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Arena: Challenger (Part Two of the Roman Arena Series) by [Scarrow, Simon]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 150 customer reviews
Book 2 of 5 in Roman Arena (5 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 385 KB
  • Print Length: 83 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (27 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008K9XLBS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 150 customer reviews
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If you like your ancient fiction this book is for you. The only thing wrong with it is I read it too fast. It's a page turner.
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Simon scarrow ' the challenger' A good short series of stories, looking forward to the next,one, very economical prices too THE CHALLENGER
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I quite like these new novella's, the fact that they allow Simon to release some work regularly for those fans of his work.
I did think the description of this one to be a little misleading; Macro is not in this one anywhere near as much as part one, something i would expect in a full novel, but the novella's are (as far as im aware a prequel about Macro's early career). The description leads me to think the book is a Macro book, but in reality its a Pavo book.
Now that gripe aside, Pavo is an excellent character and im more than happy to read about him, he brings a different dimension to Simon's Macro and Cato world. I think there could be more complexity to his character, but a novella may not offer the opportunity to explore it, as there is little room to do that , train and get to meat of the plot. Each book does reveal a little more depth to Pavo, there is a nice line in animosity within the ludus... not sure that can go anywhere now though?
And my final gripe: Pallas while in the background is clearly a key person in Macros life at this point, and yet None of this came up in Praetorian, I would have liked to have seen more of this animosity coming out and being told to Cato in that book.

But all of this aside, i really enjoyed the book, it was a one sitting read, always the sign of a good book, and i have pre-ordered books 3, 4 & 5.
Arena: First Sword (Part Three of the Roman Arena Series)
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Had this delivered to my Kindle this morning and couldn't wait to get reading. It didn't disappoint.

Pavo's struggle continues with the odds hopelessly stacked against him as his lanista and doctores conspire with Rome's politicians to prematurely end his new found celebrity status. They not only pit him against a previously unbeaten gladiator, but also tip the scales in the favour of Pavo's rival.
Optio Macro once again makes an appearance, but it was nice to see him in a more supporting role this time round, allowing Pavo to take centre stage and develop as a character.

At only £1.99, this ebook is competitively priced and in my opinion, good value for money. It takes about the same time to read as a 'Quickread' or a magazine.

For me, this series could run and run, and I for one can't wait for the next instalment.
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These books are great to read if you havent got long. i finished it in 3 hours as with the one before. I feel my only downside is that all 5 books should just be the one book. instead you just have 5 small books but thats just me. otherwise good book
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I enjoy his books because they give an insight into the world of Rome during that period without being too heavy on the brain.
Will carry on looking for his "stuff" and look forward to the next ones in the series.
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An interesting prequel ? Kept me entertained for about 90 minutes. I will buy the third instalment when it is released
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Another great compelling read from Simon Scarrow.although short, holds your attention and continues to intrigue. Each volume of this Arena series keepsbyou waiting for the sequel.
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