Sol Invictus (The Eye of Ra Book 2)

Book 2 coming February 2021. Sign up for the mailing list to get news.

Siblings John and Sarah barely made it home last time, but in their next time traveling adventure the challenge really heats up. Surrounded by clashing cultures on the ancient Roman frontier, they must fulfill their quest to unite the emperor with his enemy, an Alemanni barbarian, or risk being stuck in time forever. 

An action-packed fantasy full of sword fights, chariot chases, fearsome wild animals, and high mountain survival. For graduates of the Magic Tree House looking for a thrilling middle grade page-turner, read Sol Invictus, book two of The Eye of Ra series!

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Fans of Ben Gartner’s first book will gobble this up!” -Caroline Lawrence, author of The Roman Mysteries

*****

“I was so excited to read this second book in the Eye of Ra series and was not disappointed! It’s a thrilling ride from start to finish as the brother and sister MCs travel back in time again, this time to ancient Rome where they have to accomplish a seemingly impossible task or be stuck in time. With tons of action, humor, excellent character development, and historical details that will make you feel like you’ve been swept back in time too, this is sure to be a winner for middle grade readers.” -Sam Subity, author of The Last Shadow Warrior

*****

“Sol Invictus by Ben Gartner is a fantastic follow-up that delivers! Keeping true to the spirit of the first book and its lovable heroes, this sequel to Eye of Ra ramps up the action, character growth, and overall stakes. Sol Invictus delivers a fun, page-turning adventure with sword fights, wolf pups, narrow escapes, and even ancient cheesecake! A fun time-traveling sibling adventure story with heart and heart-pounding action. I can’t wait to read what comes next for John and Sarah!” -Kerelyn Smith, author of Mulrox and the Malcognitos

*****

I really enjoyed this book! I got a big Magic Treehouse vibe from the whole concept, and I think this is a story that would fall between that and the Kane Chronicles.” -Peggy P, Teacher

*****

An action-packed and educational story with well-developed characters that middle grade readers will love.” -Nikki B.

*****

A polished entry in the series.” -M.D. DeCillis

*****

“I really enjoyed the story. I like that you chose a part of Roman history not talked about a lot in the traditional Latin class and that brought it alive for me.” -Andrew C., Latin Teacher

*****

“I genuinely enjoyed this story. I think it would be great for middle-grade readers, and I’d definitely recommend it. It would appeal to any gender, in my opinion, and John and Sarah are both sympathetic enough that readers of different ages would find someone to relate to.” -Michelle F.

*****

I really enjoyed this book! As a history lover, I really appreciated the amount of research that must have been involved in creating this story, and the little details that you added really bring the world to life. This is the second book in this series, but this book doesn’t rely on the reader having read the first book. Sarah actually reminds me of myself when I was a preteen. For preteen and young teen readers, she will feel very familiar, and might even help them with learning how to process negative emotions. The plot has lots of adventure and compelling events, and we get to see many historical places and peoples without feeling like we’re on a sightseeing tour of ancient Rome. It’s definitely educational, but it feels almost inadvertently so, with the historical facts and ideas helping to develop and build up the plot rather than the other way around. The story is primary, education is almost a sneaky secondary. The tone is at times lighthearted, but once they get to the past there is an overarching feeling of purpose and tension. It doesn’t talk down to the reader. The book is very well written and will appeal to kids that like history and those that just want an interesting book to read. I very rarely find a children’s book this respectful of the intellect of its readers and with a story that’s compelling and educational.” -Samantha G.

*****

“I thought I was immune to everything new in middle grade novels, but Sol Invictus surprised me with the riveting tale of John and Sarah’s adventures to Ancient Rome. This book could be read as a standalone and was excellently done. The climax was one of those scenes that while reading, you forget to breathe and the twist—I didn’t see that one coming! A brilliant work of historical adventure that I know my middle grade students will love.” -Dimitra M, English tutor

*****

“I thoroughly enjoyed Sol Invictus and quickly endeared to both John and Sarah. There were plenty of action-packed sequences, a little humor sprinkled in, and a great history lesson that was informative but not overbearing.” -Jeff D., beta reader

*****

More to come…