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Sword of the Gladiatrix by [Faith L. Justice]
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Two women. Two swords. One victor.
An action-packed tale that exposes the brutal underside of Imperial Rome, "Sword of the Gladiatrix" brings to life unforgettable characters and exotic settings. From the far edges of the Empire, two women come to battle on the hot sands of the arena in Nero's Rome: Afra, scout and beast master to the Queen of Kush; and Cinnia, warrior-bard and companion to Queen Boudica of the British Iceni. Enslaved, forced to fight for their lives and the Romans' pleasure; they seek to replace lost friendship, love, and family in each other's arms. But the Roman arena offers only two futures: the Gate of Life for the victors or the Gate of Death for the losers.

About the Author

FAITH L. JUSTICE is a science geek and history junkie, which is reflected in her writing. Her short stories and poems have appeared in such publications as "The Copperfield Review", "Beyond Science Fiction and Fantasy", and the "Circles in the Hair" anthology. Faith has published in such venues as "Salon.com", "Writer’s Digest", "The Writer", and "Bygone Days". She’s an Associate Editor for "Space & Time Magazine", a frequent contributor to "Strange Horizons", and co-founded a writer’s workshop more years ago than she cares to admit. To contact Faith, read her essays and interviews, or get a sneak preview of her historical novels, visit her website at faithljustice.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1152 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Raggedy Moon Books; 1 edition (April 27 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WTCSPN6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #481,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A lot of research went into this book and it shows. While a few things were exaggerated for storytelling purposes, it felt mostly authentic. You can't help but feel bad about the main characters situations at time and root for them. The book was not exactly what I was expecting and not as simple as the description states, but to go further would land into spoilers territory.

Overall, I can't say that the book wow-ed me, but it was a good read.
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I was sent this book by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.

An amazing and totally original and unique novel. Such a strong range of female characters are depicted, courageous, brave, cunning, deadly, deceitful a complete gambit of credible and totally believable women.

Ms Justice has certainly done her research and this is evident in this convincing tale. Countries are travelled, religions explained, rituals rationalized all this while a relationship between two dominant females unfolds.

For me this novel was a learning experience in conjunction with a sensational story line. If you are looking for a novel to pique your historic interest while keeping you transfixed with an audacious narrative then this book will not disappoint.

The only reason I did not award this 5 stars was my slight disappointment with the rather conventional ending.
I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.
~Chris
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa223bec4) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3430f78) out of 5 stars I really enjoyed it. June 4 2015
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This is a great novel. I'm not sure what else to say.

Regarding the setting, first I'm not intimately familiar with the historical period concerned. That said, nothing rang false, and it certainly seems meticulously researched. She did a lot to bring the time period alive.

Regarding the characters, there's such a rich cast, and they are so diverse. Almost all the characters that come to mind (and all of the ones that stand out) are female, and have a range of personalities and characteristics.

On the emotional journey of the characters, well, I found the book to be a bit of a roller coaster. There are highs and lows throughout the story. I really enjoyed some parts, and other parts left me angry, or sad, or worried for the characters.

The action sequences were well done, and some of them were quite awesome. I particularly enjoyed the arena sequence with the cheetah's. And the opening/ending scene. I suppose its natural that those would stand out.

Overall, I loved it and would recommend it to practically anyone.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1efb7bc) out of 5 stars An amazing and totally original and unique novel May 30 2015
By InkedRainbowReads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
FourStars
I was sent this book by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.

An amazing and totally original and unique novel. Such a strong range of female characters are depicted, courageous, brave, cunning, deadly, deceitful a complete gambit of credible and totally believable women.

Ms Justice has certainly done her research and this is evident in this convincing tale. Countries are travelled, religions explained, rituals rationalized all this while a relationship between two dominant females unfolds.

For me this novel was a learning experience in conjunction with a sensational story line. If you are looking for a novel to pique your historic interest while keeping you transfixed with an audacious narrative then this book will not disappoint.

The only reason I did not award this 5 stars was my slight disappointment with the rather conventional ending.
I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.
~Chris
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1feae34) out of 5 stars Memorable and original Aug. 25 2015
By Tony - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Faith L Justice has a deep fascination with the world of ancient Rome and her passion for this lost era shines through in her new novel, Sword of the Gladiatrix. Like most readers, I came to the book with mixed expectations, wondering if it was going to be a cross between Spartacus and Xena, Warrior Princess. Right from the start, however, I was gripped by Faith’s great writing style – and hardly put it down until I reached the end.

I remember being told once that no book was ever improved by a prologue. Faith proves this wrong, as she sets up a ‘cliff hanger’ which the reader spends the rest of the book hoping to resolve. I particularly liked the way two stories, of different culture (either of which could have carried the book alone), interchange and gradually merge in the melting pot of the Roman Empire.

The two heroines of Sword of the Gladiatrix are memorable and original, and Faith has achieved the difficult challenge of making me care even about the minor characters. The love scenes were handled sensitively and provide a counterpoint to the inevitable savagery of the gladiatorial arena. Highly recommended – and I’m hoping there is going to be a sequel, as I’m keen to know what happened next.
HASH(0xa201a87c) out of 5 stars Sword of the Gladiatrix July 9 2015
By P. Woodland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love stories that take place in Ancient Rome. This is a little bit later in Rome’s history than I usually read but it was still fascinating to look at the period through different eyes; those of female gladiators. Apparently there were indeed such fighters as Rome fell into its decline. As the Emperors looked for more exotic entertainments for the arena.

Two women from opposite ends of the Roman Empire end up as slaves of the same man; Afra from Kush and Cinnia from Britain. Their stories are similar in that they were warriors in their home countries until disaster befalls them and now they find themselves owned by a man who wants to use them as entertainment. In their common circumstance they find comfort, friendship and love.

It was truly interesting to visit this time period through the eyes of these characters. They are both strong, unique and well drawn. It’s great to have a book centering around female characters in Ancient times. Yes, it is also their love story but it is not overly graphic. I was fascinated to learn in the author’s note that female gladiators were a part of this time. The book is well researched and easy to read.

*I received a free copy for my honest review
HASH(0xa2e9f30c) out of 5 stars Excellent account of the brutal world of the gladiatrix April 1 2016
By Kindle Customer RWM - Published on Amazon.com
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Faith Justice created one of the better novels on gladiatrixes since Russell Whitfield's series. Well developed characters eventually come to full life as we follow them from their beginnings to the ultimate finale, fighting in the arena, Based on true accounts culled from several sources Faith Justice compiles that into one storyline. Afra and Cinnia are the main characters who find each other and develop a bond that becomes sensual. The only good thing to happen to them in this brutal world, The description of the gladiatrixes training and eventual rise to the arena is extremely graphic and gives a new view that the reader can appreciate other than historical data. I look forward to her next book.