The Historical Novel Society

“Readers will care very much about both these women—fans of Roman historical fiction should not miss this title.”

The Writing Desk

“I was gripped by Faith’s great writing style – and hardly put it down until I reached the end…The two heroines of Sword of the Gladiatrix are memorable and original, and Faith has achieved the difficult challenge of making me care even about the minor characters.”

The Lesbian Review

“Sword of the Gladiatrix is so compelling…. It’s one of those books I ignored life so I could read it. Now that I’ve finished it I’m just sitting here staring at a wall and all I can do is think about this book.”

Inked Rainbow Reads

“An amazing and totally original and unique novel. Such a strong range of female characters are depicted, courageous, brave, cunning, deadly, deceitful… totally believable women.”

Two women. Two swords. One victor.

An action-packed tale that exposes the brutal underside of Imperial Rome, Sword of the Gladiatrix brings to life unforgettable characters and exotic settings. From the far edges of the Empire, two women come to battle on the hot sands of the arena in Nero’s Rome: Afra, scout and beast master to the Queen of Kush; and Cinnia, warrior-bard and companion to Queen Boudica of the British Iceni. Enslaved, forced to fight for their lives and the Romans’ pleasure; they seek to replace lost friendship, love, and family in each other’s arms. But the Roman arena offers only two futures: the Gate of Life for the victors or the Gate of Death for the losers.

  • Title: Sword of the Gladiatrix
  • Author: Faith L. Justice
  • Publisher: Raggedy Moon Books (May 2015)
  • Print ISBN-10: 0692386491
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0692386491
  • Formats:
    • Trade paperback (260 pages) $11.99
    • eBook (Kindle, epub) $3.99

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