Jan 23, 2018

The story of female Spartacus || Blood and Sand by C.V.Wyk ( Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway)

Title : Blood and Sand
Author : C.V.Wyk
Publisher : Tor Teen
Release Date : January 16th 2018
Synopsis : 

The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus...

For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.

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...

Spartacus was one of my favourite movies growing up. It was a combination of two things I loved - history and violence ( I know, I was such a morbid child ), and my dad got me obsessed over the movie. I still get chills over the "I'm Spartacus" scene. So when I heard about a book that asks the question, 'what if Spartacus was a female?', I knew I had to read it.

Attia was once the warrior princess of Thrace. But she's now a slave in Rome, given as a prize to her master's best gladiator Xanthus. Both Xanthus and Attia have had their country, family, freedom, peace and life taken away by the Romans, and both warriors live with vengeance in their heart, and when it breaks out, rises the rebellious hero, Spartacus.

Blood and Sand was absolutely glorious. The author doesn't hold back on anything, and I loved that. The book is as bloody, action packed, thrilling and happening as you would expect a story set in ancient Rome would be. It is a tale that will keep you hooked, and is a gripping page turner you wouldn't be able to put down at any instance.

When I say that Attia was badass, I am not exaggerating. I have read about countless MCs who were supposed to be fighters, yet hardly engage in any action. Attia is not all talk and no play, she demonstrates that she is every bit of a warrior princess she claims to be. When she fights, I got chills. She's fierce to the bone, and it's hard not to fall in love with her. 

Xanthus totally surprised me. I was expecting an aloof hardened warrior, but what I got was a cinnamon roll. He is a gladiator who's been pushed to the arena since he was a little boy, and as he kills each man, the mount of regret in his heart increases. But as a person, he's so sweet and soft, and just so gentle with Attia from the beginning. 

Their romance was great, however I would've preferred a bit more slow burn. That being said, they had a great partnership, and my shipper heart was sailing when they fought together. Speaking of, the fight scenes in the book were perfect. This was no lazy sparring, it was brutal, bloody and so aptly descriptive that I could exactly visualize the moves as I read them.

Blood and Sand is an instant recommendation if you're a YA historical fiction fan, and love some action in your reads. The book left me desperate for the sequel, and despite my usual habit of abandoning of series, I knew that Fire and Ash is a sequel that I will definitely read.


Tor Teen has provided 3 Hardcovers to be sent to 3 winners in the US or Canada. You must be 12 years or older to enter.

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