I just finished reading Spartan, by Valerio Massimo Manfredi, and it was brilliant! Set in 504BC - 464BC in ancient Greece, this historical fiction novel was a thrilling read. The story begins in Sparta, and follows a young man born to a noble Spartan family, but abandoned due to his deformity. The boy is found by a Helot and raised as a servant to the Spartans. He later travels the world, and is torn between his upbringing and his heritage and the mystery surrounding his purpose.
An amazing story of courage and bravery and a fascinating look at the culture and laws of this period. Plenty of politics, intrigue, prophecy and war kept me engrossed for the duration of the book.
My rating = ****