Arena 13 Trilogy, Book 1
Synopsis: Welcome to Arena 13. Here warriors fight. Death is never far away . . .
Leif has one ambition: to become the best fighter in the notorious Arena 13. Here, punters place wagers on which fighter will draw first blood. And in grudge matches, they bet on which fighter will die.
But the country is terrorized by the creature Hob, an evil being who delights in torturing its people, displaying his devasting power by challenging an Arena 13 combatant in a fight to the death whenever he chooses. And this is exactly what Leif wants . . .
For he knows Hob’s crimes well. and at the heart of his ambition burns the desire for vengeance. Leif is going to take on the monster who destroyed his family. Even if it kills him.
Review: Joseph Delaney has created an interesting world although sometimes a little too complex. I liked the similarity between the programming lacres and the programming computers. However, I expect now a lot from the author about the lacres and their consciences in the next book.
The characters are well introduced but I could not connect with the hero, Leif, neither with Kwin (I hope that she will grow up fast and change her behavior). The author has a nice writing-style that allowed me to enjoy this book despite this lack of attachment to the characters. The last part of the book deserved to be a bit more developed too.
It is a good read that makes you want to know what happens next. Attention to sensitive readers because there are bloody scenes; from 13 years old seems ok to me.
I tried this book with the Lecthot bookclub in exchange for my review.