- File Size: 2299 KB
- Print Length: 644 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: C.P.D Harris; 12 edition (July 17, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 17, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008MAY80S
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,930 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book breaks apart from the conventional way of setting up a novel. Some will like it and some others won't, I suspect. As should be plainly evident by my rating I am part of the former group. But how does one go about reviewing a book like this?
This book has none of the things I usually really like about books, and yet it has so many things that I like - that I never knew I liked before I read this book. That might sound somewhat cheesy - and I am truly sorry about that because I am actually saying this in earnest.
I found the book to be in a state of general well-writtenness, which is usually always the first thing I notice. C.P.D. Harris has an easy, confortably familiar (without being boring, mind you) writing style that helps bring the book alive. Another thing that he has is a sense of using long-winded (this term is often used in a negative context, but this is not how I intend it) descriptions that nearly threatens to kill the scene - which they never truly do because there is always something else to it:
In the first chapter the main character, Gavin, is trying to pick out his weapons before his first fight. The narrator goes on at great length about every single weapon in the store, their pros and cons (which could be pretty boring if you are not paricularly interested in weapons) but also about Gavin's relationships with them, which is the really interesting part.Read more ›
A little disclosure before I start. I had previously gotten the book for free and finally got around to reading teh book when i just couldn't stand teh JK Rowling Casual Vacancy any longer. Bloodlust was my perfect palate cleanser. It was kinda like watching the Die Hard after Titanic.
How i feel the most strongly:
Great action. Harris went to great lengths to make the book about the action and i think he acheived his goal. Unfortunately I think he world building may have suffered as a consequence.
fun Characters: while he doesn't really devle into the psyches of supporting cast he goes in depths with Gavin and Sadira. The other secondary characters are fun and play their roles admirably but their motivations and thoughts are less than clear.
Story wise I was somewhat disappointed. The book feels like it ended abruptly, especially when (in my mind) the actaul story was just getting started. Now I do kinda see where the author went with this approach as the story is very much written from Gavin (and to a lesser extent Sadira) eyes. This means that, as teenager, they really didn't care about the politics just brutal fighting and posturing (which is a lot of fun to read) however the politics is what makes this world interesting and as the first of a trilogy this means that it fails to gives much to go on. I assume the next book will address this issuse and expalin many things that Harris hints at but doesn't truly explain.
So overall its a fun book, it made me smile, and really turn some pages. But I do think that it would be better if all books (the forthcoming ones) were read in succession.
I look forward to the next one and even plan on purchasing it (a pretty good endorement of an indie book). Honestly i think the second book will make this one even better and bump my score to a 4 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Started this off and was generally intrigued. It put a new and interesting twist to the old and worn idea of gladiators and the arena that is common place among other stories and... Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by Raven Righter
First if you like to read action bits, this is a good book. If you are expecting the rest to be interesting you best look else where. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book has all the characteristics of what could be a horrible book: incredibly long and detailed descriptions in places that dont need incredibly long and detailed... Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Matthew Kinsella
This book wasn't as gritty as I like, but don't let that stop you, I like them very, very gritty. This was an excellent book that revolves around gladiator life style. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Kindle Customer
One of the best books I have read has. Great plot and balanced blood and Gore with emotions and social problemsPublished on February 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Good book for price but with a couple of quirks along the way. It's reads more like an RPG master storytelling more than anything else but the setting is very entertaining and so... Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Cliente Amazon
I could not stop reading. The action is fantastic and take me right into the heart of it. I cannot wait to see what happens nexts.Published on September 10, 2012 by Kindle Customer
Normally I am not a fan of fantasy novels, not even the best of them. They seem too removed from reality for me. Read morePublished on August 22, 2012 by Dorothy Lou
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