Gladius and the Bartlett Trial

Gladius and the Bartlett Trial

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by J A Paul

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When fifteen year-old Gladius Oldmont is thrust from his peaceful home into the dangerous Longwood Forest he finds himself pitted against a tyrant who has been terrorizing the lands in search of answers to an ancient secret that could unlock absolute power.

From the shadows of Longwood Forest to the Hills of the Moon, Gladius must survive encounters with a near

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When fifteen year-old Gladius Oldmont is thrust from his peaceful home into the dangerous Longwood Forest he finds himself pitted against a tyrant who has been terrorizing the lands in search of answers to an ancient secret that could unlock absolute power.

From the shadows of Longwood Forest to the Hills of the Moon, Gladius must survive encounters with a near extinct scimitar cat, an ornery dragon, a horde of death bats and a tumultuous underground river which leads to a subterranean labyrinth of tunnels. Along the way, he makes new acquaintances and discovers the true meaning of friendship, including Elle - a girl who captivates his heart.

Can Gladius and friends solve the riddle of the ancient secret before the evil Mulhurt does? If they can, will they be able to do anything about it?

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Gladius and the Bartlett Trial 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
livelife More than 1 year ago
Gladius and the Bartlett Trial is a story about so many things and mainly it's a quest for our main characters. You find yourself holding your breath when things go wrong and smiling at the silly humor throughout. It is captivating and such a fun read for the entire family. It's the type of story different people will like for different reasons, there are so many rich elements that make it timeless and addicting. Gladius is brilliant, at 15 he goes on an adventure during his Bartlett trial to help a man he just met reclaim his home and home to many others. It makes you wonder, could you have the heart and compassion he does? He takes on this challenge like a true hero. J.A. Paul made Gladius' character capable of being so dimensional. He comes from this peaceful place where he lives under his remarkable brothers shadow and he blooms into this full on leader. It was so interesting to read a book from a boys perspective, not that I haven't before but every time it's so refreshing when so many young adult books are written from a girls perspective. Sometimes I think I spend so much time reading about tough and strong girls that I forget, boys are pretty spectacular too, Gladius is pretty spectacular. Upper elementary and middle grade boys will definitely love this heroic tale. A lot happens in this story, Gladius, Flint, Elle, and everyone they meet on the way hold their own and are excellent well developed characters! I've already recommended it to some of the older students and they are pretty excited to read it! There is adventure, some magic, nonstop action, and more found in this journey that people of all ages will enjoy! I liked this book and know you guys will too!
Shana_SizzingReads More than 1 year ago
5/5 STARS! This was an awesome action packed fantasy! The whole time I read this I kept thinking how cool of a movie it would make. J.A. Paul has done a fantastic job at placing the reader in the story. I felt like I was dropped right beside Gladius on the first page and experienced everything with him. Everything was so visually stimulating I can still see it in my head. Scimitar's, Dragons, tyrannically controlled bats, non-stop adventure - what's not to like? When Flint described his homeland of Lake Gygax I could see it all. I wish I could draw, because this book gives you a lot of ammo. That scene with VaporRot alone was awesome! Gladius was a wonderful lead, with his loyalty and eagerness to help. Grommet usually popped up out of nowhere, and I welcomed his visits every time. I'd kill for an eagle who could talk and play tricks. Flint was also a wonderful addition with his knowledge of Longwood Forest and his desire to free his people of Mulhurt's evil rule. Elle was strong and capable, and I loved how she could keep up with the boys. Something else I loved was how clean this book was, without any bad language and unnecessary violence. J.A. Paul wrote a magnificent adventure that would appeal to young readers without losing any of his integrity and the appeal some authors forfeit in order to reach older audiences. Here's a quote from the authors bio that I wanted to share because I admire his desire to get more young males to read: "I set out to show my sons that if you put your mind to something, it can be done. Once I started writing the Gladius series, I knew I wanted to create a fantasy adventure novel that would encourage preteen and teenage boys to read more and since then I have been on a mini crusade to do just that." We need more authors like this out there! Middle-grade boys, teen boys, girls, and even adults of all ages will devour this, adventure lovers will eat this up, and fantasy fanatics will annihilate this fantastic debut by J.A. Paul. I will absolutely recommend this.
ToReadPerchancetoDream More than 1 year ago
