City on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii by Tracy Higly is an exciting, empowering book for women. Ariella has been taken captive by the Romans after the fall of Jerusalem and made a slave. As the volcano Vesuvius churns, a slave girl-turned-gladiator in Pompeii joins forces with an unlikely source to seek justice. In the coastal town of Pompeii, a new gladiator prepares to fight. But this gladiator hides a deadly secret: she’s a runaway Jewish slave girl named Ariella, disguised as a young boy. A savvy fighter, Ariella determines to triumph in the arena, knowing her life will be forfeit should anyone uncover the truth. This book is historical fiction at it’s finest! Exciting! An excellent read!