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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Thanks for whitfeld us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Roma Victrix by Russell Whitfield. Now Sorena leads a vicious troop of horsewomen. 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.
Meanwhile, Lysandra has become accustomed to easy living and suffered an insidious addiction to alcohol that, together with her unabated hubris, is sapping both her self esteem and friendships. But now the Emperor Domitian has called for a command performance at Rome’s newly built Flavian Amphitheatre.
Her record is devastating: Lysandra has to face up to all that she is and all that she must become as all roads lead to Rome. Paperbackpages.
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Aug 23, Tara Chevrestt rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the sequel to Gladiatrix, a book I absolutely loved. This brings back some of the main players.
I say some because well, some of them died in book one. She was once the greatest gladiatrix in the arena and is yet unbeatable. However, years have gone by and she is now getting “soft” and rather lost in her cups. She’s got a weakness for the drink. She also doesn’t fight as much as she used to and has become a paper pusher. When gpadiatrix receives a summons from Rome to fight t This is the sequel to Gladiatrix, a book I absolutely loved.
When she receives a summons from Rome to fight the new, unbeaten, gladiatrix prima, she decides she needs to do it because she the “heady drug of victory was stronger than wine. For full review, please click on the link: View all 4 glaxiatrix. The hot action of Gladiatrix continues as Lysandra of Sparta, having retired to transform her ludus into a temple, is invited by the Emperor Domitian to travel to Rome for the ultimate fight.
Although a free and very rich woman, Achillia Lysandraeventually accepts the invitation, but realises that she must exercise every ounce of self-discipline to pull herself away from the wine glass to become the finely-tuned, unbeatable gladiatrix which she once had been.
It is a long, and difficult journey. Meantime, the Roman armies are fighting, and losing battles in in the northern extremities of their empire.
To survive and be captured by these vicious warriors, is shown to be a fate worse than death. There is no mercy. There is plenty of shocking violence, and a fair share of sex, but the storyline is gripping, and the characters are strong and very believable. The descriptions of the fighting are always detailed impossible to leave before their gory conclusions. It is easy to form attachments to the characters, but unwise to do so, as you will suffer pangs of grief as your favourites lose their lives.
Death is inevitable in both the field of battle and in the gladiatorial arena. They are games where coming second usually means the end of your life. I much prefer playing field hockey, where all I have to suffer is a week of disappointment before my next match.
Once again, Russell Whitfield has produced an historical fiction which is action-packed and smouldering hot. View all 26 comments. May 02, Jason Golomb rated it really liked it Shelves: Russell Whitfield returns to Ancient Rome in this very strong sword, sand and sandals epic, “Roma Victrix”, sequel to his debut “Gladiatrix”.
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.
The core of Whitfield’s sequel revolves around Lysandra and her gladiatrix alter-ego, Achillia, Russell Whitfield returns to Ancient Rome in this very strong sword, sand and sandals epic, “Roma Victrix”, sequel to his debut “Gladiatrix”.
After establishing herself as the best in the East, Lysandra builds a temple to Athene, the Greek Goddess to whom she’s dedicated her life. Born in Sparta, Lysandra wears her heritage like a suit of virtually impenetrable armor. It provides her with motivation, pride, a religious foundation, and an emotional wall of protection. Lysandra is consistently grasping to hold onto her very strict and unemotional Spartan upbringing in the face of an emotional landscape of secondary characters, her own burgeoning battle with alcohol, and her exposure to the myriad of cultures throughout the Mediterranean.
Following a magnificent staged battle royale that pits Achillia as warrior-general, leading a phalanx in battle against Barbarians in a sweeping book-opening scene, Lysandra steps off the sand arena and into the marble temple as she builds a deiopolos to her Goddess Athene.
A life of temple management and prayer makes her soft and she increasingly finds herself drawn to and controlled by wine. Her propensity to dabble in the Dionysian propels Lysandra down a path where she finds herself literally and figuratively lost. Young Varia returns to play a key role in this book as Lysandra’s protege. Despite her most Spartan emotionless ethic, Lysandra’s overprotection and love of Varia pushes her away.
Gladiatrix (Gladiator Trilogy, book 1) by Russell Whitfield
Rrussell departure and later reemergence provide the emotional force for the story while keeping the connective threads of the novel tied together.
Emperor Domitian requests the presence of Achillia, queen of the sands in Asia Minor, to fight Aesalon Nocturna, goddess of the sands in the Colosseum. Naturally, it’s never a good idea to deny a request from the Emperor. The other primary plot thread follows the reintroduction of Tribune Valerian in Dacia at the Battle of Whitfeld. The battle is magnificently drawn by author Whitfield who’s at his best when describing military strategy, the mechanisms of war and whiffield, and the actual fight scenes themselves.
