I just finished reading it this week, and I got through it in two days, despite the fact that it was a 500 page book, so I guess you could say it is a page turner.
Here are my thoughts in no particular order (everything under the line contains spoilers!).
* From the beginning, I didn’t like the use of capitalisation. I’ll give you “The Savior” and I get that she’s almost like a deity to them, but “She” and “Her” and there were others… I just found it distracting.
* I loved that Tobias wasn’t going to enter The Sovereign’s Tournament. And he wasn’t. And he wasn’t. And then he was. I think she did that part really well.
* I guessed the twist from the first encounter between the main characters. I had a brief moment of hesitancy a couple of chapters later, because I thought it was too obvious to be the twist, but I was not wrong.
* I understand why Leila didn’t tell Tobias her identity in the beginning. Her explanation that she didn’t know if she could trust him back then and the stakes were too high made complete sense to me. I also get that she maybe didn’t feel comfortable revealing the secret in a moment when he was hating on the Savior, but still, there were countless opportunities for her tell him, which she didn’t take for no apparent reason.
* I liked the romance between Tobias and Leila. It was refreshing to read a book where characters have a healthy love and respect for each other, and set and respect boundaries. In no way did I feel like Leila was needing to be rescued, which was a pleasant change. Both characters brought equal value to the table. They saw one another for who they were, and respected each other.
* Speaking of their romance, I like that they didn’t love each other at first sight. Falling in love over a period of thirty days is pretty fast in normal circumstances, but I bought into the timeline considering that they are A) both young and inexperienced and B) in stressful life-or-death situations. Keanu Reeves says in Speed, “I have to warn you, I've heard relationships based on intense experiences never work;” they might not work in the long run, but it is not uncommon for them to develop or there wouldn’t be a saying.
* I didn’t get the labyrinth. It was a tunnel. Why? Just why?
* The Sovereign’s Tournament. Battle to the death. Why didn’t Kaleo, the Dragon and the Bear (forgot their names, sorry) not just kill all the rest on the first day when the Farmer was murdered? There was nothing stopping them, and it would have improved their odds.
* Why didn’t the competitors all just kill each other in the sanctuary? There were no consequences when Leila killed that guy (was his name Neill?) or when Enzo killed Caesar, so what was to stop someone from slitting their throats in their sleep one night?
* Speaking of forgetting names - don’t give me laurels if you’re going to switch between the laurels and the real names. I get that the laurels/ name situation was meant to be symbolic of the men’s objectification, but as a reader dealing with 20 characters, it’s just super confusing.
* All the sex dreams. Unnecessary.
* I felt like all the kissing scenes were described similarly. What, exactly, is a smooth kiss?
* The language. I get that these guys are all stuck together. There’s going to be locker-room talk, but surely they would all have their own vernacular, and surely they wouldn’t all make the same sexist, vulgar remarks all the time. I get that some people swear, but not everyone swears the same, and there are - believe it or not - people who don’t swear at all. Why not have the Savants be a little more intellectual, and the Lords a little higher class?
* I liked that the side characters had their own reasons and motivations for being there, and that they weren’t all the same. I even liked how the information didn’t come out all at once, although I know some readers hated being given the information and then having the character die or leave in the next chapter.
* The chapter length. As someone with poor impulse control, when I tell my husband at midnight, “I’m just going to finish reading this chapter,” and then I don’t finish until, I don’t know, 2am (okay, maybe an exaggeration), it makes life hard.
All that being said, I enjoyed the book, and I could see how she’d applied her principles for writing when composing the book, which was an interesting experience. I don’t know if I would read it again. It is very long, but I’m going to give The Savior’s Sister (the sequel) a go when it comes out.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3551 KB
- Print Length: 562 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079DFV95X
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 393 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,101 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)