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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 07/01/2008
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9780747593669
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Review by sirfurboy
This is the first in an exciting series following the life of a young Spartan boy, Lysander. Lysander's mother is a Helot, and lives for many years as a Helot slave before he is doscovered by his grandfather and given the opportunity to joint the punishing Spartan school.He must overcome prejudice, mortal danger, hatred and thefts to prove himself worthy of his place in the school.This book is written for readers of abou 9-11+, but it rewards older readers too. It contains a wealth of historical information, in much the same way as Caroline Lawrence's Roman Mysteries.