A new historical fantasy from Russ Whitfield, set in an ancient world much like our Gladiatrix was Russ’s first novel, published in by Myrmidon Books. Read “Gladiatrix” by Russell Whitfield with Rakuten Kobo. The Ancient Roman public’s hunger for gladiatorial combat has never been greater. The Emperor. Love, lust, rage, loss, suffering, revenge. Gladiatrix is more than just the bloody life of a gladiator. It follows the life of a slave – with all the hurts.

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Jenn Sternshein this book is available on the site scribd but you have to have a membership. The book Gladiatrix was not what I expected it to be. Her pompous attitude gets to be quite wearisome as one tires of reading about how the Spartans are superior to everyone in every single way possible. Refresh and try again. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Vindolanda Vindolandabook 1 Adrian Goldsworthy.

Gladiatrix (Gladiatrix, #1) by Russell Whitfield

The only other rssell characters are Lysandra’s two love interests, making for a very flat tale. The book is impeccably researched, and brings forth refreshing realism. The Dacian being at the helm of rebel force against Trajanus though was pure irony and superb. I didn’t read it right away though, wanting to but savoring the anticipation, glad I did, it added to ehitfield strong emotional tilt a whirl I sent myself through! As a highly anticipated release ofit didn’t disappoint personally, I didn’t like the ending but we’ll get into that later.

The characters, while entertaining in their idiosyncrasies, are slightly two-dimensional and at times, inconsistent. Other bits like Balbus, no mention of thoughts being in the country etc etc were brought up and then he suddenly ups and leaves -everything- seemed abrupt.


My biggest gripe with this book was the ending. I found the book to be poorly written, the author told the reader what was happening rather than showed through dialogue and action. Well, I know why but it detracts from the story. Also returning is Lysandra’s spiritual guide in Telemachus, as well as a number of new gladiators and gladiatricies, and Lysandra’s equally as arrogant Spartan countryman, the gladiator Kleandrias who becomes her trainer.

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. Oh my gosh I love these books and can’t get enough!

Lysandra, in particular, can entertain nothing beyond obvious black or white outcomes, and her repeated ad nauseam statements of obvious superiority due to her Spartan heritage get quite tiresome, though the author pokes fun at her for this towards the end of the book. But back wwhitfield the subject.

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You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. The main character’s way of answering everything with a quote involving the word Spartan or Sparta seemed rather unbelievably single-minded, as well as somewhat annoying after a while.

It is a well written book and you get drawn into ancient Rome. There’s enough nudity for it to be rated NC17, leaves you wondering if a movie or tv series is in the works for this one, it’ll be worthwhile. I am still at a loss as to what to say. I enjoyed it very much. This enmity is not-only fueled by the hostility of the non-Mediterranean peoples towards the Hellenes and Romans. Born in the Borderlands Strategos 1.


There is hardly any plot in the story. The author has created a very entertaining tale, one that grabs you on page one and doesn’t let go. Pieces of the story are a little melodramatic for my tastes – specifically some of the early tussell between the gladiatricies within their ludus.

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I don’t have a problem with lesbians, but it just seems to me that the author is trying to say that women can’t be strong without being lesbians. The author has spun a good yarn, but the novel does not have the nuance of greater works. It provides her with motivation, pride, a religious foundation, and an emotional wall of protection. Sure, it is likely that some of the women would be lesbian or bi. We appreciate your feedback.

But if you think it’s dumbed down for women readers then you deceive yourself. Because of her history, she is already a great fighter, very knowledgeable, and therefore absurdly arrogant. Phrases like “spun about”, page 4, could’ve been better. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. When she receives a summons from Rome to fight t This is the sequel to Gladiatrix, a book I absolutely loved.