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Sword of the Gladiatrix

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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
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published April 27th 2015 by Raggedy Moon Books
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Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 s
Tony Riches
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 p
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May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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 domin
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Absolutely fantastic. I cared about these women and what happened to them. The ending felt short, but definitely sweet - and it was left open enough that I could imagine an even better ending for the pair.

Author Faith L. Justice is one of those small-press authors that I can't understand why more people don't know about, or why they haven't gotten picked up by a larger press. She clearly knows what she's doing when it comes to writing fiction, and her books are amazingly well researched. This i
Marie Parsons
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a well researched story, centered on two female gladiators of Rome-Cinnia from Britannia, Amani or Afra, from Kush.

Their stories leading to the arena are told in separate parallel, each richly depicting their respective culture, and the meeting of both cultures with the might of Emperor Nero's Rome.

The world-building is finely detailed, with prayers to gods such as Cernunnos in Britannia, or Isis in Kush. Boudicca's revolt against Rome forms part of Cinna's story-Cinna, captured by Roma
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5/5, rounded up to 4 because Lesbian Gladiators.

I think the author’s love for history shines through in this book; it’s clearly well researched and well situated in its historical context. I liked both of he main two characters; I think they both had a lovely mix of toughness and tenderness.

I think that the author struggled with some of the dramatic tension and pacing that would have really set this book ahead. The first half is rather slow, and then the events of the second half move a litt
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Re-read for audio book edition in August 2020.
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
(I received this book free in exchange for an honest review, as part of this book's blog tour.)

It must be a difficult thing to write historical fiction set in certain periods of time, like the age of the Roman Empire. It was a brutal age, and no one was immune to that. Yet as an author, you’re writing for a modern audience with modern sensibilities who will only forgive so much in the characters they are reading about and supposed to care for. It must be hard to find that right balance, which wa
Tara Chevrestt
Having read and enjoyed Russell Whitfield's Gladiatrix, I was pretty excited to give this a go. You can't have too much of a good thing, and women fighting each other in Roman times makes a very exciting story. Throw a conflict such as two women who love each other being forced to fight each other and it's doubly interesting.

But at the same time having read a similar twist before, it made this book a tad predictable. On top of that, the heroines do not actually becomes gladiatrixes until about 6
Molly Lolly
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Original review on Molly Lolly
Three and a half stars!
This story was absolutely fascinating. I really enjoyed Afra and Cinnia. They were wonderful characters you truly get to know through the story. You connect with them and want them to make it through everything thrown their way. The adventures they go through were very well described. There were times you’re kept on the edge of your seat wondering if they’re going to make it out alive, let alone together. The pacing, however was slow from time
Christine Close
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Four stars: f/f historical

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 be
3,5 stars

I’ve never read anything about female gladiators so that was new. I’ve never been huge fan of Romans and this didn’t make me like them more… Afra comes from Kush and Cinnia is a Celt from Britain so we get a look to two very different cultures.

I wish there would have been more fighting scenes. We see how Afra and Cinnia becomes slaves, we follow their lives in slavery but the actual gladiator stuff is pretty small part of the story. They were both likeable but I think they fell in love
This is a very good book, historically accurate but interesting twists and turns I would love it as a film also this is my first book with lesbian main characters and it was a pretty good exciting dramatic story. Doubt anyone would make a large budget film out of it but maybe a illustrated book even Graphic Novel could be nice if done in a high realism style. (At least that's the way see it) As a story of two lovers from different parts of the world end up in fighting to the death in the forum w ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book for an honest review

I love books on Ancient Rome and this book was no exception. What I found most fascinating was this was about female gladiators instead of the usual male gladiators. You have two women Afra and Cinnia who have become enslaved and forced to become gladiators. These two brave woman find friendship and love in each other's arms and face death each time they step into the arena.
If you like books on Ancient Rome then I highly recommend this one!
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Faith L. Justice is a science geek and history junkie who writes award-winning novels, short stories, and articles in her historic Brooklyn home. She’s published in venues such as, Writer's Digest, Strange Horizons, The Copperfield Review and Circles in the Hair.

You can read her stories, interviews with famous authors, and sample chapters of her novels at her website . Check out her

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