- File Size: 616 KB
- Print Length: 219 pages
- Publication Date: November 8, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A4EMA28
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,730,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Gladiatrix Kindle Edition
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Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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It was hard reading at first as it's written in a first person way that is almost being talked at rather than talked to, but once I got "the voice" in my head I got used to it. Also there was the use of all Roman / gladiator words that I'm not used to. I suppose if you were the main target audience you wouldn't notice this as you'd be used to it. There is a glossary in the book, so that would help
I have learnt (not that it took much teaching) that I wouldn't like to live in those days. Life was hard for most people, especially women.
It was a very interesting story. I did think of Hippolyte often when not reading the book.
A very different book to Linda Gruchy's normal fare and certainly one I enjoyed reading.
* I bought this from Amazon's UK site which is why it doesn't say "Amazon Verified Purchase"
The latest work dealing with a woman having to fight in the arena as a gladiatrix is by Linda Gruchy and is simply titled "Gladiatrix". The author has done good research beforehand and therefore the book is not a fantasy but tries to stick to authentic gladiator gear and pairings but uses some literary liberty being well aware of this and doing this on purpose to spice up the story and keep the plot going.
The main charackter is a Celtic woman sentenced to fight in the arena as a gladiatrix. With hard training she learns to fight and has her first bout against a condemned criminal. It actually is true that tiro gladiators had to finish off the noxii to get used to killing people. Her next bouts are against men which was according to the scholars never happened in order to have equal chances for both gladiators thinking due to her physics the woman would be in a disadvantage fighting a man. But this spiced the story up.
Sometimes the story jumps a bit and I thought something got lost on my eBook Reader but that's not the case.
Of course there are some intrigues, but also very interesting twists in the story, some for me very unexpected. The end is really something I haven't thought about, very good!
A bit annoying when reading were some typos as well as misspellings of Latin terms.
Anyhow, this book is an entertaining read.