Gladius and the Bartlett Trial is a fun and engaging story that kids, teenagers, and adults will love. It's full of action right from the get-go and hardly lets you take a breath. That's a good thing, especially for kids who may tend to get bored quickly with reading, this book should keep them entranced. The characters are intriguing. Gladius is a wonderful young hero that grows in maturity as the story progresses. Elle is the strong female there to keep him in line with her witty repartee. I absolutely loved the death bats! They talk and acted just like the stereotypical mob gangster; it was hysterical! This book is a great adventure The world J.A. Paul has invented is ripe for many more stories, and they will be forthcoming. So, grab a copy of Gladius and the Bartlett Trial and get started! *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've just finished the most enjoyable and captivating adventure I've read in a long time. J.A. Paul has crafted a story of daring deeds, loyal friends, evil villains-and a pretty girl. Add Paul's magical imagination and you have a tale that entertains even as it inspires. If the author set out to write a young man's perfect escape from a boring summer trip, he's hit his mark. Excellent! ~ Michael G.
BGHB More than 1 year ago
Gladius will appeal to all ages -- anyone who can read, who enjoys mystery, suspense, adventure and action, will find this book hard to put down! Appeals to both young boys and girls, no sex, no profanity...perfect for everyone! Can't wait to read the next novel by J.A. Paul.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Gladius is 15 and ready to take his Bartlett Trial, he will be spending one month in the Longwood Forest. His father and brother have huge adventure stories from their Bartlett Trial so Gladius is going to try and out do their stories. He also wants to win some money to help pay the taxes on the farm. As Gladius starts he adventures, he runs into several different creatures, meets some great friends, and decides if he is going to help fight the people fight the tyrant Mulhurt who is intent on taking over all the lands. I love when you can get wrapped up in stories about finding your own place in the world. Gladius is a wonderful, brave character. He goes on this adventure and it seems he just keeps finding people and different creatures. He seems to be collecting more and more people to take care of but in the end it helps him with his trial. This is a great book for older kids to adults. Since it is the first book in a series I admit that I can’t wait to get into book two, Gladius and the Sea of Lost Souls. I received this book ages ago from the Library Thing Early Reader Program in exchange for an honest review.
LJCapehart More than 1 year ago
I loved it! This is a fun adventure, told well. The characters are well developed, I think, and the descriptions are good. During the climactic scene near the end, I felt almost as if I was there. The ending itself was quite satisfying for me, and I enjoyed the whole thing very much. I fully intend to read book two of Gladius' adventures, wanting to continue the fun! I was given a copy of this in exchange for my honest review.
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! I loved this book “Gladius and the Bartlett Trials”. I’m a big fan of this genre and have read many books in it. While some parts felt a little familiar, even predictable, J.A. Paul delivers a fresh story with a voice all his own, complete with original creatures and unusual characters which is RARE for a fantasy book. It’s ALL been done, it seems! So I did appreciate the imaginative world-building that Paul implemented and the continuous action that kept us from being bored even for a minute. The names are fun, and this is one of those rare books that is geared toward a young audience (probably middle grade boys), but me, a woman in her thirties really enjoyed it. But I’ll be recommending it to my sister for her teens to read next. Recommend for those who enjoy a fun, clean fantasy adventure with good writing and unexpected humor.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars... After reading “Gladius and the Bartlett Trials” by J. A. Paul, I am of mixed feelings, and at odds. Part of me really, really loved this book… the energy, the dialogue, the characters, the pacing…. Many very positive elements here. But as I read it, for some reason I didn’t feel as fully caught up in the tension as I thought I should be. I never truly felt that everything wouldn’t be “just fine in the end” and that our hero wouldn’t ultimately prevail, if this makes sense. Basically it felt too ‘safe’. The odds never feel insurmountable and the solutions and help seem a bit too predictable and convenient. On that note, this perhaps could just be my take as an older reader, and younger readers may not at all be bothered by it, or even notice. It does have plenty of action and fantasy to entertain even the most disinterested younger readers. Oh and there are dragons. Bonus points :-)
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
I read almost the whole book in one night… it was that good! Right away we are pulled into the action and meet Gladius as he is set to embark on the “Bartlett Trials”, a month long test for all Wiggins when they are 15 to see if they are to be accepted into adulthood in their village. We are introduced to this creative and unexpected fantasy world with very memorable and original creatures and people. I feel like I could definitely see this being made into a movie…I felt like I was watching one as I read and became invested in Gladuis and the others’ fates. J.A. Paul is a talented writer and he has a knack for storytelling. I see really great things in his future if he continues and I’m eager to read the next in the series. I really liked the ending and there was a good sense of resolution. But would like to see more!
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
What an absolutely delightful read! I admit I’m always a tad wary when reading books geared toward a younger audience as there are few that really crossover well for all ages to enjoy. But when it works, it works very well such as with Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Hunger Games, and even Dark Materials to an extent. Books about the transformations of youths done in a creative and inventive way that speaks to many truths of life that all ages can fully appreciate. I do stop shy of placing this novel “Gladius and the Bartlett Trial” among those ranks of those listed above…. But honestly, not by too much. The writing was tight and vivid, the plot focused and the pacing fantastic. I truly didn’t want to put it down and felt like I was really in Gladius’s shoes and experiencing the story as if I were a part of it instead of just merely watching as an observer. I’ll happily read more from this author in the future and recommend this to almost all ages (probably 10 and up). Happy to see this series will be continuing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The_Paperback_Pursuer More than 1 year ago
