The second volume of the Tyrant series starts right after the previous one ended. Having defeated the troops Antipater sent against the Euxine cities, the Greeks and their Scythian allies are called east to fight Alexander’s own troops in defence of eastern Scythian tribal lands. Spitamenes has revolted in Sogdia and his intrigues have drawn the attention of the Macedonian.Like the first volume, this book has much male bonding, horse riding, vicious combat and Kineas’ soothsaying dreams, not necessarily in that order. Many in the group of friends that Cameron introduced in the first volume, are killed off. The reader is left racing through the book to see who is left at the end, wondering what will become of Kineas, Srayanka and, of course, Alexander the Great, although the latter is only a supporting actor in this great page-turner.