The Fire of Ares
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The Fire of Ares : Spartan 1

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Description

Lysander is a slave in ancient Sparta, a Helot, but a chance meeting reveals his noble heritage and he is permitted to begin training as a Spartan warrior. The vestiges of his life as a slave are hard to shake off and he struggles to survive the brutal and nepotistic life of a Spartan-in-training. Worse still, his precious amulet, the Fire of Ares, is stolen from him, and with it goes some of his formidable strength. His mother had made him swear he would guard the amulet with his life, without ever telling him why. Lysander is desperate to find the missing jewel, but when he picks up the trail, it leads him to dark secrets about the few people he felt he could trust, and forces him to make a choice between his Helot friends and his Spartan instincts.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 20mm | 18.14g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747593663
  • 9780747593669
  • 318,118

Review quote

'The strength of the book is the positive example of the main character, Lysander. He confronts his weaknesses, tempations and prejudices and triumphs through integrity and courage ... I have to agree with my son's verdict that this is a gripping page turner. The scary bits are tense and well spaced throug the novel' TESshow more

About Michael Ford

Michael Ford read English and Classics at Oxford University, before a stint teaching English in Greece. He worked in children's non-fiction publishing for several years before becoming an editor of adult fiction in West London. Spartan is his first children's novel.show more

Rating details

601 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 39% (232)
4 31% (187)
3 21% (125)
2 7% (41)
1 3% (16)
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