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Song of the Red Cloak

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  44 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Two Spartan boys grow up together, and become inseparable friends. One is a prince of Sparta , destined to rule this ancient Greek state, the other a slave, or helot, who serves the young prince. In the harsh training camps, or agoges, where boys are groomed to become the great warriors of Spartan fame, their skills are honed and brutally tested. Only citizens may aspire t ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Createspace
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Chris Ledbetter
Jul 15, 2012 Chris Ledbetter rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chris by: Pam Vlieg
Shelves: favorite-reads
Simply splendid. Intricately woven plot lines. Deftly drawn characters. Hairpin turns and twists... and an ending that superbly satisfies, yet sets up the next installment. Acevedo's historical and cultural context and details really place the reader inside the story. Wonderful read.
Mar 14, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it
Original review posted here.

A prophecy has been told of one prince's betrayal of another, of a slave uprising and the destruction of Sparta, of love and death. The time has come to pass that these prophesies may be fulfilled.

Galen and Nikolas have grown up the best of friends, much to the concern of most of Sparta; Nikolas is a prince, destined to be king, while Galen is a helot--a slave--destined only to serve. Galen dreams of freedom, of being a true Spartan and wearing a red cloak, but he kno
Nov 06, 2011 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Full disclosure time: I know the author from a summer Fulbright seminar for teachers and I've kind of been in awe of her writing for awhile now. However, we don't always have the same taste in books (case in point, The Magicians). So when I read on Chantel's blog that she was self-publishing a YA book about Spartan Boys with Swords, I was underwhelmed. There are several things about this book that suggest it would not be for me: while I like YA fiction, I tend to prefer dystopias to magical tale ...more
Emma Bolden
Oct 28, 2011 Emma Bolden rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. Literally. I took it to the gym and the doctor's office. I walked around my house reading it. I made a terrible pot of coffee because I was reading while I set up the machine, and I read it through both cups of bad coffee. The bad coffee was totally worth it, though, because this book is SO GOOD. I finished it in a day and a half, and then proceeded to geek out over analyzing it in a way I haven't geeked out since I read the Harry Potter books. I also realized, in ...more
Heidi (yabibliophile)
Disclaimer: I typically don't read self published books. I don't have anything against them. I just have so many books to read and it can be so hit and miss. This one was a bit different. First, Rachel Hawkins (one of my favorite authors!) raved about this book on Twitter. That was enough to convince me to buy it. Then I read a post by the author on her decision to self publish. That is what convinced me to move the book up to the top of Mt. TBR :) Well, that and the fact that it takes place in ...more
It is fast-paced story from a third person view giving more space to explore its surroundings and weigh each character's personality well. 'Song of the Red Cloak' made an impression to me for pricking my anticipation of what's going to happen next, after that and the following events then it surprised me for its twists and turns on some of which I did never expect to happen.

The two boys---Galen and Prince Nikolas---are two different characters but their loyalty and friendship unites them showing
Michelle Hopf
Nov 09, 2011 Michelle Hopf rated it it was amazing
I am a new graduate student and GTA and I found myself staying up late to read this book. I lost sleep, but I found myself reenergized, rather than tired, because Chantel Acevedo creates a beautiful, vivid, action packed world. It's not only a great story, but it's beautifully written. Oh, and to echo the other reviews, educational! I grew up fascinated with the Greeks and with mythology, and this book did not disappoint (as some do). The history is woven in so seamlessly that it wasn't until I ...more
Feb 27, 2012 Mindi rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
A new series based in ancient Sparta, & the main character is a guy. THe writing was refreshingly fantastic, the story was fun & action packed, & there were minimal references to 300 (yay!). No coarse language or weird teenage sexual encounters, although there were weird english exclamations coming out of our spartans at odd moments. I mean, if you're sticking to the whole sibyl/greek gods/lamia mythology, why would you throw in a "bloody" & whatnot? All in all a good read. Histo ...more
Megan Carroll
Apr 12, 2012 Megan Carroll rated it really liked it
Song of the Red Cloak is a fantastic historical young adult novel!! Acevedo puts you in the world of ancient Sparta, but does not lose the teen angst of the young adult genre. This book is a well written young adult novel that has just the right mixture of historical content and teen turmoil.
Aug 13, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing
Really good book. Can't wait for the sequel!
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Chantel Acevedo holds an MFA from the University of Miami. Her novel, Love and Ghost Letters (St. Martin’s Press, 2005), won the Latino International Book Award for Best Historical Fiction, and was nominated for Connecticut Book of the Year. Her other novels include: A Falling Star (Carolina Wren Press, 2013), winner of the Doris Bakwin Award, Song the Red Cloak, a historical novel for young adult ...more
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