by Jenna Moreci.
In this book we follow Tobias, who finds himself forced to partake in a deadly tournament where the winner gets to marry the The Savior. The woman who rules the realm. He doesn’t care much for her, and he definitely does not want to marry her, but competing for her hand is his only chance to save his family.
But the tournament means death for most people, and Tobias is vastly outmatched by many of the other men, and has to fight to stay alive. And as if the tournament wasn’t dire enough, Tobias begins to fall for someone other than the woman who’s hand he’s fighting for. A complication that not only put his life in danger, but that of her too.
I’ve been wanting to read this book for some time, and now finally I found the time for it. This was an unexpected hit for me, not that I thought I wouldn’t like it, but I hadn’t expected to like it as much as I did.
I found it interesting to read a book from a male perspective, and I think the author did a good job making it feel believable being in the head of a man in these circumstances. Not that I would know anything about whether it is believable or not, but it certainly felt that way at least.
The writing is definitely filled with adult language. I’ve read so much YA and YA crossover books lately that the profanity was just such a relief, even if it kind of didn’t match the tone of this Ancient Greece-type world. But you know, who cares. I live for it. It was fun. And I think it was needed in this otherwise dark place.
And there are plenty of sarcasm, inappropriate jokes as well as sweet (and spicy) moments that made this a varied and interesting read.
The plot is solid and moves at a good pace. I can’t really find many cons about it. There’s rarely a dull moment and even though you kind of know how it will end, you want to keep reading. There was some part towards the third of the book that I felt was a little slow, but I read past that too. And apparently this book is super long, and I have a hard time with long books because I hate slow book, and long books are almost always slow. This, however, didn’t feel either long or slow. So the style of writing here really fit me as a reader I suppose.
I can say that I do feel disappointed by the fact that I saw the big twist coming from the first moment. And that did ruin it a little for me. But not enough to pull any stars from this review though. And I wish the romance had been a little more tension-turned-steamy. It was pretty lackluster to be honest, especially for being marketed as a fantasy romance.
When it comes to depth and language (apart from profanities), this does, however, read like a YA novel. It’s not very adult in that sense, but I don’t care. I like it.
It was a good read with good characters and unexpected friendships. The writing is good and you get what you need in terms of worldbuilding and character developments. It’s not too much and not too little. I think the author has done a fine job finding the perfect mix of what to share and what to withhold.
I mean, surely there are plenty of things to remark on here if one were to look. And if I wanted to, I could tear the book apart and find flaws in every corner. I can read almost every single one of the bad reviews of this book and agree. So why don’t I? Well, I read purely for entertainment. And if I’ve finished a book that has nearly 600 pages in just six short reading sessions before bed, then I was entertained. Does that mean the book is perfect? No. But it does mean that I got what I wanted and that I’m satisfied. So, I’m giving this book a full score because nothing is perfect, and I was entertained from the first to the last page. To me, that’s enough.