Under the Flavian Emperors the Roman public's hunger for gladiatorial combat has never been greater. The Emperor Domitian's passion for novelty and variety in the arena has given rise to a very different kind of warrior: the Gladiatrix. Lysandra, member of an ancient Spartan sect of warrior priestesses, is the sole survivor of a shipwreck off the coast of Asia Minor who finds herself the property of Lucius Balbus owner of the foremost Ludus for female gladiators in the Eastern Empire. Lysandra's Spartan pride refuses to accept her new status as a slave. Her deadly combat skills not only enable her to survive but win the adoration of the crowds, the respect of her Lanista, Balbus, and the admiration of Sextus Julius Frontinus, the provincial governor. But Lysandra's hubris has stirred up the ethnic factions of the ludus attracting the enmity of the Dacian warrior, Sorina, Gladiatrix Prima and leader of the Barbarian faction as well as inciting the hatred of the sadistic Numidian trainer Nastasen. Meanwhile Frontinus and Balbus plan the ultimate combat spectacle for the visit of the emperor's emissary, Trajanus, that will involve Lysandra in her greatest and deadliest trial.
Hi, I'm Russ.
I've had an (almost) life long fascination with ancient Greece and Rome, sparked by seeing the The Three Hundred Spartans on ITV in the seventies.
I was educated to A-Level, but did not complete college, preferring instead to seek fame and fortune in a heavy metal band.
Sadly, fame and fortune were not forthcoming and a career in telesales beckoned. A series of jobs followed culminating in the heady heights of 'content editor' for a large multi-national. Its not brilliant, but it'll pay the bills until I get that call from Angelina Jolie demanding to option my books.
Gladiatrix is my first novel, but the sequel, Roma Victrix is due out in March 2011 and at the time of writing, I'm at work on a threequel.
I'm a bit of a geek (all right, a lot of a geek), I love watching DVD's, reading comic books and historical fiction novels. And I used to play Traveller and Dungeons & Dragons...but that was a very long time ago.
In an attempt to stave off an ever increasing beer-gut, I've taken up Silat - a Malaysian martial art, but in all honesty, I'm rubbish.
Still, in a strange quirk of fate, I'm actually training with the person who inspired me to write the Gladiatrix novel! A few years ago, I saw a documentary on the telly called "Gladiator Girl" which was about "Great Dover Street Woman" - purportedly the only physical remains of gladiator uncovered at the time, a "fact" (its contended) made more unusual because the fighter was a woman. Anyway, the lead actress in that is also a Silat Guru - Cecily Fay is her name - and now, years later, I'm training with the Gladiatrix herself.
I love Heavy Metal. As a child of the 80s, I'm into all the old stuff, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Manowar, Judas Priest et al. However, these days my favourite band are called Hysterica - Gladiatrix Metal, believe it or not (I didn't till I went to their website, but the proof in in the pictures.An all-female five piece, they sound great, look great...And they have swords - what's not to love).
Thanks for looking at my page - I should add that its a privilege to be in a position to have one of these sections on Amazon. If you're reader AND a writer, don't give up! Believe me when I say that despite all the knocks and rejection letters, if you keep at it you'll get there in the end.