Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Shadow of Wrath by L.W. Patricks

Shadow of Wrath
(Sins of the 7)
By: L.W. Patricks
Pub. Date: March 13, 2013
Publisher: Strange Crow Publishing
Pages: 300
Source: ARC provided for blog tour

In the Arena, you're either a killer or a victim.

If survival meant murdering an innocent person in cold blood every week, could you do it? Are you able to stick the knife into your opponent's heart while they look at you with fear in their eyes? Life in the Arena turns everyone into sinners.

When a starving and homeless boy is kidnapped and brought to a modern-day gladiator arena, hidden deep within the abandoned city of Bimini, he is forced to fight for his life. The crude death matches are a source of enjoyment for Ryker, who resides over the Arena as its vicious master. Given the name Dog, the street boy must find a way to survive, even if it means murdering other innocent kids in combat at the expense of his humanity. With every dead body he leaves behind in the pit, the blood and the violence threatens to wake a beast inside him.

Allegra, a slave girl in the pits and a victim of Ryker's constant abuse, is his only key to salvation. She has lost everything already -- her family, her innocence, and her dignity -- while her will to live hangs on by a thin thread. Can she save Dog's humanity before she too succumbs to the horrors of the Arena? With death casting it's long shadow over everyone, how can anyone survive?

A tale about survival, tragedy, and human perseverance, SHADOW OF WRATH allows us a glimpse into the world of the Sins of the 7.

Shadow of Wrath is a chilling story about young boys who are kidnapped from their homes and forced to fight for their lives in a gladiator type arena. The only way out is through death. The boys who have survived have been there for years, being starved, abused and murdering others just to survive.

A no-named homeless boy is kidnapped and when he wakes up he is chained in a locked cell, with a name, Dog. Realizing pretty quickly the only way to survive is to kill, Dog does what he has to do, and becomes everyone favorite fighter quickly.

Allegra has been a slave in the arena for years, and does whatever she can to make the boys lives a little easier. She might not have to fight for her life, but she lives in constant fear and is abused everyday by the owner of the arena, Ryker.

Ryker is a sick, sick man. He loves to see the boys fight for their lives and does horrible things to make the fights more entertaining. For example, before a fight, he ordered the arms of both boys to be broken, just to make the fight more interesting. It was things like this that kept me thinking of this story days after I finished it.

I really enjoyed Dog and Allegra as characters. Allegra had this innocence about her, despite everything she has seen. Dog was a very interesting character. The psych major in me was so intrigued! You could tell that he was a good person, but was never given the opportunity to be good.

As disturbing as this story was, I really enjoyed it. I just wanted a happy ending for these characters and was not ready, or expecting the ending that I got! There were a lot of twists that I did not see coming either. I am interested to see where this story will go next, since it ended in a very interesting way. 

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