Title: Blood and Sand
Author: C.V. Wyk
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy
Publication Date: January 16, 2018
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.
Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create 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’m not gonna beat around the bush here. You need this book in your life. Buy a copy, get a copy from your library, borrow from a friend. Do whatever it is you need to do to get your hands on this one, because it is so, so good.
I don’t even really know where to start, so I’ll gush about the characters for a bit. Obviously, you have Attia and Xanthus, who are both total badasses that you’ll want the world for. You also have the other gladiators, and I cannot express to you how much I love the banter between Xanthus and the other gladiators. You can clearly see that they’re all like brothers to each other. They’re also downright hilarious sometimes. Without spoiling anything, there’s a scene involving a ham bone that had me literally wheezing because I was laughing so hard. Each character has their own distinct personality, and there are characters like Lucretia that are so heartbreakingly complex and well written that you’ll find your heart aching for them.
The action scenes are so intense, and they’re written in a way that’s more or less cinematic. You can see everything happening in your head like an epic movie. C. V. Wyk did an amazing job at building the world, and making you feel like you’re right there with the characters. experiencing their losses and triumphs. The pacing is perfect, as it’s not too fast or too slow. Everything comes together so well, and it makes Blood and Sand a real page turner.
I absolutely cannot wait to see where this series goes, especially with an ending as explosive as Blood and Sand has. I give it 5 out of 5 stars, and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.