Welcome to the Sunday Street Team! I received an eARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. I really enjoyed this eARC! I gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Title: Blood and Sand
Author: C.V. Wyk
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication date: January 16, 2018
Summary (via Goodreads): The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic–and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus….
Roma Victor. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to build an empire–an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.
Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.
Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end–and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus….
I really enjoyed this eARC! It was a little slow sometimes, but that happens with world building. I received a copy from Netgalley to review, and ended up giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
I’ll admit I haven’t read many historical focused books when compared to other genres, but one based on the gladiator days of Rome sounded amazing. So when I saw this was one of the Sunday Street Team books, I had to sign up. And I was so right to do so, because this book was fantastic. I recommend it to historical fiction, and fantasy lovers.
I loved Attia, Xanthus, and several of the other slaves/gladiators. I won’t go into much detail, because I don’t want to spoil anything. If you’re looking for a lot of romance, this book isn’t for you. Now I LOVE romance, but if the story is good enough, I don’t mind books with just a hint of romance. Forewarning…the ending made me cry a bit, and also made me want to beg for the next book so I could see what happens next. I need to know. The fact that I have to wait until next year to find out is TORTURE!!!!
But seriously, read this book ASAP! You won’t regret it. It was really interesting, had a little romance, lots of fighting, some great historical settings, and fantastic characters you wanted to root for.
C.V. Wyk is the author of BLOOD AND SAND, debuting from Tor Teen January 16, 2018. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Wyk has lived in five states in the continental US (and hopes to add a few international locales to that list). Prone to wanderlust and getting lost, Wyk likes to explore local hiking trails, mountain ranges, dark caves where nefarious mythical creatures undoubtedly reside, and libraries. She currently lives in Maryland with a precocious mini poodle and a demanding guinea pig. In her not-so-spare time, she enjoys playing MMORPGs, kayaking, coding, staring listlessly at blank walls, and nursing a totally healthy coffee addiction.
THE PRIZE: 1 Hardback of Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk (US & Canada) and Swag (1 Themed Candle, 1 Handmade Bookmark, 1 Window Cling & Stickers!)
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