Spartan Quest Birth of a Warrior Hardcover – Dec 16 2008
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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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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 It was a brutal world, but Lysander strove to ensure that the Spartan code-of-honor superseded all else in Laconian society.
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.