Friday, April 26, 2013

*TOUR: REVIEW+GIVEAWAY* Shadow of Wrath by L.W. Patricks

Title: Shadow of Wrath
Author: L.W. Patricks
Series: Sins of the 7 (#1)
Pages:  300
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: March 13, 2013
Publisher: Strange Crow Publishing
Event Organized By: Xpresso Book Tours
Visit the other stops: Tour Schedule
Source Of Copy/Format: provided by author/tour
Buy Links: Amazon | Kobo | Smashwords
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
In the Arena, you're either a killer or a victim.

If survival meant murdering an innocent person in cold blood every week, could you do it? Are you able to stick the knife into your opponent's heart while they look at you with fear in their eyes? Life in the Arena turns everyone into sinners.

When a starving and homeless boy is kidnapped and brought to a modern-day gladiator arena, hidden deep within the abandoned city of Bimini, he is forced to fight for his life. The crude death matches are a source of enjoyment for Ryker, who resides over the Arena as its vicious master. Given the name Dog, the street boy must find a way to survive, even if it means murdering other innocent kids in combat at the expense of his humanity. With every dead body he leaves behind in the pit, the blood and the violence threatens to wake a beast inside him.

Allegra, a slave girl in the pits and a victim of Ryker's constant abuse, is his only key to salvation. She has lost everything already -- her family, her innocence, and her dignity -- while her will to live hangs on by a thin thread. Can she save Dog's humanity before she too succumbs to the horrors of the Arena? With death casting it's long shadow over everyone, how can anyone survive?

A tale about survival, tragedy, and human perseverance, SHADOW OF WRATH allows us a glimpse into the world of the Sins of the 7.
My Review
Of all the reviews I have written, I must admit this one by far has been the most difficult. Shadow of Wrath will haunt my memories for many years to come. My tears have yet to cease, from this dreadful tale of death and remorse. This story is not for those of faint heart. If you can read this novel without it hitting a nerve deep within you, I am certain humanity has left you. This book will send chills down your spine and tear down all of your defenses. It presents evil at such magnitude, that even the most demented mind would find terrifying. I don’t understand how people can find entertainment in violence; it shows how truly malicious humans can be.

This read was a brutal one. My heart bleeds for each of the gruesome deaths that transpired within the pages of this book. The raw emotion of survival is proven to be the most dangerous. I cannot conceive how it would feel to be in the arena and forced to fight for my life. I am almost certain that I would be unable to kill another to save myself. However, that is exactly what Dog is faced with many times over. People perceive him as a monster, a cold blooded killer. He is convinced that he losing touch with his humanity and this thought terrifies him. Dog underestimates his self because in the end his courage brings light to this otherwise hopeless situation. Even the worst type of monster can redeem his self and Dog achieves this incredible feat various times. 

I felt such a connection to many of the characters in this story. I could feel their pain and it hurt me to know that I was unable to help comfort them. Most of them were young children, who had their innocence ripped away by an evil and callous man. What was more heart-breaking, were the scenes when the children protected one another and died together with bravery. The pure emotions that came from each character were very genuine, making the events that unfolded even harder to stomach. 

I stepped away from this novel a changed person. I feel the urge to go out and do something good for this world. Anything that will bring happiness to someone, just in an effort to show that humanity hasn’t vanished yet. Maybe if we work together, we can prevent the evil from becoming a reality. Who’s with me?
What You Can Win:

$25.00 Amazon gift card (Open INT)

*Note: This tour-wide giveaway is being funded & managed by the author* 
L.W. Patricks is the author of SHADOW OF WRATH and the literary architect behind the upcoming Sins of the 7 series with his second book: AWAKE THE GHOSTS to be published late 2013.

His short fiction works has been published by Crow Toes Quarterly Magazine, Fiction and Verse literary magazine, and upcoming Denizens of the Dark. He enjoys writing contemporary fantasy with an emphasis on creating urban mythology for his stories.

Though he calls Toronto his home, L.W. Patricks has a passion for exploration and has travelled all over the world including Germany, Netherlands, Italy, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Austria, United Kingdom, Thailand, Hong Kong, Cambodia just to name a few. His diverse experience amongst other cultures provides inspiration for his stories.

He currently lives in Toronto with his wife where he enjoys the scorching summer days and the icy winter nights while masquerading as a Word Samurai. He claims to be the offspring of a typewriting chimp and a literary ninja. 

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