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This books was not at all what I expected from a series entitled Gods of War especially when considering the participants don't seem to have any choice at all in their little showdown. The real gods seem to be the overlord who are running the All War. Showalter is still an auto-buy for me, but I wouldn't have bought this book if the limited information I had on the idea of the book hadn't captivated me. But what I expected was not at all what I received. Throughout the entire book in the back of my head I was thinking about the similarities between this and The Hunger Games. I know by now there aren't any new, really original ideas, but the similarities were too much. Forced to fight for something you don't believe in while loathing the ones that are in charge and doing despicable things to ensure your own survival...
I expect that some of my dissatisfaction in this first book was due in part to the fact that an entire world had to be built for the rest of the series. Despite that, there is a lot of things that are still unknown and yet to be resolved by the end.
My main problem with this book was Knox himself. I find myself for maybe the first time ever disliking the "hero" of a book. For me Knox was selfish, cold and his only redeeming quality was his attraction to Vale. In theory I should like him - Forced to be a slave with a tragic backstory and a wicked hot face and body - but it didn't work out like that. Every time this guy got in a fight I was rooting for the other opponent. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I actually hoped he would die. No such luck. I can trace my dislike back to one event. Shiloh. After that there was no saving this book for me. Shiloh deserved better and the dumb excuse at the end of the book about how it had never been a true alliance doesn't cut it.
Vale is your typical Showalter heroine at this point. They are increasingly seeming to be manufactured in the same factory. She was harmless I suppose. I didn't mind her too much, but she couldn't in any way make up for Knox. I understood her motives and her attraction to Knox (he is super hot after all) but I felt that her transition from a typical mortal to blood thirsty and savage immortal warrior a bit too quick to be realistic.
What Showalter successfully did for me was build a more interesting cast of supporting characters. I want to find out what happens to Zion, Bane, Erik and Adonis. And while I don't care to ever see Knox or Vale again I am intrigued enough to want to see how things work our for my faves and see how the whole thing ends.
Ultimately, this book fell flat for me because there was little actual romance. When I buy Showalter I expect to get a paranormal romance with violence on the side. In trying to be like Hunger Games this was more violence with a side of spicy sex scenes. The love between Knox and Vale wasn't credible. Don't get me wrong, the lust I totally bought, but that transformation into love... I'm not a believer.
I am going to wait for the next book to make a decision on the series as a whole and I actually expect the next book to be much better than this. Here's hoping.
In an aside, my kindle preorder price that I paid was $6.01 but as I write this review not even 24 hours later I am seeing the price is $4.73. What's up with that?
Gena's newest book is a taste for the senses!
Shadow and Ice beckoned me to read about Knox and the predicament they found themselves in. I followed along with Vale as she and Nola trekked the Arctic and was startled with them at the revelation of their discovery. I fought beside, went through peril, wanted to help those I loved, bled for what I thought had betrayed me, and fell in love. Most of all, I didn't want the story to end.
Gena did such a great job, enticing me to keep reading despite the distractions around me, I often forgot what I should be doing. As soon as I flipped the last page, I wanted the next book so I could keep reading. This book has it all and I wanted more! I. Needed. More.
Gods of War #2 is sure to be brilliant. Gena will once again, tempt me with her incredible command of words and I will (eagerly) wrap my hands around her new book and devour everything she offers.
I absolutely, wholeheartedly, and completely love and recommend Shadow and Ice.
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This book is in some ways darker and bloodier than the authors previous work, but it overall works. Bad boy warrior/immortal Knox and sassy strong human Vale were well rounded characters. Both have massive emotional barriers up due to what they have individually gone through. Vale is definitely not a weak-willed heroine but adaptable, quick on her feet and a woman who never backs down.
I do hope the Council as well as the Kings and Queens forcing these battles get what’s coming to them, particularly the toad King Ansel.
I so enjoyed this book and at no time was I bored, but that being said I do think Showalter tried to cram in a fair bit here and the book may have been a tad richer with a little less, that being said this book will be staying permanently on my kindle.
This is the start of an imaginative new series by this author and though this wasn't my favourite of her books I have read to date I still enjoyed myself and this was an intriguing start that has stacked the deck nicely for future story progression.
So this is the 103 rd All-War, This is a process that is enacted many times on many worlds whenever a new realm is discovered.
To stop the pillaging and fighting over resources worlds get to send a single combatant to fight for there sovereign for ownership of the new world.
Gladiator style fight to the death with an entire planet as the battleground, last man standing wins all or at least the ruler of his world does.
He is Knox of Iviland a stone-cold combatant who controls the shadows and will stop at nothing to win.
Already an All-War four-time winner he now after the death of his daughter else has nothing to lose.
His end game? win the war, gain his freedom and then annihilate his king.
One who he is compelled to obey because of the slave bands on his body and he will allow nothing to stand in his way, not even the lovely Vale London.
As a new player Eric, the Viking unwittingly joins the melee and Knox and his fellow warriors find themselves imprisoned and encased in ice for over a millennium.
Upon his eventual liberation from an icy prison and sensing that this strange female is an integral part of his future survival Knox absconds with her taking her to his hidden bunker.
So character-wise Knox is very rough and ready and a bit of a brute understandable considering his violent background.
He is literally a weapon of war and he doesn't tolerate any weakness.
Vale herself is such a liability and where usually he would annihilate he finds himself going against his very own nature and protecting her.
Vale is his perfect foil an orphan who has grown up in the system she is all hard edges and prickly attitude.
She has been metaphorically kicked back down so many times she refuses to show her weaknesses hiding behind a gruff and snarky persona to protect her soft underbelly.
These two had instant chemistry though Knox initially did fight it somewhat.
Enemies but also reluctant allies while they both are of use to the other.
So, This did get a tad cheesy at times and the language used could be somewhat juvenile but this was essentially at heart a fun read.
Fast-paced and jumping headfirst into the action this was such a unique and imaginative concept.
and I will definitely be reading the next book in this series.
One final observation because there were so many players here it sometimes did get a trifle confusing and I did get lost in regard to some of the fight scenes other than that this was all grand an enjoyable experience.
In a universe where the Hunger Games is a way of life and law, sentient beings from other worlds send champions to compete for worlds they fight on. Set in the age of the Vikings, the contestants Duke it out until the lot are suddenly frozen in ice till the present, when they are released by two sisters who stumbled into their cave by accident.
The All War has begun, only the strong survive.