Book Review: City On Fire

City on Fire
A Novel of Pompeii
Tracy L. Higley 

As Vesuvius Churns, a slave girl turned gladiator joins forces with an unlikely source to seek justice. In the coastal town of Pompeii, a new gladiator prepares to fight. But this gladiator hides a deadly secret: she's a runaway Jewish slave girl named Ariella disguised as a young boy. A savvy fighter Ariella determines to triumph in the arena knowing her life will be forfeit should anyone uncover the truth.

Cato a wealthy politician moved to Pompeii after tiring of the corruption in Rome. But he soon learns that Pompeii is just as corrupt, and if he doesn't play the game, his family could pay the price. Determined to bring about justice for the citizens of Pompeii, Cato searches for allies. But what he discovers instead is a confounding group of Christians... and a young female gladiator whose fame is growing daily. Political unrest reaches a boiling point as Christians are jailed and executed and the mountain in the distance threatens to destroy the city with a river of fire. Cato and Ariella must as quickly and courageously to save their loved ones before all is lost.

There is so much going on in the City On Fire. First you have a young hereon who's every fight you cheer for her. She's strong, smart and brave, oh yeah and an escaped slave. Then there's a politician who is only out to do go (surprising I know). If you think there are too many good people, don't worry you aren't going to be all that fond of the others. I love how much adventure this book has, and how the characters build. Also a nice input of Christianity without blaring it in the reader's face. If you liked Fire Prophet this would be a good book for you.
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