When We Were Kings (The Wolf of Oberhame Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It's always refreshing to read a book with a strong, resilient and intelligent female lead. It's especially enjoyable when her character is likable. Leyli, kidnapped princess turned gladiator, fight for her life, honor and revenge. What's not to love!!!
I read it in one sitting it was very action packed. Although her actions are justified and it's a game of survival she does not lose her humanity nor does she lose her sanity. Partly, due to her partner and love, Tristan, the Lion. He trains her and they grow to become friends and then so much more. Throughout the book, he is used as a tool and a play thing, where his master sells he periodically to women for the night. We get to see vulnerability and how he copes with his body not belonging to his own. It's very real and very sad. He does it so that Leyli doesn't have to. Throughout the book we see them evolve into this team or perhaps even other halves. But because they are gladiators and could die at any moment they agree to just a friendship. Of course their in love, madly in love but they can't tell each other.
So how can you change a society that relies on gladiators or use death as sport and entertainment for the masses? It's a tough one. Take it away and risk an uprising from the masses. Leyli is thrown into this world and realizes that it does not work. Imagine today being bogged down by debt instead of collection agents calling you instead you are thrown into a ring and have to fight for your life, to the death. This sounds preposterous and an utter waste of life. But this is the life our princess had to endure for almost 6 months. So it seemed annoying when sometimes Leyli would criticize herself for doing what she did to survive and not being good enough for a good marriage or for court. This also emphasized that women in this society is reduced to demure breeders.
The big reveal and the last fight was good to read.The wolf got her lion back but it seemed bittersweet. Again their in the same position, because of their title her as the heir, him Secor (protector to the heir) they still can not be together. It's a bit disappointing but not terribly surprising. Having a loophole or some weird scenario to wrap it up would feel, would cheapen their struggle.
So hopefully in the next, we see them finally being together and kicking some much needed butt along the way!
When Princess Leyli's cousin kills the Heir and illegally sells her to the gladiator pits, her only options are kill or be killed. Luckily, she has the best gladiator the sands have to offer on her side. If she can manage to stay alive, she may be able to earn her freedom and save her kingdom.
This book will not get the recognition it deserves. Between the cover and the description you will under estimate this story and that's a crying shame. Take a chance on it. The story is engaging. The characters are interesting. There's blood and gore. There is some good ground work for political intrigue and by grace the romance doesn't over saturate the plot. In fact, it teases the reader.
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Having been kidnapped from her room, Princess Leyli was thrown into this world, she had to quickly learn how to fight to stay alive until she was able to get back home. With the help of The Lion of Lenlochlien, she is now known as The Wolf of Oberhame and the two of them fight together to stay alive. The book hints at romance, but except for a few places where Tristan (the lion) is thrown into situations by their owner, there are only hints of what might be.
This book does end abruptly, I would have liked to have seen a better ending, especially since the entire book keeps you turning pages,... the ending for me was a bit of a let down. More than likely I will read book two when it comes out just to see what happens next.
Highly recommend it.
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