First sentence: "When the village came into site, at the top of the distant hill, a surging joy filled him."
I don't read a lot of historical fiction so am very picky. I'd never considered reading Spartacus's story. However, after reading Kane's Forgotten Legion series, which are rich and detailed re-imaginings, I decided to give it a try, though I knew it wouldn't be an easy read. Kane does an excellent job making violent subjects of the past not only palatable but interesting. Not an easy subject, nor for the faint hearted considering the violence of the times involving mass killings and rapes.
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