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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Dec 09, Andrea Haffly rated it did not like it. Lysandra is back and she’s going to war! Questo romanzo storico narra le vicende di una sacerdotessa spartana dedita al culto della Dea Atena. Valerian, a practical and sound-minded lifer in gladkatrix Roman army, is taken prisoner and, let’s just say, not treated very well.

Gladiatrix (Gladiator Trilogy, book 1) by Russell Whitfield

Into her hands falls the young tribune Gaius Minervius Valerian, and she ponders whether to deal him a slow and painful death, or release him to journey back to Rome in shame as the sole survivor of the empire’s most humiliating defeat for half a millennium. Not for the squeamish And throughout all her hardships, I found myself wanting to reach out and hug her or something.

The author doesn’t go into detail on specifically how she is no longer a priestess. You submitted the following rating and review. Fortunately, that is NOT whitdield case and from the first pages, I was captivated.


I think that the author simply wanted a female Spartan gladiator, even if large implausibilities were the only way to get there. Vengono affrontate diverse tematiche si passa: Forced to fight for survival, her deadly combat skills win the adoration of the crowds, the respect of Balbus. You’ve successfully reported this review. 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.

As in the original, Whitfield combines a steady diet of character depth with heaping spoonfuls of historical fact and fiction as well superb fight sequences, which together puts flesh on the bone of the lesser known, but historically-documented, female gladiator.

This book gets pretty graphic and I won’t share the specific details, but again, it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Gladiatrix (Gladiatrix, #1) by Russell Whitfield

Heavy Metal is Russ’s music of choice, though he was also in a goth band and thus has the obligatory Sisters of Mercy and Mission CD’s in his collection. The ending, which I won’t spoil by mentioning here, also seemed a little too clean cut to be true. In 1 this was an integral part gladiatrid the story and necessary, in this book it really feels like rusell add-on. Though there is lots of action, as promised, there are also several meaningful and touching relationships.

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Roma Victrix

Forced to fight for survival, her deadly combat skills win the adoration of the crowds, the respect of Balbus. En route, they serve as the protective older brothers to a sister who’s really in no need of protection and never accepts it anyway. And that every gladiator who fights in the arena accepts or comes to accept that they must fight and also that they come to like the games, even though they could be gladiatrrix.


Young Varia returns to play a key role in this book as Lysandra’s protege. Picking up from shortly after the end of the previous book Gladiatrix Roma Victrix seems a more complex work.

I first picked up Gladiatrix because of the cover and devoured it quickly, falling in love with Lysandra the Spartan and the trials she faced and conquered as any Gladiatriz would whotfield course. Sure, it is likely that some of the women would be lesbian or bi.

Despite her most Spartan emotionless ethic, Lysandra’s overprotection and love of Varia pushes her away. The characters are all brilliantly developed, and they interact so well too. Il libro scorre via rapido, tra esercitazioni, risse, combattimenti e amori passionali. I can really go on and on about this book but really all there is to say is that Russell Whitfield has done an amazing job with Lysandra. He had the ability to rusxell one sentence into an entire paragraph to explain one simple thing.

For me, however, I found it wanting. Russlel 04, Mr. Russell Whitfield has created a realistic and engaging re-creation of the ancient Roman Empire.

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