Synopses & Reviews
Two tiger cub brothers are town from the jungle and taken to Rome. The stronger cub is trained as a killer at the Coliseum. Emperor Caesar makes a gift of the smaller cub to his beautiful daughter, Aurelia. She adores her cub, Boots, and Julius, a young animal keeper, teaches her how to earn the tiger's trust. Boots is pampered while his brother, known as Brute, lives in a cold and dark cage, let out only to kill. Caesar trusts Julius to watch Aurelia and her prized pet. But when a prank backfires, Boots temporarily escapes and Julius must pay with his life. Thousands watch as Julius is sent unarmed into the arena to face the killer Brute.
Two tiger cub brothers are taken from the jungle to ancient Rome, where one becomes the pampered pet of Caesar's daughter and the other becomes a man-eating "entertainment act" at the Colosseum.
Having been brought to Rome as tiger cubs and raised in two totally different worlds, Brute grows into a fierce killer while Boots is raised as a pampered pet in the home of the Emperor's daughter, but when Julius, the trainer of the pampered tiger, becomes a marked man for a trick gone wrong, he is sentenced to face Brute in the big arena in a battle to the death. Reprint.
About the Author
Lynne Reid Banks is the bestselling author of many popular books for children and adults. She lives in Dorset, England.
From the Hardcover edition.