Legacy of Blood : Spartan 3 Paperback
by Michael Ford
After victory against the Persians, Lysander and the other young warriors from the Spartan barracks are in desperate need of a rest from battle.
But a messenger has brought news that Taras, a distant outpost of the Spartan empire, is under siege.
The citizens of Taras have organised an uprising and Sparta is in danger of losing a vital trading port.
Lysander and the other boys set sail immediately for southern Italy.
They quickly discover that the men of Taras are far more organised than they thought, and will not be easily beaten.
In the heat of battle Lysander finds himself in front of the great statue in the main square.
The figure is wearing the Fire of Ares - he must be Lysander's ancestor.
Shocked, he knows that he must find out his connection to this town and its people, and in so doing uncover a little more of his mysterious heritage, hidden from him for so long.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 01/01/2009
- Category: Adventure
- ISBN: 9780747598596
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Review by sirfurboy
Legacy of Blood picks up from exactly where the last book left off. Lysander returns home victorious, but grieving at the loss of his grandfather but almost immediately news comes from the Spartan colony of Taras (modern day Taranto in southern Italy). The colony has been over-run by the enslaved population and foreign insurgents. Meanwhile old prejudices and power politics are at work, and the Spartan council is convinced to send Lysander's barracks back into action as the Spartan response to the rebellion. This series continues to live up to its promise - packed with historical details and a plot that races along, making it ideal for its intended audience, and a very good read for anyone of any age. Lysander must come to terms with his own identity in this book, and there are still issues of prejudice and loyalty and enmity to deal with.A wonderful series.