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Spartan Quest Birth of a Warrior Hardcover – Dec 16 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Press (Dec 16 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802797946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802797940
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.6 x 20.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #852,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A fast paced, gripping novel ... Historical detail is here in plenty and feels very authentic, but the telling also abounds with the lyrical quality of myth and legend' The School Librarian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About 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. Michael lives in London, England.

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I have two boys - 10 and 13 - the older one has some trouble with language based learning and hates to read, but he has devoured this series. Great story for boys.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c1c4e70) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
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HASH(0x9b276f18) out of 5 stars Great Book for Boys! June 21 2009
By NM Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My 10.5-year-old son loved this book! He is a VERY reluctant reader. He finished the 1st book in this series, Fire of Ares, in two days! We waited patiently for this book to come out, and pre-ordered it. He read it in even less time! Now the 3rd book is out, and I just ordered it for him. I am always looking for books that my son will be interested in. He has always been interested in ancient warriors, such as Vikings, Knights, Pirates ... and now Gladiators! He told me that in this book, the main character, a young Spartan slave, probably between the ages of 11 and 15, loses his grandfather and mother. Now he is all alone. My son is very sensitive, and is pretty upset about the deaths. We will see what happens to him in the next book. I highly recommend this book/series for boys.
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HASH(0x9b437eb8) out of 5 stars Kinda bloody Jan. 27 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
l know that people may hate me for my 4 star reveiw, and l think that Ford's skills in keeping the audience entertained have improved, but l still had a very serious problem. The violence. lt was pretty bloody during the battle, and a little disturbing. That kinda took a toll on the whole book. :\ Sorry.
HASH(0x9b2e5da4) out of 5 stars Lysander in the agoge Oct. 8 2012
By D. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a sequel to The Fire of Ares: Spartan Quest, Book II in the trilogy recounts a fictionalized account of the Spartan admiral, Lysander. Lysander enters the Spartan training regimen known as the agoge (literal translation = "public education"). Lysander has very few friends & a great many enemies who do not see him as a equal due to his Helot blood. Worst of all, he lives in the barracks amongst his enemies, so there is no place to hide.

Book II takes us into the perspective of a young man whose entire identity has been shattered by the revelation that, instead of being a slave (Helot) he is, in fact, 1/2 Spartan from his father's side. An amulet given to him by his mother known as THE FIRE OF ARES gives him a hint as to his true heritage as well as his ultimate destiny. Being a mothax, however, means that proving himself to be a Spartan warrior will be even tougher than a run-of-the-mill Spartan boy who possesses pure Lacedaemon bloodlines.

This is a great read for people who have a curiousity about the ancient Spartans and how they viewed themselves as well as the rest of the outside world. It was a brutal world, but Lysander strove to ensure that the Spartan code-of-honor superseded all else in Laconian society.
HASH(0x9b4e1b1c) out of 5 stars Transports You Back to 510BC Sept. 16 2011
By Sir Furboy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The second of Michael Ford's series following Lysander in the Sparta of 510 BC. This is a fast moving and engaging novel that picks up nicely from where "The Fire of Ares" left off, developing the characters and seeing Lysander grow from boyhood to take his place amongst the Spartan warriors.

There is some wonderful conflict as Lysander starts to find friendship in unexpected places. Plenty of historical detail too, that will transport the reader back in time to the glory days of Sparta.

As an adult I very much enjoyed this book, but it will also be ideal for younger readers from about 9+ being fast paced, action packed and with good characters that you can really identify with.
HASH(0x9b5038f4) out of 5 stars It's beautiful in every single way words can't describe it Oct. 28 2012
By Hunter Zwerdling - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Lol like my title if u no wat song I was using to make it and it a perfect title words can't describe it and it truly is beautiful in every single way great for kids 8-16 only 8 cuz it does have battle screens with stabing and jabbing of swords and spers threw people and faces I don't no about 16 I'm not 16 yet


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