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Gladiatrix [Kindle Edition]

Linda Gruchy
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I am sentenced to be a Gladiatrix; a mercy or so they told me. Roman Justice is for Roman citizens, not for Celts like me. My father the bard sang the wrong songs and is dead, my husband is drowned in the marshes, and none of my kin will dare raise a voice against our oppressors lest they too suffer. I must learn to fight with the trident and net. With the blessing of the Goddess I will live long enough to earn my wooden sword and freedom.

From the author of Death in Spigg’s Wood; Death in Flitbury Marshes; Burden of Proof; Blood will Out (Elversford Mysteries); Wargeld & Other Stories; Love Rage.
Writing as Linda M Priestley, Earth Magic; Book Lovers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 219 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A4EMA28
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #310,457 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Linda writes in several genres, crime being her main one. Her gentle romances are published under the name Linda M Priestley. "Earth Magic" and "Book Lovers" are available on Kindle.

After graduating from the University of Leicester, Linda spent several years in clinical research before starting a family. Once the children were at school, Linda started writing mysteries. The first novel in the Elversford series, 'Death in Spigg's Wood' (published Dec 2011 on Kindle) was born out of a casual conversation arising from the question, "What would happen if..." The follow-up, "Death in Flitbury Marshes" followed in April 2012. The short story "Burden of Proof" and the novel "Blood Will Out" have joined these mysteries.

The latest novel is an historical adventure set near Linda's home, but 1,900 years ago. Gladiatrix follows the adventures of a native British woman sentenced to the arena.

Linda's short stories and articles have been published in several national magazines. The short story "Wargeld" was Highly Commended in The Yellow Room Short Story Spring Competition 2009. Wargeld is published in an anthology of several short stories.

"Charlie's War" was first published by My Weekly Pocket Novels and is now available as a Large Print Linford Romance (Ulverscroft).

Linda can be found at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gladiatrix 14 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'll start off by saying I'm not into historical books, let alone ones from Roman times. Life of Brian and Spartacus are about all I know of that sort of era. However I'm a great fan of Linda Gruchy's books, so gave it a go.

It was hard reading at first as it's written in a first person way that is almost being talked at rather than talked to, but once I got "the voice" in my head I got used to it. Also there was the use of all Roman / gladiator words that I'm not used to. I suppose if you were the main target audience you wouldn't notice this as you'd be used to it. There is a glossary in the book, so that would help

I have learnt (not that it took much teaching) that I wouldn't like to live in those days. Life was hard for most people, especially women.

It was a very interesting story. I did think of Hippolyte often when not reading the book.

A very different book to Linda Gruchy's normal fare and certainly one I enjoyed reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Historical novel 11 Nov 2012
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'Gladiatrix' is a well thought out novel which tells the tale of Hippolyte who becomes a gladiatrix.
Told in the first person you follow her journery through the ancient world of the Romans as she battles for her life and freedom.

Linda has most definately done her homework and chatted to the right people to bring this novel alive. For those of you like me who are not so well informed in the ancient world of the Gladiators, Linda has given us a glossary and a list of the main characters as well as historical notes to keep us on track.

I found the novel an enjoyable read, with a well thought out plot which helps you to step back into a living past. If you enjoy ancient history and historical novels then this is the book for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So different and so good 17 Nov 2012
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I have read this author's police procedural work, so this book was started with great interest.

I must say, I enjoyed this book very, very much. I particularly liked the way the author is able to convey emotion in her writing. I found myself becoming increasingly emotionally attached to several of the characters, willing them to succeed in the arena and to sort out their complicated emotional attachments. Love, fear, awe, trepidation, lust, loyalty and friendships; both old and new.

Furthermore, the author is able to use descriptive prose to paint pictures in my head as well as any author I have read. I can see the buildings, view the landscape and picture the people and their dress; but I can also feel the burning sun and sand, smell the blood and sweat.

An excellent book! Even though there were a couple of minor typos it gave me hours of pleasure. I will look for more of this author's historical work.

In fact I want to know what happens next to these characters (the ones still alive).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absorbing Novel set in Roman-era Britain 6 Jan 2014
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I loved this book. Normally, I'm not attracted to novels about the Roman era in Britain; I'm more a Plantagenet and Tudor, girl. But I was encouraged to get involved in this story by its intriguing blurb and Amazon's `Look Inside' feature. I'm glad I did so, as this book has now encouraged me to further explore the Roman world. To say I was astonished to discover that women fought as gladiators in the arena is to put it mildly. Having read this book, I see what barbarians the so-called, civilised Romans really were.

The research involved for this book must have been awesome, but Ms Gruchy resists the temptation to overload the reader. Her descriptions are taut and colourful. She manages, effortlessly, to make sense of an alien world, not in great slabs of information, but subtly interspersed between dialogue and narrative, so, although one absorbs atmosphere, customs, manners, etc, this is achieved in a thoroughly painless way (for which - thank you, Ms Gruchy!).

I felt as one with the poor British woman, sentenced to fight to the death in the area because she had dared to defend herself against the sexual assault of a Roman.

To everyone's surprise, expecially her own, she survived her first, bruising encounters in the arena, gradually learning the trade she had been forced to embrace, fighting prejudice and more attempted sexual assaults along the way.

An unusual story, well told and engaging. The research alone deserves five stars, but the story, rich in everything that a good novel needs, deserves them even more. Very well done.
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