This book is about a 17 year old warrior princess named Attia and a gladiator named Xanthus.
Attia was destined to be a queen but in the new empire being formed she is reduced to a slave. She is given to Xanthus as a gift from his master for being the champion gladiator of Rome. The two form a bond that sparks a rebellion.
If you are looking for a strong female lead, look no further. *Minor Spoiler alert*Although in the beginning when she is bought by Timeus she ends up breaking his body guards leg and breaking his nose and running. She ends up killing a vigile before being captured. So it seems very farfetched that she would be allowed to live, yet the book still went on.
In the beginning of the ARC, it stated that many of the events in the book are based on historic records but the author put their own spin on them with the dates, events, names, etc. I absolutely loved that. I felt like I was learning a bit of Roman history while I was reading the book. It also made the book way more intriguing to me. This book is definitely a five-star read and I can’t wait for the sequel!