'It is settled. The boy is in your charge. You will train him to fight.
He must be able to use the dagger, throwing-knife, staves and his bare hands.
One day young Marcus may well become a gladiator in the arena.
But you must also teach him the ways of the street.'
Now a member of Julius Caesar's palace, Marcus's training continues in the city of Rome. The city streets are plagued by vicious gang war attacks, and Caesar must employ his own gang leader, who learns of a plot to murder him.
Only Marcus can go in undercover. But he's in terrible danger. If the rival gang discover him the price will be fatal. Julius Caesar's isn't the only life at risk . . .
Simon Scarrow will do for boy gladiators what JK Rowling did for boy wizards.
Simon Scarrow was born in Africa and lived in a number of countries before settling in Britain. He has always been interested in writing and his love of history began at school. Since then he has travelled all across the world with his wife and children to research his historical novels. Simon was an enthusiastic teacher for a number of years but now writes full time.