: ancient artifacts of such tremendous power that they may be all that stands between Alexander and conquest of the entire world. Alexander desires that power for himself, but an unlikely band of fugitives—including a Gaulish barbarian, a cynical Greek archer, a cunning Persian princess, and a sorcerer's daughtermust find it first
before Alexander unleashes godlike forces that will shatter civilization.
The Pillars of Hercules is an epic adventure that captures the grandeur and mystery of the ancient world as it might have been, where science and magic are one and the same.
In the doomed Athenian province of Egypt, Alexander the Great's victorious forces bear down upon the Nile delta. At the behest of a Zoroastrian witch, two soldiers of fortune, Lugorix and Matthias, smuggle a Persian noblewoman out of Alexander's clutches and help her escape to Athens, where they ally with the legendary orator Demosthenes. Alexander has become convinced by the Oracle at Siwah that he is the son of Zeus - a demigod - and he plots to destroy the Athenian Empire, whose capital is an impregnable fortress protected by ship-patrolled moats, steam-driven catapults, and flamethrowers. But Alexander has his own magicians who harness all manner of strange devices of war - powered by fire, water, and gears - in the pursuit of victory. And now the philosopher-scientist Aristotle has made a discovery that could determine the course of the war: the location of the magical artifacts that were sunk beyond the Pillars of Hercules more than a thousand years before, in the lost city of Atlantis. But the secret that Atlantis holds was buried for a reason... Action, conquest, and steam-powered war machines come to life in Pillars of Hercules, the epic alternate-steampunk-history novel from David Constantine.