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on 19 May 2005
The Gladiators from Capua is a great book. Its one of the best books Caroline Lawernce has written yet. This book goes into some emotional moments and of Nubia's past. It's also about Jonathan, who in this book is a gladiator named Prometheus. Basically, this book is about four best friends; Flavia, Nubia, Lupus and Jonathan who care about each other. Jonathan is said to be dead and was the one who started the big fire which killed a lot of people. Lupus, a mute boy, finds out that Jonathan is alive and is in Rome. Flavia, Lupus, and Nubia go out in search for Jonathan. Lupus overhears people talking about the boy who started the fire and is living on top of a hill. On the hill, they find a girl who tells them that the boy with curly hair (Jonathan) has just left the hill and has gone to the amphitheatre. Caudex, Flavia's slave and bodyguard, used to be a gladiator in training but then quit because he didn't like seeing blood. Caudex knew where the gladiators were kept during the practice.Then Caudex suddenly disappears. Lupus then finds out that all the gladiators that will be fighting and dying are all Jews.
Nubia runs into an old friend and his lion Monobaz. Monobaz's owner has a son who works at the amphitheater. From my point of view I would say that Nubia and Monabaz's owner's son like each other. Then,the fighting between the gladiators start.
Human gladiators, men gladiators, women gladiators, child gladiators, beasts and criminals fought. During the fights, Nubia wins a lottery ball. Inside it is a paper on which the word "gladiator" was written. Nubia had just won a lottery ball! The battle continued for some other days until one day, gladiators from Capua walked into the amphitheatre. One of them was Nubia's brother whome she was seperated from when slave dealers sold her. Nubia's brother was paired up with Sextus: he had 6 fingers on each hand. Eventually Nubia's brother won. Nubia really wants to set her brother free but Lupus found Jonathan! Lupus wanted Flavia to free Jonathan. Later on, Nubia finds out that her brother doesn't want to be set free beacause he loved the condition that he was in.
Nubia accidentally tells the emperor Titus that Jonathan is alive. Titus believes that Jonathan was the onbe who started the fire on the hill. Titus asks Jonathan if he had started the fire and Jonathan says yes. Titus orders Jonathan to be killed but someone saves his life withe a lion.
After that, Titus asks Jonathan one more time if he had started the fire. This time he tells the emperor the real story.From Titus Jonathan finds out that his mother is alive. She had not died in the fire. Jonathan, Lupus, Nubia, Flavia and Caudex hen go home to Ostia. On thir way to Ostia Jonathan discovers that Caudex had saved his life.
This is the best book I've ever read. I'd rate it 5 because it has all the great stuff a great book should have.
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