The Persian Boy
I ran across this book when it came out in paperback about 1973 or so, I'd guess. That would have made me 13 or so. I think I may have already read Mary Renault's Theseus books, The King Must Die and The Bull From the Sea but this one blew me away.
Bagoas was such a beautiful character to a young girl with his yearning and his beauty. Renault's language was so poetic and lovely to me and still is. Just writing about it makes me want to reread it once again. Not sure how many times I have read it over the years, but it remains my favorite book of all books.
I am sure there are flaws in the book but I am not sure what they are. I loved the way Renault could make the reader feel as if they lived in the ancient world and knew Alexander and his contemporaries. She was wonderful at conveying life in ancient Greece.