|A marble relief of two female |
gladiators, at the British Museum
When Naoko invited me to contribute a review, I knew my first choice immediately. It is an extremely well-written, two-chapter historical piece which develops female-female relationships with great skill and sensitivity. In line with my personal reading preferences, the protagonist is a strong, smart, and capable female warrior. I think the official title of "Gladiator" might suggest a male-oriented story, but the historical note makes it clear that female gladiators were a part of Roman history.