Tiger, Tiger by Lynne Reid Banks

Two tiger cub brothers are torn 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.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I liked the book cover and had nothing else to listen to so I started Tiger, Tiger. I found myself drawn into the story and before I knew it I had finished the book. This novel by Lynne Reid Banks is historical fiction set in the 3rd century. It follows the life of two tiger cubs who are captured and brought to Rome. One to be trained for the circus and the other as a pet to Caesar’s daughter. A heartfelt coming of age story full of courage and love.

Content: Clean read although this is set in the time of Gladiators so there is one brutal, gory scene in an arena with a tiger.

Rating: 4 Stars