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5.0 out of 5 stars Never Lets Up - Gripping
Legacy of Blood picks up from exactly where the last book left off. Lysander returns home victorious, but grieving at the loss of his grandfather but almost immediately news comes from the Spartan colony of Taras (modern day Taranto in southern Italy). The colony has been over-run by the enslaved population and foreign insurgents. Meanwhile old prejudices and power...
Published on 5 Aug 2009 by Sir Furboy

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best.
I've read a lot of historical / fantasy fiction, like Simon Scarrow, David Gemmel, R A Salvatore etc, I was hoping this would be at a similar level but what I found over the three books were that they were reasonably entertaining but not gripping.
I'd hoped to learn more about the Spartans but didn't, all I got was a rehashed version of the best lines from 300 "Come...
Published on 11 Dec 2010 by Adam


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Lets Up - Gripping, 5 Aug 2009
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Sir Furboy (Aberystwyth, UK) - See all my reviews
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Legacy of Blood picks up from exactly where the last book left off. Lysander returns home victorious, but grieving at the loss of his grandfather but almost immediately news comes from the Spartan colony of Taras (modern day Taranto in southern Italy). The colony has been over-run by the enslaved population and foreign insurgents. Meanwhile old prejudices and power politics are at work, and the Spartan council is convinced to send Lysander's barracks back into action as the Spartan response to the rebellion.

This series continues to live up to its promise - packed with historical details and a plot that races along, making it ideal for its intended audience, and a very good read for anyone of any age. Lysander must come to terms with his own identity in this book, and there are still issues of prejudice and loyalty and enmity to deal with.

A wonderful series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SPARTAN WARFARE - Book 3, 8 July 2012
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Mr. William Oxley "oxenblocks" (England) - See all my reviews
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This is another great historical fiction yarn from Michael Ford for young adults. This follows on from the two previous novels in the trilogy; The Fire of Ares, and Birth of a Warrior, both of which were cracking reads.

The story continues to follow our hero, Lysander, who is half Helot and half Spartan, as he sails to the Spartan colony town of Taras. Lysander must carry the burden of being mixed race, the death of his guardian and grandfather, the Ephor Sarpedon, the constant fighting in battles, and his feelings for the downtrodden Helots. Spartans must be courageous and are honoured when death comes from a wound to the front, whilst bringing only shame if they die with a wound to the back or if they are forced to flee.

This is a great story of standing up for yourself and what you believe in, with a lot of blood and gore thrown in as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best., 11 Dec 2010
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Adam "desdicado" (Bathgate, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I've read a lot of historical / fantasy fiction, like Simon Scarrow, David Gemmel, R A Salvatore etc, I was hoping this would be at a similar level but what I found over the three books were that they were reasonably entertaining but not gripping.
I'd hoped to learn more about the Spartans but didn't, all I got was a rehashed version of the best lines from 300 "Come back with your shield or on it" "Fight in the shade" "Lay down your weapons, come and get them" even Leonidas is in there.
They are also very short books, I finished one on a short flight.
So in summary, good for a young reader or someone looking for a quick holiday read. I doubt I'lll buy his next book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars for the younger reader, 16 Aug 2010
This review is from: Legacy of Blood: Spartan 3 (Paperback)
This is the third book in a trilogy{I dont know if ther is a forth }The books are an easy read and really are for teenagers. I will stick with Scarrow and Cornwall from now on
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