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In Cleve Lamison’s hard-hitting debut, two young men divided by an intense hatred—yet marked with a common destiny—have the power to save the world . . . or destroy it. It’s been two thousand years since the bastard spawn of the god Creador lost their war to enslave humankind, transforming the Thirteen Kingdoms into a violent world where the martial arts are exalted as sacred gifts from the gods—and honor is won through arena blood sport. Paladin Del Darkdragón, a sixteen-year-old warrior-in-training, is a “half-breed.” His battle against pure-blood bullies like Fox the Runt has forced him to master the four fighting forms. But when he blends them, he is condemned as a heretic by authorities and banished from the training temples. Seeking redemption, he enrolls in the arena games, savage trials that end in death. This year’s games mask an old plot driven by a new prophet. With a horde of Creador’s Bastards and an army of fanatics led by Fox the Runt at his command, the Prophet will bend the world to his will or burn it to ash. Paladin faces an impossible choice: redeem his honor in a fight he can’t hope to survive, or abandon his loved ones to perish in the sweeping holy war consuming the Kingdoms.Pages: 286
Published by Random House Publishing Group Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, General, Science Fiction
This was a well written fantasy novel and not a standalone. It’s important to know this so that you understand that the extensive world building was necessary to lay the foundation for this series. I give major points to the author for having a duel POV between the protagonist and antagonist. That was cool. It really added to the story.
The fighting was exciting and fun. I liked both Padalin and Fox. They were great characters. They were really well developed. They were younger than I expected, but I still liked them. I liked their mindsets as they fought especially. I think that the fighting was actually my favorite part. That being said, I found religion, racism, class war quite interesting.
If you are a fan of the fantasy genre, I think you will enjoy this book. The action is fantastic and I was completely intrigued with the fantasy world created. I was left with a few questions, but suspect they will be answered in the following books.
My only complaint was that this book felt like it took forever to read. I don’t know if it was slow, or just so full of information that I was exhausted, but it felt LONG. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I swore I read for weeks. 😉
I will definitely keep an eye out for the next book in this series.
Overall I give this book 3 stars and pair it with several kamikaze shots!
Purchase link – Full-Blood Half-Breed