Author – Ethan Luke
Genre – Thriller
221 Amazon Pages
Rating 5 stars out of 5 Posted 7/14/17
No. 49 - 2017
My impressions: gory, violent, excessive, loving relationship, redemption.
The main characters:
Atilius – a low-life thief with goodness buried deep within him.
Diana – an angelic female on earth to show Atilius the way to true love.
Braxes – evil incarnate, wealthy merchant and owner of slaves he feeds to the fighting pits for profit.
Early in the story Atilius steals from Braxes, is beaten nearly to death and left in a muddy alley to die. Diana finds him, nurses him back to health and they slowly fall in love.
Then after a devastating personal loss the story goes into overdrive when Atilius sells himself to Braxes to be a slave and fight in the pits. Is he only seeking death or does he aspire to absolution? For over a year he fights and wins in one bloody, brutal match after another as he learns to care for and defend a small circle of fellow slave gladiators.
Even as he survives the brutality of the fighting pits to provide entertainment to the repulsive spectators who encourage the beastly acts inflicted on the armed combatants, he manages to incur the wrath of Braxes.
I recommend this story except for those who can't stomach the thought of hacking, stabbing, burning and other acts to maim or kill human beings.
The book's editing and sentence structure are very good.
Character development in The Only Gold is insightful and gritty.
Details and research are thorough and reflect the times of gladiators perfectly.
The plot is intense and convoluted and keeps the reader guessing as to what could possibly happen next.
The writing style is intense and carries the reader from despair to exhilaration and down again in a continuous circle.
The only failing I found was the identical scars inflicted on both Atilius and Diana when they were very young; it was never explained how that came to be or the connection between them.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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