Book Review: The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci
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Jenna Moreci has a dedicated youtube page focused on writing advice. It is important her own written works fit in with that advice. If you are one of her many subscribers you can breathe a sigh of relief. in her second self-published novel; “The Savior’s Champion” encapsulates all of her guidance. She really does walk the walk.
The book follows Tobias as he enters the savior’s tournament in order to provide a better life for his family. While in the tournament he must face certain death all for the sake of winning the hand of a woman he has absolutely no interest in. A path fully worth it if he can give his crippled sister a better life. Things become complicated when he meets a healer. Their relationship turns into a scandal that jeopardizes his entire mission.
The pacing stands out in this novel. Jenna never once allows the reader to be bored. Right from the get-go, the plot is moving. The narrative never gets mired in unnecessary details about the color of tapestries. All of the world building is done through character dialogue and it feels natural.
It would have been easy to dismiss this as another hunger games knock off. Her character development keeps it from falling into the whole gladiatorial tournament of death premise trap. The stakes are set high from the beginning, as death can come to a character you love. The romance is a breath of fresh air for this genre. In most fantasy, the love story is an afterthought. Here it takes center stage. The romance could easily overshadow the rest of the story and just become a sleazy airport romance novel. Thankfully Tobias and Laya’s relationship actually feels natural. Even among the death and gore.
If you enjoy fantasy, this is a must-read.
reviewed and submitted by mike j. kelly [website]
• Series: Savior’s (Book 1)
• Author: Jenna Moreci
• Publisher: Jenna Moreci (October 23, 2018)
• Pages: 562
• Language: English