Reader Reviewed Blood Oath (Gladiator School) by Dan Scott

Blood Oath (Gladiator School)

Written by Dan Scott
Part of the Gladiator School Series

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One of our Books of the Year 2013 & March 2013 Debut of the Month Introducing Gladiator School, a series of novels set in a rich and textured world of dusty arenas, heated battles, fierce loyalty and fiercer rivalry. Follow young Lucius as his privileged life is suddenly turned upside down, leading him to seek answers amongst the slaves and warriors who work and train at Rome's gladiator school.

David Salariya, the Publisher says “A fast-paced historical adventure with unravelling secrets and a great sense of ancient Rome seen through the eyes of an eleven-year-old.”


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Blood Oath (Gladiator School) by Dan Scott

Young Lucius’s privileged life is changed forever when his father, accused of being a traitor, disappears and leaves his family in shame and poverty. His brother Quintus chooses to train as a gladiator. Life for Lucius is now among the slaves and criminals who work and train at Rome’s gladiator school.
Blood Oath, the first title in the series, leads the reader into an exciting story of family, betrayal, innocence lost and power abused. Can Lucius decode the strange messages and find his father?

Can he save his family from the grasping hands of his uncle, Ravilla? And can Quintus survive long enough in the arena to fight another day?


Pearse Kelly, age 12 This was a very enjoyable read and brings ancient Rome into the imagination. I am looking forward to the next in the series. Click here to read the full review....

Shakrist Masuphan-Boodle, age 10 I enjoyed this book because I was sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. Click here to read the full review....

Charlie Upchurch age 9 - The story was quite slow moving but speeded up and was exciting at the end. The mystery carries on to the next book. Click here to read the full review....

Carla McGuigan, age 12 This novel was really compelling, I just couldn’t set it down! Click here to read the full review....

Emily clowes, age 11
Perfect for any young boy!! Click here to read the full review....

Grace Parker, aged 10 The beginning of this book really gripped me...I would not put it down....Click here to read the full review....

Sam Harper, age 9 T
he gladiators fights were really exciting and sometimes I wasn't sure if they would live or die....Click here to read the full review....

Christopher Tanner, aged 11 Action, mystery and everything else inside this book will make you read on. I want the next book!!! Click here to read the full review....

Aaryan Sheth, Age 10 I have enjoyed this book because it keeps the reader in suspense and it is completely unpredictable. Click here to read the full review....

Lucy Minton 9 - This book was good because whenever I thought I knew what was going to happen next, the complete opposite happened.....People who like history will love this gripping adventure ...Click here to read the full review....

About the Author

Dan Scott was born in Surrey, England. Growing up, he became interested in ancient Rome and combined with his hobby of reading historical fiction, he had plenty of inspiration for the adventure stories he first began to write as a child. Eventually, his characters and stories developed into the action-packed Gladiator School series. When he’s not writing, Dan enjoys rock climbing, visiting museums and collecting vintage guitars.

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208 pages


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Publication date

1st March 2013




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