Abandoned as a baby, Lydia is raised a Spartan princess; training alongside boys, in the Spartan tradition, she grows strong and is an expert rider and archer and talented inventor. Joining the army as a mounted archer, she competes in the Olympic Games, and forms an all-female squadron called the Myrmidons.
When the most powerful warrior in the world and recently crowned king of Macedon, Alexander, shows an interest in Lydia’s elite squadron for his army, Lydia agrees to join on the condition that Sparta is safe from his empire-building ambitions.
Lydia rides to war in Persia with her Myrmidons and childhood friend, Lysander, by her side. However, through the bloody combat and sieges that follow, Lydia must face up to the fact it’s not just battles she must manage. She can take on any foe; but what can Lydia do when confronted with intense and hopeless love?
Having completed her contemporary teen spy thriller series, Missing Dad, J Ryan found another YA spy story taking shape from the Greek mythology that had fascinated her ever since she was a child. I Am Lydia is the sequel to The Wolf Cub of Sparta, published in January 2023.
One night on a mountain, history holds its breath as two young Spartans wrestle…
One is the head of Sparta’s elite youth secret service, the Krypteia; Leon is looking for a lieutenant. The other was abandoned on the mountain as a baby with an injured leg; Lycon kneels to no one. Bonded by war, they will fight to save all Greece from the deadliest Persian invasion ever. If they lose, western history will take an entirely different course.
Combining an impressive knowledge of ancient Greek culture, history and warfare with a gripping story of camaraderie and friendship, The Wolf Cub of Sparta is the perfect read for anyone fascinated by Greek myth and the heroes and heroines behind the legends.
Having completed her contemporary teen spy thriller series, Missing Dad, J Ryan found another YA spy story taking shape from the Greek mythology that had fascinated her ever since she was a child. Enthusiastic feedback from the secondary schools where she is a regular author visitor confirmed that her audience is ready to welcome teen heroes and heroines from more than 2,000 years ago.
When Damian’s shipbuilder father is killed at Troy, Odysseus summons him to replace his father in building the wooden horse. Never dreaming of the slaughter that his creation would unleash, Damian now has the blood of innocents on his hands.
And Troy is about to claim another victim.
Deadly vengeance stalks the family of Princess Chrysothemis after her father, King Agamemnon, sacrificed his eldest daughter in return for a fair wind to Troy. When the vengeance has divine approval, the only way Damian can save Chrysothemis is to challenge the gods themselves.
Having completed her contemporary teen spy thriller series, Missing Dad, J Ryan spun her next YA spy stories from ancient Greek history and mythology that had fascinated her since childhood. The Wolf Cub of Sparta and I Am Lydia are now followed by The Troy Legacy, the third in the Spartan trilogy.