Gladius and the Bartlett Trial by J.A. Paul

11 Jun


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

Now that I have read this book, I want to kick myself for taking so long to pick it up.

Gladius and the Bartlett Trial is a wonderful novel. It follows the journey of 15 year old Gladius Oldmont as he faces the challenging Bartlett Trails to achieve his place in adulthood. Paul brings forth elements of hardship, family obligation, and romance while still maintaining a heavy pulse of adventure throughout the novel.

I was very impressed with the writing. It was sophisticated and eloquent yet easy to follow. I gave this book to my 13 year old cousin to read on a 9 hour train trip and he was 80% percent done with it by the time we reached our destination! And that is saying something since he loathes reading.
I wasn’t particularly a fan of the cover art but nonetheless, Gladius and the Bartlett Trial is a fantastic book that encourage young teens into reading!

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