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Spartan Quest, Book 1: The Fire of Ares
Spartan Quest Series Book #1 of 3
Author: Michael Ford

Book Info

Published on January 7, 2008
Age Group: 10 - 15 years
Reading Level: AR: 5.1 (8.0 Points, Quiz #122223)
Lexile® measure: 690L

When slaves rebel in ancient Sparta, twelve-year-old Lysander, guarded by an heirloom amulet, the Fire of Ares, is caught between the Spartan ruling class, with whom he has been training as a warrior since his noble heritage was revealed, and those among whom he was recently laboring as a slave.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
That's fifty. Stop now!' Lysander heard from behind. He let his sickle drop on the sheared stalks. Stretching to his full height, the muscles of his back lengthened, and he turned to face his friend Timeon, who was tying a bundle of barley. The sun still blazed high in the sky. The day was sweltering, and the Taygetos Mountains shimmered in the distance. No breeze swept the plain and he could hear the trickle of the River Eurotas nearby.

Publisher Description:
Lysander, a young Helot slave, knows little about the mysterious pendant he wears round his neck—the Fire of Ares. When after a chance meeting, he learns that he is of noble heritage, the pendant takes on new meaning as the link to his father's life and death. Suddenly Lysander is thrust into the life of a Spartan warrior and must struggle to prove himself worthy. But when the pendant is stolen, he must fight to retrieve it, and fulfill its powerful destiny before it is too late.

This action packed tale of honor, glory and epic battles in Ancient Greece will appeal to even the most reluctant readers, and Lysander's rise from slave to Spartan warrior will leave them thirsting for more.

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