I think Birth of a Warrior is really good because it creates strong images in your head and it feels like you're there. The characters in the story feel like they are real because the author has described them so well. I can picture all the Spartans and Helots clearly and feel how they interact with each other. The way the characters talk to each other makes it seem very realistic.
The story line is excellent and made me want to keep reading on. I liked the book's presentation and the front cover is superbly illustrated. This is the second Spartan Warrior book and just as good as the first.
I would strongly recommend the book to people to read and I would say around 12+ would particularly enjoy reading the book and understand it well or children close to 12.
The second of Michael Ford's series following Lysander in the Sparta of 510 BC. This is a fast moving and engaging novel that picks up nicely from where "The Fire of Ares" left off, developing the characters and seeing Lysander grow from boyhood to take his place amongst the Spartan warriors.
There is some wonderful conflict as Lysander starts to find friendship in unexpected places. Plenty of historical detail too, that will transport the reader back in time to the glory days of Sparta.
As an adult I very much enjoyed this book, but it will also be ideal for younger readers from about 9+ being fast paced, action packed and with good characters that you can really identify with.
Our hero Lysander has emerged from being a humble Helot in the Fire of Ares and is now on the verge of manhood as a Spartan warrior, but first he has to pass the test. The brutal challenge has to be passed by each Spartan to show he has the Spartan courage to stand next to his brother warriors in battle. The Spartans believe that it is better to die with a wound to the front than die indisgace with a wound to your back, an indiction of cowardice.
This book is full of twists and turns and the action keeps the pages turning.
Definitely a book for boys (aged 10+) and fans of historical fiction, although a short book for those older readers.
Not in the same league as Scarrow or Cornwall. Story too far fetched even for a Sparten. Very predicatable throughout the whole series!! Very dissapointed that I purchased the whole set before reading the first book