By C. V. Wyk

The action-packed story of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a good-looking gladiator who dared tackle the Roman Republic—and gave upward thrust to the legend of Spartacus...

For youth who love powerful woman protagonists of their myth and historic fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, but poignant story of 2 slaves who dared tackle an empire by way of gifted debut writer C. V. Wyk.

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a continuing march to create an empire—an empire outfitted at the backs of the conquered, introduced again to Rome as slaves.

Attia used to be destined to rule because the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the best warrior state the realm had visible considering that Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as an indication of his master’s want. Enslaved as a baby, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus shape a tentative bond. A bond that might spark a uprising. A uprising that threatens to carry the Roman Republic to its end—and offers upward thrust to the legend of Spartacus...

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