Thursday, 14 December 2017
Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk (Review)
An epic gender bent historical story, Blood and Sand takes the famous figure of Spartacus and asks the question, what if this epic gladiator was a woman? Exciting and heart pounding, Blood and Sand is incredible immersive and well writing. Fascinating from the beginning to the end, it is definitely a page turner that had me addicted and bingeing from the get-go. Attia (a.k.a Spartacus) is a warrior princess captured into slavery of the Romans. Given as a prize to a hunky gladiator, Xanthus. Together they will fight to survive and maybe, just maybe, fight for freedom and revenge.
I loved Blood and Sand. I truly desperately hope that there is a second novel in the works, but as of right now, there doesn't seem to be one (which kills me on the inside). The narrative voice was strong and clear from the first paragraph and it didn't seem to take a while to get into the story like most other novels do. Mari is a great protagonist to be hooked onto. She narrates its just the right amount of detail to shape the world, but with enough vagueness to allow the readers minds to add some flourish of their own. The world of Blood and Sand is one of brutality, but it still manages to contain heart warming moments of compassion. Now, if there is never a sequel, there is actually a problem with the novel. Loose plot strings. There were A LOT of things left unanswered and unresolved, but I'm going to be hopeful that Blood and Sand will not be a stand alone story. Ultimately, I loved reading Blood and Sand and give it the rating of FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*