Review: Shadow of Wrath & $25 Amazon GC Giveaway!

22 April, 2013 / 1 Comment

Shadow of Wrath by L.W. Patricks
My Copy: ePub eBook, 232 pages
Publication Date: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Strange Crow Publishing
Source: Received a copy from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review and as a part of a 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.

A homeless boy is kidnapped from the streets and finds himself imprisoned in a far more horrifying place: The Arena, a place where teenage boys fight to the death for the pleasure of carious lowlifes.

The Arena is the brainchild of Ryker, an ex-convict addicted to alcohol, gladiatorial-esque combats, and money. When not devising new ways for boys to kill each other, he’s ruling his small empire with a ruthless fist, rewarding his guards with sex slaves and punishing those who oppose him with barbaric executions.

Renamed Dog, the boy from the street proves to be an excellent fighter and finds himself surviving week after week, but as he leaves a trail of bodies in his wake, the ghosts of slain boys haunt him and the violence threatens to wake a beast inside him.

Allegra, a slave girl in the Arena 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?

Seeking to defy Ryker as Dog rises to power as his champion, the stage is set for something to give in this murderous world of young combatants.

A tale about survival, tragedy, and human perseverance, the Complete SHADOW OF WRATH is the first book in the Sins of the 7 series.

My Review
When I first read the synopsis for this book, I thought it was going to be soooo good.  How could it not be? Did you read that synopsis??  The synopsis sounds so incredibly bad ass and really had me excited to read this book, but the story-telling does not do the synopsis justice.  I didn’t like the first half of Shadow of Wrath.  I actually thought about putting it down many times.  But, I pushed through and found the ending to actually be pretty good.  The story has a very dark tone throughout.  Even the ending, though it had happy-ending qualities, felt dark and depressing.

The characters were weakly developed, at least at first.  The reader would get a sneak peak inside of the character of Dog or Allegra, but then it would stop and not go any farther.  Though, in the epilogue, we are able to see more of Dog’s history and part of what made him who he is in the story.

Shadow of Wrath is unique in the way that the story is told.  It’s in third person narration through the perspectives of a few different characters.  It also showed some journal entries of characters that were not in the main story, which was interesting.  I found it refreshing to see a YA Dystopia told this way.  But, I didn’t think it was executed very well.  I felt like a lot of the action scenes, especially at the beginning, were not made out to be as intense as they should have been.  I didn’t feel that intensity or raw emotion that should have been projected onto the reader while Dog was fighting in the Arena (until the end).  Thus, it was difficult to connect or sympathize with him.  By the ending, though, I definitely was able to feel sympathy for the characters.  But it took until the end, which is disappointing.
3 stars blue
A Peek Inside:
He had spent his whole life surviving, and if
it meant taking another life in order to do so,
he had no qualms over it. He was not weak.

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