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This second, action-packed book in the thrilling Gladiator School series takes Lucius and Quin on their deadliest adventure yet: a journey to Pompeii for the gladiatorial games. Although it's a lawless city, filled with knife-wielding thugs, Lucius seems to find a friend in Valens, the games' sponsor, who offers to help locate his missing father. Meanwhile, strange rumblings and tremors rock the town, and a seer warns that the "end of days" is near. What does this portend? Will Quin survive his fights with the seasoned gladiators of Pompeii? And is Valens all he seems?
Age Range: 9 and up / Grade Level: 4 and up
Introducing Gladiator School, a thrilling series set in ancient Rome. Young Lucius's privileged life crumbles when his father Aquila is accused of being a spy and a traitor. Now, Aquila has mysteriously disappeared—and, in order to support their family, Lucius's brother Quintus has taken the dreaded blood oath to become a gladiator.
While Quintus risks his life in the arena, Lucius fights for their survival among the slaves and criminals he meets in this new world—and vows to prove his father's innocence. Where has Aquila gone? Why has he abandoned everything he once stood for? And what is the meaning of the coded messages that Lucius has been receiving? Action packed and exciting, Blood Oath will keep kids turning the pages.