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- Print Length: 562 pages
- Publication Date: April 24, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B079DFV95X
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,242 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There’s something in TSC for everyone-everyone of age, that is-because this book contains graphic themes of varied nature. I imagine-as a fan myself-that TSC and the upcoming companion novel, The Savior’s Sister, will be appealing to fans of the bloodthirsty competition of the Hunger Games, the romantic competition of The Selection, and the intrigue and calculation of The Glittering Court alike. But most certainly satisfying and much beloved by readers who enjoy an epic fantasy novel in a richly detailed world with diverse characters and a well-defined series of traditions that look very different when standing on opposite sides of it.
Jenna Moreci has once again created a world I’d be glad to live in, and I’ll be counting down the days until TSS is released into the world. TSC is well worth the read, and I’ll be rereading it for years to come, certainly. My highest recommendations to any fantasy, Jenna, or just plain old reading fans.
You guys, this book. You don't understand. This book put me in a reading slump. MY FIRST EVER READING SLUMP. Because it was too good and exciting and I was so bored with books afterwards. Why is this book so awesome? Well keep reading, and I'll tell you.
So first, a little bit about TSC. The Savior's Champion is a third person book told entirely from Tobias' POV. Tobias lives in Thessen, a fantasy realm that once struggled with drought and many other hardships until one day the Savior was born and the land saw prosperity. Since the first Savior, every generation there is a Tournament to choose a suitor for the Savior, with whom she has a daughter who becomes the next Savior. Tobias enters the Savior's Tournament, not to win the heart of his Savior as most of his fellow contestants aim to do, but to save his family. In the tournament Tobias faces many hardships, is forced to make many difficult decisions, and falls into an accidental and extremely dangerous romance. TSC is an adult romantic fantasy, and holy hell did it check all of those marks.
Okay, now for the things I loved about this book.
1) The pacing balance:
There was NEVER a moment where I even thought the word "dnf" in any situation related to this book (and I've been struggling a lot with finishing books lately, so that's saying something.) There was never a dull moment and when things slowed down a little it was for all the right reasons and I was just as captivated as when things were moving super fast. This book kept me hooked from start to finish. Guys, I can tell you think I'm exagerating, so let me pause to tell you two key pieces of information. I had NEVER in my entire life, finished an ebook before reading TSC. I hate ebooks. I do. But TSC was soooo good, I finished it in ebook form. NOT ONLY THAT but I couldn't put it down to the point where I discovered, thanks to TSC, that the Nook fits in my pocket. That's how enjoyable this book was.
2) The romance:
THE RELATIONSHIP IN TSC WAS HEALTHY, I mean, besides the fact that there were external dangers surrounding the two being in love. BUT GUYS, THESE TWO WERE ACTUALLY IN LOVE. There was no creepy stalking, no emotional abuse, there WAS mutual respect and caring. It sucks that these things are so rare in current books that they stand out so much, but thus is our current literary world, and this book does NOT follow the trend. I shipped this ship so hard, you don't even understand.
3) The KILLING:
As a writer I am a HUGE fan of killing darlings, and holy hell does Jenna provide many a dead darling. The Tournament is essentially a last man standing competition, so already you know there will be TONS of dying. And there was. And it was beautiful and exciting.
I'll be honest, most books I read are from a female POV. In large part because I often read Dystopian. But the few male POV books I've read I felt pretty meh about the protag. But Tobias is a swoonworthy male MC if ever there was one. He has flaws, don't get me wrong. But he's also AMAZING in so many ways.
5) The Characters:
The characters in TSC were so well rounded and developed. They all had flaws and strengths and they were all beautiful! (not physically, but beautifully developed.) There was also a TON of diversity and variation that further helped separate the characters from each other. I SUCK at remembering names, but these characters stood out from eachother enough that it usually didn't matter because context and behavior clued me into who the person was. Some of my favorites were ofcourse Tobias, Leila, Delphi, Pippa, Raphael, and Kaleo (because he's the most beautifuly evil character that ever did character).
Thessen is a real world, and it comes off as such. Jenna clearly put a TON of thought into the world and history and it came through on the page.
I don't know how she did it, but Jenna managed to make each scene descriptive enough that I could picture it perfectly, while also not overwriting them. The visuals of this book were so well done that I thought I had seen fan art of a few scenes and went back and tried to find it only to realize i was just remembering what I'd imagined.
8) Twists and Turns:
This book keeps you interested and wondering until the very end, all the while perfectly foreshadowing events so the reveals don't come out of no where.
9) The portraits:
Jenna commissioned portraits of the TSC characters and it really helped me visualize everyone better and I loved it. It added to the immersion, being able to conjure a face for everyone. Check out the portraits before you read.
This book literally made me laugh outloud multiple times, there was so much humor woven in with the dying and love, and it was BEAUTIFUL. And Jenna isn't afraid to incorporate sexual humor. WHY AREN'T MORE BOOKS LIKE THIS!? (Please note, this isn't an invitation to plagiarize)
Things I disliked:
HA! You thought there would be words here? Nope. Look, I really did try to find a few things to dislike, but I couldn't. The only thing that could have maybe made TSC better was if it was in first person, but I think that about literally ALL third person books, so I don't think that counts. And this book is as close to first person as third person books can get because Jenna does an AMAZING job at showing us Tobias' inner workings.
I need the next book now, and the first book isn't even officially released yet. THAT MEANS I HAVE TO WAIT AND BE PATIENT! I'm not good at such things. But the sequel will be worth the wait and you can bet I'll be pre-ordering that one too.
If you like romance, action, and aren't afraid of swearing, go read this book. This book made it into my top 4 reads of 2017. 6 out of 5 stars (No, Amazon doesn't let me do that, but I'm doing it anyway).
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review and BOY am I glad I got to read it! I also bought both the ebook and the hardback just so I could reread this as much as I want. Full disclosure: I LOOOOOOVED THIS BOOK!
Honestly, if you're looking for a RIDE, this is the book for you. It's full of impactful emotions, life-like characters you can't help but want to know more about, humor that makes you laugh out loud, and a plot that makes you NEED to keep reading.
I would consider myself a very picky reader and I haven't read a book that pulled me in this well in SO long. I really couldn't get enough of the world, the characters, and all the different elements that went into this novel. I was just fully invested.
It's the kind of book I can see myself rereading multiple times throughout the years just because there's so much to take in and I can't help but think about the characters.
It's definitely for those who love a page turner and like to binge read because you'll want to read the entire thing in one sitting.
If you're super sensitive to foul language, gore, and some sexual references, this might not be for you.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to people looking for something that'll not only entertain them, but also keep them on the edge of their seat to the point of sweating (it gets pretty tense!)
At first I thought the plot was predictable, but with the way things happened, it kept me on the fence, second-guessing and triple-guessing my original thoughts until the end. I liked the build up between Tobias and Leila, I liked his relationship with the others. It was lengthy in the best of ways and full of engaging conversations and trials. Just great, okay? If you like competitions, bloody and suspenseful things, a bit of heartache and good things and laughs, you MUST check this out.
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I really enjoyed TSC. There were character hated and character I loved. Tobias and Leila are my favorite.Read more