From the publisher:
In the coastal town of Pompeii, a new gladiator prepares to fight. But this gladiator hides a deadly secret: she’s a runaway Jewish slave girl named Ariella, disguised as a young boy. A savvy fighter, Ariella determines to triumph in the arena, knowing her life will be forfeit should anyone uncover the truth.
Cato, a wealthy politician, moved to Pompeii after tiring of the corruption in Rome. But he soon learns that Pompeii is just as corrupt, and if he doesn’t play the game, his family could pay the price. Determined to bring about justice for the citizens of Pompeii, Cato searches for allies. But what he discovers instead is a confounding group of Christians . . . and a young female gladiator whose fame is growing daily.
Political unrest reaches a boiling point as Christians are jailed and executed, and the mountain in the distance threatens to destroy the city with its river of fire. Cato and Ariella must act quickly and courageously to save their loved ones before all is lost.
Tracy Higley writes very strong and somewhat modern women characters. If you enjoy women who know what they wants and don't let themselves be pushed around by society then you will enjoy reading her books.
Ariella is one of those strong characters, and while her situation and story is less believable than some would enjoy, others may find her an enjoyable character.
Cato, for me was the more believable character. His actions, and even his coming to the Christian walk was something that made sense as you could see his journey over the years even before this story started.
I chose this book because I enjoy historical fiction and wanted to know more about Pompeii. Readers will enjoy the historical work that Higley has done for this book. At her website there are pictures and a blog/journal where you can see Pompeii and her travels. http://tracyhigley.com/tracys-travels/pompeii-italy/ After reading the book, you will definitely want to see real pictures of the place.
I received this book from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.