Spartacus: Swords and Ashes – Book Review

Spartacus: Swords and Ashes mostly takes place after a slave witch kills her master. The funeral is planned, and Batiatus, an old friend of the deceased is one of the guests. While away for the funeral there are gladiator fights, a hefty dose of deception, and a lot of whores.


  • I’ve never seen the TV show Spartacus, so it was nice to have an introduction to the characters.


  • This isn’t a mystery book, but there is sort of a mystery within it, but we know the facts, and the way the characters handle the evidence doesn’t exactly make sense.
  • I had a hard time figuring out what the last chapter was supposed to be telling me. It was only a few pages, but it was a lot of paragraphs for what was only a few important sentences.
  • There’s nothing like a graphic description of man on man rape.

This isn’t a bad book. I just think it’s probably not best suited for people who aren’t already fans of the show. Not that most people want to read tie-ins to shows they’ve never seen.

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