- File Size: 2734 KB
- Print Length: 390 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Varlet & Vertue (October 25, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 25, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M3230XP
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,152 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The narrator is ten year old Lucilla, and wise beyond her years. She kills an attacker with a kitchen knife in the first dozen pages, and has little tolerance for her spoiled older sister.
Blind Petrus, an aged gladiator and Yoda to Lucilla, teaches her the art of the warrior. And she will need it.
Over the course of the novel Lucilla grows to maturity, and fights many battles, both political and physical, along the way. At the end she becomes a gladiator, and much, much more.(no spoilers here)
The author had done tons of research on ancient Rome and its customs, mores, and gods, then delivered it in a highly-readable novel.
It has more sub plots than a daytime soap, with palace intrigues, domestic strife, and murderous cabals aplenty. In short, a first rate sleep-stealer.
A few quotes that give an essence of who Lucilla is:
“Your desire to avenge father’s death has turned you away from any happiness. (Spoken by her sister Agrippina)
“The vows you make to yourself are far more binding than those you swear to others.” (Spoken by her uncle)
“It keeps us chained to the people who hurt us most. It makes us hostages to the fate of those we care for. We will do the most unspeakable things, if we can say they’re done for love.” (Spoken by her aunt)
“Marcus told me you were born of the fire of the mountain.” (Spoken by Parsina)
I intend to read more of this author's work.
From taking on an assassin, to befriending slaves, to hunting her father's killer, the story of Lucilla is certainly compelling. Rich in historical detail, with pithy, memorable characters (some with a dash of yum!), I found this book to be a refreshing and engaging read. Too soon to beg for more?
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