About the Book
Patrick and Beth learn that Mr. Whittaker's fancy ring can be seen inside the Imagination Station but not outside of the machine. A mysterious letter leads the cousins to fifth-century Rome in search of a special cup that belongs to a monk. If found, the cup could keep the mysterious Albert out of prison. At the Roman Colosseum, Emperor Honorius is hosting a gladiator battle in celebration of a war victory. Beth attends the event as the emperor's slave; Patrick attends as a monk's apprentice but is taken prisoner and sent to fight in the arena. During their adventure, the cousins meet Telemachus (a true historical figure), a monk who believes that fighting is wrong. Telemachus is willing to risk everything--even his life--to stop the killing. When the cousins return with the cup, they find that a third letter has been sent with more information about Albert's fate. (Goodreads)
I have gone backward in this series but this second book is really interesting! I don't know much about this time in history with the Roman Colosseum or gladiator battles but this book puts Patrick and Beth right in the middle of things again. I think my favorite part about this book is the strong stand of faith that Telemachus makes. While history blurs a little on what happened at that point in time, he stood up for his faith in God.
This series is pretty good and great for kids.