Gladius and the Bartlett Trial (Gladius Adventures – 1) by JA Paul
(Excerpt from Goodreads) When fifteen year-old Gladius Oldmont is thrust from his peaceful home into the dangerous Longwood Forest he finds himself pitted against a tyrant who has been terrorizing the lands in search of answers to an ancient secret that could unlock absolute power.
From the shadows of Longwood Forest to the Hills of the Moon, Gladius must survive encounters with a near extinct scimitar cat, an ornery dragon, a horde of death bats and a tumultuous underground river which leads to a subterranean labyrinth of tunnels. Along the way, he makes new acquaintances and discovers the true meaning of friendship, including Elle – a girl who captivates his heart.
Can Gladius and friends solve the riddle of the ancient secret before the evil Mulhurt does? If they can, will they be able to do anything about it?
Gladius is 15 and ready to take his Bartlett Trial, he will be spending one month in the Longwood Forest. His father and brother have huge adventure stories from their Bartlett Trial so Gladius is going to try and out do their stories. He also wants to win some money to help pay the taxes on the farm.
As Gladius starts he adventures, he runs into several different creatures, meets some great friends, and decides if he is going to help fight the people fight the tyrant Mulhurt who is intent on taking over all the lands.
I love when you can get wrapped up in stories about finding your own place in the world. Gladius is a wonderful, brave character. He goes on this adventure and it seems he just keeps finding people and different creatures. He seems to be collecting more and more people to take care of but in the end it helps him with his trial.
This is a great book for older kids to adults. Since it is the first book in a series I admit that I can’t wait to get into book two, Gladius and the Sea of Lost Souls.
I received this book ages ago from the Library Thing Early Reader Program in exchange for an honest review.