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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Whitfield’s montage sequences would perhaps translate better on the screen than on the page. Your review Headline characters remaining Review characters remaining.

Along with that, Russelo found the other, non-violent sexual scenes to be unbelievable and more akin to some sexual fantasy than actual female experience. The violence and sex are not sensational, but actually parts of the story.

Still, I would rate the book better if it had been only First of all, the book was well written.

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Check out my blog for full review and sneak peak at sequel: Galdir – Protector of Rome. Well worth the read if you enjoy your historical fiction set in Pax Romana. Why do publishers insist on this?

In fact, Russel Whitfield writes such vivid, epic fight scenes, I found myself re-reading entire battle passages to better follow the choreography. She’s got a weakness for the drink. Nov 30, Seth Kaefring rated it liked it. To view it, click here.


Refresh and try again. Copyright – Antoine Online – All rights reserved. A story about half-naked women oiled up and forced to fight in the arena for the entertainment of the masses.

He returns to Rome facing the brunt of the blame for the disaster in Dacia. In the dirt of the Coliseum, known to history as the Flavian Amphiheatre View all 4 comments.

And perhaps he is not wrong. Feb 12, Liliflaj rated it it was amazing Shelves: For me, however, I found it wanting.

Russell Whitfield was born in Shepherds Bush in I I enjoyed the historical and technical detail, but the ending left me scratching my head. It was a pretty graphic book involving violence, language, sex and rape.

I was not at all compelled to cheer for the lead character and couldn’t care less if she survived or not. The subject concerns a gladiatorial school that specializes in female arena fighters, Gladiatrices, and the struggle to survive in a harsh environment, one in which there is very little hope for a long and prosperous life.

The problems are absurd and has a lot to do with petty arguments reminiscent of high school drama ie. The book has A LOT of graphic violence and sex scenes. Her pompous attitude gets to be quite wearisome as one tires of reading about how the Spartans are superior to everyone in every single way possible.


The characters are all brilliantly developed, and they interact so well too. Our favorite Spartan Priestess is back, facing the beautiful but deadly foe; Aemilia Illeana, known as the Midnight Falcon.

May 22, Erin rated it it was ok Shelves: Thus, she embodies eponymous title of the novel, along with a group of other women also condemned to the same fate.

It’s based on a Spartan Priestess who becomes enslaved and forced to become a Gladiatrix. In an attempt to stave off an ever increasing beer-gut, I’ve taken up Whitfiedl – a Malaysian martial art, but in all honesty, I’m rubbish.

Gladiatrix (Gladiator Trilogy, book 1) by Russell Whitfield

Almost a 5, but I have a hard time with sexual violence, and there are a couple of scenes that were pretty hard for me to handle. 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. As in the first book, frequent rjssell and violent actions, but also introspection and sex. I give it two stars because of the concept of the story, which kept me reading to the end.