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Bloodlust: A Gladiator's Tale (Domains of the Chosen Book 1) by [Harris, C.P.D.]
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  • 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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This book is a long read, its structure is highly unsual as it is based around the arena activities of a team of gladiators, the narrator is extremely selective in which things it describes the life out of and which things it cannot really be bothered with. In truth, this is a daring book.

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.
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Good Action. All I need to say it is a good book, First book in the series and first book that the writer published, self published mind you so yes it has some mistakes. But the series is only going to get better as he keeps refining and expanding the story-line, world and character. For a first time writer i say job well done cant wait for the next book
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I'll start by saying that I actually liked this book a lot more then the 3 stars shows.

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.
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An excellent book! Out of revenge, fear and bloodlust, the inhabitants of the Domains have created an industry of suffering, forcing a portion of the "Gifted" (the magical) in humiliating, savage arena combats that are remarkable for their level of cruelty and engineered suffering. Gavin, the hero of this tale, struggles with his role in the games, especially when it requires a fight to the death or a sort of public execution for masses. The story gets even more interesting with the addition of Sadira, who unlike Gavin, not only accepts her role as a Gladiatrix, revels in the fan attention but also has the ultimate ambition to claim a position amoungst the Chosen an immortal ruling class that rules over the Domains. This contrast is fascinating because, even as the reader is swept up in intense, detailed and almost cinematic combat scenes and varieties of creature and machine combatants, there is always that seed of disquiet about the cruelty and savagery of these public displays. Together, Gavin and Sadira unite with four other gladiators to form a fighting troupe of gladiators, each with unique fighting styles, personalities, ambitions and counteractions to their status as both gladiators and the feared "Gifted". I quickly fell in love with all the characters, especially the women who I found to be fierce, complex and refreshingly flawed (a characteristic I usually find lacking in most fantasy). My favorite character was Omodo, a rhino-man who has a disarming innocence despite the social stigma of his fierce appearance. Indeed, I found all the gladiator troupe to be extremely engaging, sympathetic and memorable. I can't wait to read more about their journey and to discover more about this fascinating world and the creatures that inhabit it!
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