Author: Ashlyn Forge
Published: July 2015 (originally October 9th 2014)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, M/M
Pages: 290 pages
Source: Paperback purchased from Amazon
Book Blurb (Goodreads):
Desperation knows no bounds for a nobleman broke. With his family’s estate on the brink of ruin, nineteen-year-old Galen has few dignified options left.
So when a sickly fighter named Osbourne falls into his servitude, Galen embraces the chance with arms wide open. Winnings from a good death match would offset his family’s staggering debt.
Desperation can only take him so far, however, when he realizes that strong, violent, fearless, and skilled Osbourne is also mentally impaired.
Forcing a simpleton into the ring is a line Galen hesitates to cross. There’s no easy way to get rid of this servant, though, especially now that Osbourne’s twin is hunting for Galen’s head. Not to mention the very dangerous men who want their promised fight.
This is a book that really caught my interest when I first read about it and I was really keen to read it and I even supported the author at the time by running a giveaway of this book way back in 2014. It took me a really long time to get around to reading the book myself, but I finally did and it’s one that I can cross off my list of books I’ve had for more than two years and not read yet.
One of the things that grabbed my interest about this book was the class system in the world that was shown to me. There were nobles and lessers, there were rules about hierarchy and what was acceptable and what wasn’t. It was interesting to see this system from the perspective of a noble heir who was on the verge of losing everything. Couple that with people who had special elemental abilities and the entire world seemed fascinating.
The downside is that I didn’t feel there was really enough of a story. I found the plot to be really lacking. I also didn’t particularly like Galen as a character. I found he bounced between being the meek and stressed young heir of a noble household who was a character you could feel yourself liking, to the super aggressive alpha male type character who was just a douchebag most of the time.
The entire plot is down to Galen trying to rescue his failing household which was actually a rather interesting show of young love and family love and pride. The downside is that this part of the plot is drowned out by his pursuit of his improbable suitor. The focus on the romance pushes the main plot to the side and goes off on tangents, in my opinion, that it doesn’t really need to. I do feel that the whole pursuit and we should/we shouldn’t cycle was drawn out too much. It slowed everything down too much for my liking.
While I found some parts of this story to be interesting and enjoyable, the book as a whole was not for me.
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