This Battle of Tapae goes horrendously wrong for the Romans as an entire legion and thousands of warriors are destroyed. Valerian, a practical and sound-minded lifer in the Roman army, is taken prisoner and, let’s just say, not treated very well.
He returns to Rome facing the brunt of the blame for the disaster in Dacia. He’s a broken man. And while I don’t want to give away a strong plot point, his redemption is one of the nicer aspects to this multi-threaded book.
Numerous other characters are introduced or re-introduced from “Gladiatrix” throughout the story. Murco and Cappa are whtfield guards hired to watch over Lysandra as glasiatrix travels to Rome. 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.
Their roles are small, but their relationship with Lysandra is comfortable and the two bodyguards brought a smile to my face as they reappeared throughout the story. Also returning is Lysandra’s spiritual guide in Telemachus, as well as a number of new gladiators and gladiatricies, and Lysandra’s equally as arrogant Spartan countryman, the gladiator Kleandrias who becomes her trainer. Whitfield has developed a strong story arc tracing Lysandra’s fall from grace, while building tension and excitement that melds rhythmically with the sub stories of Ileana, Varia and Valerian.
It’s a very “Rocky”-themed story that provides the skeletal framework for the well-fleshed and muscled story. For several segments in the last third of the book, Whitfield writes his scenes from multiple perspectives, with each character’s narrative slightly overlapping anothers to provide differing angles and views of the same action.
This very film-like structure is not easy to convey, but Whitfield handles it masterfully. Likewise, he does a terrific job quick-cutting between the two prima gladiatricies’ ultimate training sequences that set up the much-anticipated battle at the Flavian Amphitheatre.
The story’s pace is torrid as each gladiatrix is pushed to her max in preparation for their Colosseum battle before Emperor Domitian. Roman and Greek ideals of sexuality also play an important thematic role in “Roma Victrix”.
Female homosexuality, and male homosexuality to a lesser extent, are frequent topics of conversation. Lysandra has a passionate love affair with a fellow gladiatrix in the first book and her lovers’ death plays an important role in Lysandra’s emotional makeup. In addition to the obligatory amount of well-oiled, sweating and topless gladiatricies, Whitfield has written an intensely erotic scene with two female and two male gladiators I’ll not give away who exactlyas well as a rather gruesome rape scene which becomes an important event throughout the story.
Not in my opinion. Whitfield’s greatest triumph in both of his books is in his ability to differentiate the military and gladiatorial battles. It’s difficult to create a fight that makes sense, reads realistically and feels as bone crunching and sword slicing as one might imagine the real thing.
Russell Whitfield has created a realistic and rusxell re-creation of russwll ancient Roman Empire. He’s done so by developing interesting characters wrapped around a multi-threaded story that effectively brings the reader into the world of Gladiators, Gladiatricies, and Gladiqtrix politics and war.
Could anyone argue that those are the key ingredients that drive the world’s ongoing fascination with the historic world that we love? Aug 01, Nona rated it it was amazing Shelves: I first picked up Gladiatrix because of the cover and devoured it quickly, falling in love with Lysandra glladiatrix Spartan and the trials she faced and conquered as any Spartan would of course. As soon as Roma Victrix graced ruxsell local book store shelves I ran out to buy it knowing as any fan of Whitfield that I was going to spend some late hours reading.
I didn’t read it wow I literally spent the last half hour immersed in the final pages of Roma Victrix, rereading the epilogues not wanting it to end. I didn’t read it right away though, wanting to but savoring the anticipation, glad I did, it added to the strong emotional tilt a whirl I sent myself through! Ok so we all know, or should know from Gladiatrix, that Lysandra is a very strong headed handmaiden of Athene. After the epic battle Sorina and Lysandra put on for the emporor they each went their own ways, Sorina went home to plan out her vengeance on Rome and Lysandra built her temple to Athene and had not fought since growing soft.
Roma Victrix (Gladiatrix #2) by Russell Whitfield
She was Gladiatrix Prima. Meanwhile there is another Gladiatrix Prima rising to the fame of Roma Victrix and whitfie,d emporor, who loves a good show decides to pit these two fierce women against each other. The road to the arena that gladiaatrix will fight in is full of blood, death and loss for both of them but in the end two will enter the Gate of Life and only one will be considered Roma Victrix.