Blood and Sand
Blood and Sand
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Annotation: Recasting the legendary character of Spartacus as a fierce female warrior, a high-action story about a 17-year-old princess and a handsome gladiator who dared to challenge the Roman Republic depicts their precarious bond and role it plaued in bringing about a history-shaping rebellion.
Catalog Number: #153267
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 320 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7653-8009-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-7653-8009-8
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
This satisfying series starter set in Ancient Rome reimagines Spartacus as a 17-year-old girl. When Attia is sold as a slave to the House of Timeus, no one knows she's actually the warrior princess of Thrace and the last of her people. She is given to Xanthus, a fellow slave and gladiator champion of Rome, as a gift from his master. Attia and Xanthus begin to build a trust through their shared skill in combat and a driving desire to seek revenge on the Roman leaders who wiped out their respective homes. While their burgeoning love leaves them both with something to lose, Attia never takes her eyes off her goal of vengeance. The fights and battles are clear, exciting, and plentiful without being terribly graphic, and the love story, while a little quick, is deeply felt. Attia is a strong and skilled protagonist who, as the fiery ending indicates, has the tools and motivation to lead a rebellion.
Publishers Weekly
In an action-packed debut novel,
School Library Journal Starred Review
POPGr 8 Up Weaving two stories togetherthat of Attia, a 17-year-old Thracian warrior princess, and of Xanthus, a gladiatorWyk crafts a cast of relatable characters whose lives have been thrown together as a result of massacre. Within a matter of days, Attia goes from being the princess of Thrace to being a slave girl in a gladiator household. She is purchased at an auction by the House of Timeus to be given as a gift to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome. A skilled fighter, Attia immediately escapes by breaking the bones of her captors, climbing buildings, and running as fast as possible. She is ultimately caught and branded and learns that she needs to follow instructions and lie low until she is able to kill Timeus and seek revenge on Crassus Flavius, the man responsible for the murder of her Thracian comrades. Meanwhile, Attia gets to know Xanthus, only to find out that he is also a slave to Timeus, bought as a child and forced to learn how to fight as a gladiator. Xanthus is training for the fight of his life: a chance to battle the man who murdered his people, Decimus. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius changes everyone's plans and each character must fight to survive. A surprise ending will leave readers wanting more. Only slightly similar in theme to Marie Rutkoski's The Winner's Curse , this debut is a unique addition to Ancient Roman historical fiction. This stunning series starter reads like a movie, with lengthy action scenes and strong imagery that allow readers to enjoy the narrative on a different level. VERDICT Recommended for all young adult collections. Kristin Unruh, Siersma Elementary School, Warren, MI
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School Library Journal Starred Review (Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 CST 2018)
ALA Booklist (Sun Oct 01 00:00:00 CDT 2017)
Publishers Weekly
Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 7-12

The legendary Spartacus is recast as a fierce female warrior in this action-packed tale of a 17-year-old princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic.


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