This review is for Auctoratus: Volunteer Gladiator by Robert Young
This has got to be one of the best YA reads I have read in a long time.
Darius Drusus (DD), in a fit of rage, thinks he has killed his father and runs away from Rome. On arriving in the town of Ostia he meets the old rope-maker Ambrus and his life is irrevocably changed.
This is a tale of friendship, destiny, Gods,demons and a mischievous angel, all set out against the backdrop of ancient Rome. Each of the three main characters (ex-slave Tertius being the third member of the group) is capable of carrying the story along and within no time at all it feels like you are spending time with old friends.
This story has everything - strong characters, good backstory, witty banter and a definite feel for the era. I see good things ahead for this author.
If you buy this book for a Young Adult in your family make sure you take the chance to read it for yourself - you won't be sorry.
Also, there is the first chapter of the next book in the series, which promises more gladiatorial goodness as our three heroes arrive back in Rome, to continue their quest.