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Book III of the Leonidas Trilogy

book 3 cover Persia has crushed the Ionian revolt and is gathering a massive army to punish mainland Greece for supporting the Greek rebels.  But in Sparta the dangers seem closer to home.   An oracle has declared the Eurypontid King Demaratus a usurper, while the Agiad King Cleomenes is going dangerously mad.   More and more Spartans turn to Leonidas, Cleomenes’ half brother and son-in-law, to provide leadership.   But Leonidas is the younger of twins, and his brother Brotus has no intention of letting Leonidas lay claim to the Agiad throne without a fight. 

This novel follows Leonidas and Gorgo as they steer Sparta through the dangerous waters of domestic strife and external threat, working together as a team to make Sparta the best it can be.  But the forces that will destroy not only Leonidas but his Sparta are already gathering – not just in Persepolis and Sardis, but in the hubris of a rising Athens and the bigotry and xenophobia of many Spartans at home in Lacedaemon.   The murder of two Persian ambassadors by an agitated Spartan Assembly sets in train the inevitable conflict between Sparta and Persia that will take Leonidas to Thermopylae and into history.

This is Sparta!
As you’ve never seen it before.


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