THE FIRE OF ARES by Michael Ford

THE FIRE OF ARES

Spartan Quest, Book 1
Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

This first in a series explores ancient Sparta and the tensions between the ruling Spartans and their slaves, the Helots. Young Lysander lives as a slave with a secret: He possesses a mythical jewel that his ailing mother insists he must never lose. Ford weaves an exciting if somewhat implausible story around the theft of the jewel and Lysander’s rise into freedom and inclusion in the Spartan system of barracks-style education. If the plot raises an eyebrow, it doesn’t prevent Ford from illustrating daily life in Sparta quite effectively, making its history palatable to young readers. As Lysander struggles with the demands of his tutors, he feels conflicting loyalties to both the Spartans and Helots. Ford includes plenty of thrilling fights and footraces as he propels his story toward a sequel. Blood and sweat enhance the book’s appeal. A useful introduction to ancient history for its target audience. (Historical fiction. YA)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8027-9744-5
Page count: 250pp
Publisher: Walker
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2008




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