About The Author: 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.
“They’d talked long into the night until their voices became hoarse. Until their memories hung like bright stars all around them”
I think your enjoyment of this book will depend on your expectations going into it. I was lead to believe this was about a female gladiator, and I think the cover blurb is very misleading. BUT I also want to say that I really enjoyed the story all the same – for what it was. (even if what it was, wasn’t what I had expected) All of the characters were well developed and I think they have great potential for further growth in the sequel. The pace kept me turning the page with action as well as intrigue.
Attia was the main character and while she wasn’t a gladiator, she was an incredible warrior who kicked ass better than the boys. And despite the lack of arena fighting, there was a lot of action and bloodshed so you won’t be let down there. Attia was also sharp, stubborn and incredibly loyal. Her need for vengeance didn’t make her ruthless and cold, she still had room for love in her heart and I liked that about her. I find cold-hearted killers looking for vengeance unrealistic. If you don’t feel you wouldn’t want vengeance. Xanthos was the muscliest cinnamon roll I have ever met. He was fierce but so honorable, he never pushed Attia even though he was in a position of power and he respected (even admired) her ability to look after herself. The romance wasn’t the only relationship I enjoyed though. Attia develops a connection with a look girl she looks after and they warmed my heart so much. I also loved Xanthos’s brother gladiators, they all had such personality.
A note on the historical accuracy. I can’t really speak to that, as I am not well versed in the history of that time and place. Also, the full history of Spartacus isn’t well known to anyone. Personally, I like where the author chose to take the story and what parts of history she wove in with her own creativity. (I don’t want to say too much here because of spoilers but for those of you curious those are my thoughts on it)
The ending was a little a bit predictable, the story leaves the characters in a position to fight or flee and of course, Attias fury leads her to choose fight. The fire that burns within Attia is what makes me want to read the sequel. Perhaps, there will be more gladiators and arenas, I can’t be sure. There is certain to be more plotting and death so I’m interested in reading it; I think it has potential to be epic. However, I can’t say that this book left me desperate for the conclusion. For that reason, I’m giving Blood and Sand a solid 4 stars.
And now for the (GIVEAWAY)!! Which Includes:
1 Hardback of Blood and Sand by C.V.Wyk (US & Canada)
1 Themed Candle, 1 Handmade Bookmark, 1 Window Cling & Stickers!
Thank you for reading my review of Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyck. This ARC was provided by Sunday Street Team in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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