Description: Gladius and the Bartlet Trial is the tale of fifteen year old Gladius Oldmont's epic adventure into adulthood. The Bartlett Trial is a journey that all Wiggins must complete at the age of fifteen in order to be considered an adult. So Gladius, filled with his father's stories, believes he is ready to journey into the Longwood Forest and become a legend in his 17th century village and beyond. Besides the usual stresses of the trial, Gladius is also being relied on to win prize money so that his family can keep their farm, and he always lends a helping hand to those he meets along the way - taking on a lot of extra responsibilities. But somehow, he manages to keep up a steady pace and face every obstacle, (scimitar cats, death bats, dragons, etc.), with bravery, intelligence, and the survival skills he's been taught since childhood. He even manages to make friends along the way, including Elle, a beautiful girl. Unfortunately, he also runs into Mulhurt, an evil tyrant, who terrorizes all the surrounding lands in search of an ancient absolute power. Now he must decide whether to continue his trial, or join forces against Mulhurt and save everything he cares about. Can he find the ancient power before Mulhurt does, and prevent the destruction of his home? Review: For a first time author, J. A. Paul definitely knows how to craft an epic story-line, as well as fully developed characters and dialogue richly detailed in "story-teller" fashion. Even me, a college-aged woman, enjoyed the fast-paced and fantastical realm created by the author, so I know middle schoolers and older grades will be excited and entertained by this read; especially since I have already been begged by two cousins and a nephew, (ages 11, 13, and 15), to lend out this book. Not only is it a great book for kids, but I believe that it is a great opportunity for parents to read with their kids and get involved. There is so much to learn from this book, including survival skills and life lessons, that I think kids would be really interested in; I know I was! I hear that this is the first in a trilogy, so I can't wait for the next installment, and I will be passing my copy along to a few kids who I know will love it. I could see this becoming some sort of anime or graphic novel, and I will keep an eye out for any other books by J. A. Paul; another book to review coming soon, I hope? I recommend this action-packed adventure to kids 9 and up! Rating: On the Run (4.5/5) *** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Christine_M_Butler More than 1 year ago
I love reviewing all different kinds of books, and while I loose myself in them, I have to say I also enjoy getting to know some of the authors who contribute to those pages. I had the pleasure of corresponding back and forth a bit with J.A. Paul before I ever read his book. I liked him right from the start and had a feeling his writing style would be just as engaging. He did not disappoint me! Gladius and the Bartlet Trial is the perfect story for middle school aged children through adults who are yearning for a new adventure. The Bartlet Trial is a test of a young Wiggin's ability to survive one full lunar cycle in the dangerous Longwood Forest. The main character, Gladius, sets out on his very first adventure through the forest and, after having been regaled with his father's and brothers' adventures over the years, he sets out with some pretty large shoes to fill. Beyond having to bring home tales of bigger and better adventures, Gladius is also counted on to bring home prize money for his trial that will pay the taxes to help his family keep their farm. Along the way the 15 year old Gladius runs into some pretty strange and dangerous creatures. He also makes some new friends and joins in aiding them against the evil tyrant, Mulhurt. Gladius and the Bartlet Trial was as charming as it was captivating. As a parent I would have no problem with my nine year old advanced reader picking this book up, which he has already asked to do. I feel I must add here that both of my boys (ages 9 and 12) do tend to judge books by their covers first and they have both ogled the cover in my Kindle selection window and begged to be the first to read it. I believe the exact words were: "Ohhh, that one looks cool, I got dibs!" Luckily for them, there's more to this book than the cover - much more! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. It was perfectly paced, extremely well written, and had absolutely no bad language in it at all. As a parent to avid readers I can't ask much more than that. I simply can't wait to read more from J.A. Paul!
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Dan_Waltz More than 1 year ago
When I was first approached to do the cover art for Gladius and the Bartlett Trial, I was a sent a synopsis that got my attention and wanted to read more. I started reading the full story to get ideas for the cover and I literally couldn't put the story down. I normally don't read books straight through, but this one I did. It had me captivated at the beginning, middle and all the way to the end. This is a great fantasy tale geared towards the youth, but enjoyable for all ages. I'm very proud to have taken part in such a well-written story and look forward to reading all of J.A. Paul's future works. Very nice writing style Mr. Paul. It was truly a pleasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago