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Sword of the Gladiatrix Paperback – May 7, 2015
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About the Author
FAITH L. JUSTICE is a science geek and history junkie, which is reflected in her writing. Her short stories and poems have appeared in such publications as "The Copperfield Review", "Beyond Science Fiction and Fantasy", and the "Circles in the Hair" anthology. Faith has published in such venues as "Salon.com", "Writer’s Digest", "The Writer", and "Bygone Days". She’s an Associate Editor for "Space & Time Magazine", a frequent contributor to "Strange Horizons", and co-founded a writer’s workshop more years ago than she cares to admit. To contact Faith, read her essays and interviews, or get a sneak preview of her historical novels, visit her website at faithljustice.com.
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Regarding the setting, first I'm not intimately familiar with the historical period concerned. That said, nothing rang false, and it certainly seems meticulously researched. She did a lot to bring the time period alive.
Regarding the characters, there's such a rich cast, and they are so diverse. Almost all the characters that come to mind (and all of the ones that stand out) are female, and have a range of personalities and characteristics.
On the emotional journey of the characters, well, I found the book to be a bit of a roller coaster. There are highs and lows throughout the story. I really enjoyed some parts, and other parts left me angry, or sad, or worried for the characters.
The action sequences were well done, and some of them were quite awesome. I particularly enjoyed the arena sequence with the cheetah's. And the opening/ending scene. I suppose its natural that those would stand out.
Overall, I loved it and would recommend it to practically anyone.
I was sent this book by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.
An amazing and totally original and unique novel. Such a strong range of female characters are depicted, courageous, brave, cunning, deadly, deceitful a complete gambit of credible and totally believable women.
Ms Justice has certainly done her research and this is evident in this convincing tale. Countries are travelled, religions explained, rituals rationalized all this while a relationship between two dominant females unfolds.
For me this novel was a learning experience in conjunction with a sensational story line. If you are looking for a novel to pique your historic interest while keeping you transfixed with an audacious narrative then this book will not disappoint.
The only reason I did not award this 5 stars was my slight disappointment with the rather conventional ending.
I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.
I remember being told once that no book was ever improved by a prologue. Faith proves this wrong, as she sets up a ‘cliff hanger’ which the reader spends the rest of the book hoping to resolve. I particularly liked the way two stories, of different culture (either of which could have carried the book alone), interchange and gradually merge in the melting pot of the Roman Empire.
The two heroines of Sword of the Gladiatrix are memorable and original, and Faith has achieved the difficult challenge of making me care even about the minor characters. The love scenes were handled sensitively and provide a counterpoint to the inevitable savagery of the gladiatorial arena. Highly recommended – and I’m hoping there is going to be a sequel, as I’m keen to know what happened next.
Two women from opposite ends of the Roman Empire end up as slaves of the same man; Afra from Kush and Cinnia from Britain. Their stories are similar in that they were warriors in their home countries until disaster befalls them and now they find themselves owned by a man who wants to use them as entertainment. In their common circumstance they find comfort, friendship and love.
It was truly interesting to visit this time period through the eyes of these characters. They are both strong, unique and well drawn. It’s great to have a book centering around female characters in Ancient times. Yes, it is also their love story but it is not overly graphic. I was fascinated to learn in the author’s note that female gladiators were a part of this time. The book is well researched and easy to read.
*I received a free copy for my honest review