Birth of a Warriorby Michael Ford
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Lysander thought he left his roots as a Helot slave far behind when he discovered his true identity as the descendant of a Spartan warrior. His training at the academy has been ruthless, but now he must face his toughest challenge yet: being sent to the mountains with two other boys to prove they can survive the harsh conditions on nothing but their Spartan strength and wits. Facing starvation, wild animals, and the elements, Lysander discovers that his real enemy is in fact one of the other boys, who's bent on sabotaging him. And when war with Persia threatens, Lysander must decide where his allegiance truly lies. This sweeping, dramatic adventure story is an exciting follow-up to The Fire of Ares, and its action and intrigue will not disappoint.
Despite his victory at the annual Festival Games, Lysander struggles as the responsibilities of his Spartan heritage come into conflict with his old life as a Helot villager. Forced to prove his loyalty to Sparta by inflicting a deadly beating on his best friend, he is determined to keep his strong connection to his mother's people a secret. As he fights with the challenges of being a child of parents with different backgrounds, he isn't quite sure of how to prove his worthiness to his father's family while holding on to his old friends from his mother's village. In this sequel to The Fire of Ares (Walker, 2008), Ford continues the story of a son's brave attempt to embrace his father's warrior culture. From the brutal beatings to the life-threatening training at the hands of the cruel leaders of their Spartan academy, Lysander must use a combination of cunning and wit to overcome the many enemies who surround him. When he joins the battle with his father's people in a war against a mighty Persian army, readers are taken on an exciting journey through this young man's coming-of-age. Packed with action and adventure from start to finish, this story is designed to appeal to a wide range of middle-graders, who will surely look forward to another installment of this exciting tale set in ancient Greece.-Caryl Soriano, New York Public Library
Meet the Author
Michael Ford studied English and Classics at Oxford University, before a stint teaching English in Greece. He worked in children's nonfiction publishing for several years then became an editor of adult fiction in West London. Spartan is his first children's novel.
MICHAEL FORD read English and Classics at Oxford University, before a stint teaching English in Greece. He worked in children's non-fiction publishing for several years before becoming an editor of adult fiction in West London.
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This is the second book in the series and now Lysander is still learning the way of the Spartan. But now his initiation is almost over and he is going to do the mountain challenge. There he will be with Dermotos and both of them will have to work together to survive it. But while they were doing the challenge they notice Persian ships about to attack Sparta. So Lysander and Dermotos must be ready to fight the Persians and defend Sparta.
This book is a great follow up to the first, Fire of Ares. It goes even more in depth into the Agoge and tells you about the training techniques used by Spartans. It also goes into the specific battle tactics and fighting styles used by the Spartans. This book was extremely interesting as you follow Lysander into the woods for his final test before he becomes a Spartan warrior. If you have read the first book, this is an absolute must read.