Birth of a Warrior by Michael Ford
(Spartan Quest)

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Lysander thought he left his roots as a Helot slave far behind when he discovered his true identity as the descendant of a Spartan warrior. His training at the academy has been ruthless, but now he must face his toughest challenge yet: being sent to the mountains with two other boys to prove they can survive the harsh conditions on nothing but their Spartan strength and wits. Facing starvation, wild animals, and the elements, Lysander discovers that his real enemy is in fact one of the other boys, who's bent on sabotaging him. And when war with Persia threatens, Lysander must decide where his allegiance truly lies. This sweeping, dramatic adventure story is an exciting follow-up to The Fire of Ares, and its action and intrigue will not disappoint.
 

About Michael Ford

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Michael Ford is BBC journalist who reported on the aftermath of September 11th. A broadcaster specializing in religious affairs, he has recently completed a doctoral thesis in Christian spirituality.
 
Published June 2, 2008 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. 272 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Young Adult. Fiction

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This first sequel in Ford’s series set in ancient Sparta rockets into the beginnings of the Greco-Persian wars with its hero, young Lysander, a half-Helot, half-Spartan boy rescued from slavery, now training to become a warrior.

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Summary: Boys will love this high-paced adventure about the life of a Spartan boy learning to become a soldier.

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Historical Novel Society

To his horror, Lysander is paired with Demaratos and their guide is the tough ephebe Agesilaus who, Lysander swiftly realizes, has a hidden agenda – to make sure that he, Lysander, doesn’t return.

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