BLOOD UPON THE SANDS Spartacus is the hit TV series which has captivated viewers with its blood-soaked action, exotic sexuality, villainy and heroism. This original novel from the world of Spartacus: Blood and Sand relates a thrilling new tale of blood, sex and politics set in the brutal world of the arena. Spartacus and his fellow gladiators endure bout after bout of fierce and bloody fighting, while their opponent’s numbers never seem to shrink. Can Batiatus’s ludus survive against such odds? An epic battle ensues against a vicious enemy determined to soak the arena in the blood of his rivals.
This book is set around season 1
- Seeing stuff from season 1 that does not exist past that season
- Captures the characters voice and their motivations well- which is what you want from a novelization. Seeing words that I could see coming out of the characters mouth made me ultimately decide to buy this book.
- Diverse cast: just like the show
- Hits on the important povs: most of the people who have a point of view in the show make an appearance
- Intrigue- like the show
- Roman mythology
- Repetitive- feels like the story got stuck in a loop for a large amount of the novel and only got out of it in the last 100 or so pages.
I question if the sexual violence shown in the book was handled well. Then again does the show handle sexual violence well?
I did a Top Ten Tuesday list of my novelization tbr
Currently reading: Man of Steel