Author: Mary Ray
Publisher: Bethlehem Books (165 pages)
Hylas, a secretary slave, is living a happy life with his mother and other kind people in his master’s home. But, when one morning the master is found dead by one of his fellow slaves, everyone grows suspicious. The mother of the dead man has all the slaves taken to prison to be tortured to death, which is a custom if a slave is the murderer. All, except one… Hylas. He knows in his heart that no slave in the house would do such a thing. So, he hides from the guards in an elderly lady’s home where he plots a way to rescue his mother and friends. He realizes that he cannot do this alone. He must call on one of his friends to help him. This could be dangerous since most people would turn him in. Slowly he realizes it will take more than just his god, Fortuna, and his other Roman friends. Through the kind old lady he learns something else. Something that will give him hope.
What I liked: I enjoyed this book immensely and highly recommend it! I know that everyone loves a good mystery once in a while, right?
Points to Consider: This book requires a higher level of reading skill and could be challenging for young readers.
Score: I give it five stars.