"From Capua to Neapolis, Spartacus: Swords & Ashes is a novel about villainy and heroism with some blood-soaked action thrown in for good measure." --TV Overmind
"A vastly entertaining book, with a colorful palette of characters to propel each scene forward. The pace never slacks, and when your thirst for blood begins to take hold, this book delivers." --The Daily Rotation
"J.M. Clements [is] an indefatigable and very talented hack who always delivers more than he needs to. This novel is a perfect example... Unlike most mass market paperbacks produced today, this is a book that can be re-read without falling apart. And thanks to Clements, you might very well want to re-read it." --Open Letters Monthly
"J.M. Clements manages to set a pace that captures most of the frenetic energy of the series." --Horror Talk
"Swords and Ashes also adds a mystery element to the Spartacus story line that fits extremely well and makes the book all that much more interesting." --8 Days a Geek
Spartacus is the hit TV show which combines blood-soaked action, exotic sexuality, villainy and heroism. This original novel from the world of Spartacus: Blood and Sand tells a brand-new story of blood, sex and politics set in the uncompromising visceral world of the arena.
The gladiator Spartacus, the new champion of Capua, fights at the graveside of a rich man who was brutally murdered by his own slaves. Seeing an opportunity, ambitious lanista Quintus Batiatus plots to seize the dead man’s estate.
In the arena blood and death are primetime entertainment. But not all battles are fought upon the sands...