Wednesday, 19 October 2016

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Wolf's Empire 1: Gladiator - Claudia Christian

Release Date: 13/07/16
Publisher: Forge


When her mother and brother are murdered, young noblewoman Accala Viridius cries out for vengeance. But the empire is being torn apart by a galactic civil war, and her demands fall on deaf ears. Undeterred, Accala sacrifices privilege and status to train as a common gladiator. Mastering the one weapon available to her - a razor-sharp discus that always returns when thrown - she enters the deadly imperial games, the only arena where she can face her enemies. But Fortune's wheel grants Accala no favours - the emperor decrees that the games will be used to settle the civil war, the indigenous lifeforms of the arena world are staging a violent revolt, and Accala finds herself drugged, cast into slavery and forced to fight on the side of the man she set out to kill. Set in a future Rome that never fall, but instead expanded to become a galaxy spanning empire, Accala's struggle to survive and exact her revenge will take her on a dark journey that will cost her more than she ever imagined.


An unusual title and one that I just absolutely loved to spend time with as Claudia not only gave me one hell of adventure to set the stars on fire but delivered a principle character that I felt that i not only had a connection with but wanted to see her achieve her goals no matter how insurmountable they seemed.

The writing was crisp, the prose delightful and for me it was how Accala Viridius grew as the tale developed taking what was initially a quest for vengeance into something bigger as she starts to see the bigger picture of what she faces. All round a great start to a series and one I can't wait to see what will happen next. Magic.

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