Disguised as the mysterious Princess Sophonisba, Dido is the only girl ever to have raced to victory in the Circus Maximus, the greatest sporting arena of Ancient Rome. Now she has vanished with the Emperor Caligula's favourite horse ... and the entire empire wants to find her and claim the reward.
Dido and her beloved horse, Porcellus, are in hiding in Utica, Africa, at her uncle's stables. But Scorpus is in financial trouble, so when big prizes are on offer at a new stadium, dare she risk everything to return to the tracks?
Horses, history, mystery, thrilling entertainment and sensational storytelling race neck-and-neck through the second pulse-pounding adventure in Annelise Gray's 9 + series set in Ancient Rome.
'I loved this adventure – full of brilliant horses, and a determined heroine following her dreams against all the odds. Looking forward to discovering what's in store for them next' Pippa Funnell, MBE
'This thrilling debut is the first in a new historical series full of dazzling action, rich detail, fabulous horses and an unforgettable heroine' Fiona Noble, The Bookseller.
'Fantastic new historical novel that I'm reading to my daughter. She's loving it ... We are hoping there's a sequel!' Dan Snow.
'Rich in period detail, with a few real historical characters – its principal invention the idea that a woman might have been a charioteer – this is an involving, well characterised tale that feels original' Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week.
'Circus Maximus swept me away to ancient Rome and I didn't want to come back. What a thrilling historical adventure!' A.M. Howell, author of The Garden of Lost Secrets.
'Full of great characters – both horses and humans – and Dido is a terrific heroine ... Annelise Gray has written a story that is both historically convincing and heart-stoppingly exciting. I hope there are more to come' Gillian Cross