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Spartacus: Swords and Ashes (Spartacus)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Betrayed by the Romans. Forced into slavery. Reborn as a Gladiator.

The classic tale of the Republic's mostinfamous rebel comes alive in the graphic and visceral Starz tv show, Spartacus.Torn from his homeland and the woman he loves, Spartacus is condemned to the brutal world of the arenawhere blood and death are primetime entertainment. But not all battles are fought upon
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Titan Books
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Tracy (Cornerfolds)
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So I am a HUGE Spartacus fan. I'm rewatching it now for the third time and, let me tell you, I'm still pretty devastated that it's over. When I found out there were a couple novels that went along with the series, I was thrilled! The first one, Swords and Ashes, is set between episodes 1x07 and 1x08, and really went out of its way to explain a few things.

The book begins with Batiatus, Lucretia, Ilithyia, Spartacus, Varro, and Barca heading to the home
John Keegan

When I happened upon this first novel related to the "Spartacus" series running on Starz, I was taken aback. How exactly was a series known for its stylized visuals and narrative excess going to translate into a novel? It would be all too easy to tell a conventional, watered-down tale in the "Spartacus" universe, especially if the final product was meant to appeal to a more general audience. Yet, I was intrigued, and decided to give it a go.

I was pleasantly surprised. Not only is the dark and gr
E. Chainey (Bookowski)
Detaylı İnceleme İçin:

Evet, biliyoruz ki bazı efsaneler kanla yazılır...

M.Ö. 71 yılda Roma'dayız. Batiatus Hane'sinin en güçlü gladyatörü, Capua Şampiyonu Spartaküs ve diğer gladyatörler, köleleri tarafından vahşice öldürülen Pelorus Hane'sinin sahibi Pelorus'u onurlandırmak için yapılan arena gösterilerine giderler. Pek tabii ki Marcus Gaius Glaber'in eşi Ilithya da, Batiatus'un eşi Lucretia da bu macera da yerini alacaktır. Ama asıl oyun Pelorus öldükte
Vincent Darlage
This wasn't too bad. I wouldn't have named the antagonist Verres when one of the protagonists is named Varro, but that may just be me. A bit slow at the start, but it had a decent end, but on the whole in keeping with the series. And that may well be the problem with the book - because it takes place in the midst of the series (after Spartacus summoned the rain but just before Sura arrives), nothing can happen that changes the situation for any of the characters - they cannot leave the story any ...more
Hopefully this will be as good as the TV show
Wer auch nur die geringste historische Korrektheit sucht, ist hier noch mehr fehl am Platz, als bei der Serie, auf der der Roman basiert. Kenner der Blood and Sand-Reihe werden allerdings wohl nichts anderes erwarten, genau so wenig, wie ich es getan habe. Außerdem dürfe es ziemlich schwer sein, eine kleine Nebengeschichte, die zu der Zeit spielt, als Spartacus noch Gladiator des Ludus Batiatus war, und die nicht in der Serie gedeckt wurde, auf historischen Ereignissen basieren zu lassen.
Miguel Pulido
No sabía si sería posible trasladar una serie como Spartacus a la letra impresa, pero J.M.Clemens sale muy airoso de la situación, manteniendo el tono de la serie hasta el más mínimo ápice. Toda la violencia, sexo y lenguaje explícito de la televisión están plasmados en el libro, que se sitúa en la primera temporada y enlaza muy bien con los eventos de la misma. Perfectamente, podría ser un capítulo perdido. Recomendable si eres un fan de la serie.
I had mixed expectations going into this one as it is based on the series on Starz and takes place in the middle of Season One. I enjoy the series, but it is somewhat over-the-top, so how was that going to translate to the written word? Actually, that wasn't a problem and the stilted language actually helped me to visualize the characters as I could picture the actors saying their lines and at times it had me chuckling; I mean who doesn't enjoy using the occasional expletive, "Jupiter's Cock!"

Mark Stone
Uninspired writing and plot, fairly weak characterization, and tie-ins to the TV series that were all too convenient and predictable. The only reasons I give this three stars are the descriptions and gladiatorial action.
What an epic ride into a tale of Spartacus and the many eccentric characters we have come to know on Spartacus:Blood and Sand. This book is centred on the acquisition of the home of a dead lanista by Batiatus, Sparatacus' quest to get reacquainted with his wife Sura as wekl the politics among the many officers of Rome as well as their counterparts. I must say this book is full of intruige, bloodshed and insurmountable humor. I enjoyed it thoroughly from start to finish and love how it took on th ...more
Scott Williams
I wasn't expecting much from this but Clements has actually done a really good job of translating a very visual show into a novel. He is limited because this book takes place during season one but he manages to craft an interesting story that does add something to the saga. I also appreciated Clements' attention to detail with respect to Latin.
Es hat mir gut gefallen aber ich habe einbischen mehr erwartet, aber trotzdem gut :) Man sollte sich erst die 1 Staffel anschauen bevor man das Buch liest, weil das Buch spielt zwischen Episoden. Bin mir aber nicht sicher ob es zwischen 5 und 6 oder 6 und 7 spielt. :) Spartacus!! *.* ...more
Very good. I liked the part where Lucretia was checking on Crixus while the medicus was taking a break.
Mar 19, 2012 Tanja marked it as to-read
A book based on the TV show! I'll read this as soon as I can :D
Ali Devine
Perfect, if you love the series, you'll love this well written book
omgs it's really good ;p all the suspends and lots more????
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