by Russell Whitfield
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Gladiatrix by Russell Whitfield

The Ancient Roman public's hunger for gladiatorial combat has never been greater. The Emperor Domitian's passion for novelty and variety in the arena has given rise to a very different kind of warrior: the Gladiatrix.

Sole survivor of a shipwreck off the coast of Asia Minor, Lysandra finds herself the property of Lucius Balbus, owner of the foremost Ludus for female gladiators in the Eastern Empire. Lysandra, a member of an ancient Spartan sect of warrior priestesses, refuses to accept her new status as a slave. Forced to fight for survival, her deadly combat skills win the adoration of the crowds, the respect of Balbus.

But Lysandra's Spartan pride also earns her powerful enemies: Sorina, Gladiatrix Prima and leader of the Barbarian faction, and the sadistic Numidian trainer, Nastasen. When plans are laid for the ultimate combat spectacle to honor the visit of the emperor's powerful new emissary, Lysandra must face her greatest and deadliest trial.

This is a thrilling first novel that combines fascinating historical detail with blistering action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429967013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/14/2009
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 423,581
File size: 398 KB

About the Author

RUSSELL WHITFIELD's lifelong interest in Ancient Greece and Rome inspired him to write his first novel, Gladiatrix. He lives in England.

Russell Whitfield's lifelong interest in Ancient Greece and Rome inspired him to write his first novel, Gladiatrix. He lives in England.

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Gladiatrix 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Gladiatrix Russell Whitfield St. Martin's, Apr 14 2009, $14.95 ISBN: 9780312534882 In the first century, those opposing the ever expanding Roman Empire are either killed or brought into the arena to serve as gladiators. The spectacle does not care about gender as female gladiators are a welcomed sight. Nineteen year old Athena priestess Lysandra of Sparta is taken prisoner after a shipwreck. She is sent to combat school to learn to fight in the arena. She soon enters the combat zone owned by slaver Lucius Balbus and proves capable winning her battles. Her goal and that of her lover Secunda Eirianwen are to win their freedom. Whereas he battles a foe in a war to the death she enters mortal combat with an equally lethal adversary. This is an intriguing action-packed ancient Rome thriller that puts a gender bender spin to classic movies like Spartacus and Gladiator. The story line is action-packed from the opening sequence when the tall thin Lysandra defeats her short stocky barbaric opponent and never slows down. Readers will have mixed feelings towards her as at times we will root for her and in other times incidents are against her. Although a lack of a sense of being in the first century Roman Empire (minimal background information to anchor time and place) detracts from the interesting "sports" fiction, Russell Whitfield provides the audience with an exciting tale of survival in the arena. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!! It kept me wanting more and as much as I couldnt wait to read to the end, I was sad when it was over. So excited to read the next book. This story would make an awesome movie.
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RomanticaFan More than 1 year ago
This book kept me riveted and turning pages. It was like the Starz series Spartacus, only better. I loved the descriptive combat scenes, the well crafted characters and the story of proud, Spartan Lysandra. I read Roma Victrix immediately afterward and loved it as well. These two books are keepers on my shelf. I just hope Mr. Whitfield is planning another book in this series. Oh, and Starz, take note! This would make a fantastic premier channel series.
Shanan Ferreira More than 1 year ago
Will the second come out for the nook?
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ElizabethKB More than 1 year ago
The beginning seemed great, I read straight on through while even opting out of a chance to watch one of my favorite TV shows (i dont watch much TV) with my family. It has strong, likable characters and a great plot. This book is very original and while reading i could almost taste the sand of the arena, smell the metallic blood, it was all very promising and I'm sure its a great read the whole way through. My only problem with the book was more of a personal issue than anything else, i just felt uncomfortable reading a female on female sex scene and put the book down as it seemed thats where it was heading. I have no problems with lesbian and bisexual people, I just couldn't read it myself as thats not my orientation. Overall im sure the whole book is amazing, just a matter of preference.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you can get get your hands on this book, do it! It was a great read!
acetabo More than 1 year ago
I wasnt sure how i was going to like this book because i didnt really know anything about gladiators or anything back then, but i was surprised at how easy the writing style was to read. everything made sense, the characters drew me in and i found myself unable to put the book down. Everything about the book was amazing and i would DEFINITELY recommend it to others.
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JennyJC More than 1 year ago
I didn't know anything about this book when I picked it up and I found out it was really different. A nice change. It started out really strong and stayed that way until the point I put it down. I really liked it at the begining, because it was something different and I had never read anything about gladiators. Lysandra is a strong character that kept you wanting more. I had to stop, because I couldn't take reading a description about two females having a hot steamy scene. Don't get me wrong, my daughter is a lesbian, but I had a problem getting past the love scenes.