Blood And Sand: A Novel by C. V. WykBlood And Sand: A Novel by C. V. Wyk

Blood And Sand: A Novel

byC. V. Wyk

Hardcover | January 16, 2018

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FORGED IN BATTLE...
FROM THE DUST OF THE ARENA...
A LEGEND WILL RISE

The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic-and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus...

For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire-an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master's favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end-and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus...

The story continues in Fire and Ash, coming in 2019 from Tor Teen.

C. V. WYK graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in English Literature and European History. Blood and Sand is her first novel. Born in Los Angeles, California, she now lives in Maryland. Look for her online on Twitter and Tumblr.
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Title:Blood And Sand: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.57 × 5.79 × 1.19 inPublished:January 16, 2018Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0765380099

ISBN - 13:9780765380098

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review *Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own. This is another long overdue review. I’m trying my best to catch up, and there are a million reasons for why my reviews are all being written so late, but that doesn’t make me feel any less guilty. Blood and Sand was a very enjoyable read. There was plenty of action to spare, and the characters were well done. Little Rory was precious, Rory’s brother (whose name I forget because I read this in February) was such an interesting character to watch, and his story was kind of heartbreaking, and Xanthus and Attia were fantastic. Be warned however, that there are a lot of characters with similar names. It got hard to follow sometimes. I would say it’s pretty authentic to have so many people would have similar names (thanks Romans… you made it so easy to study your history (sarcasm)), but I thought I’d leave a warning regardless. Speaking of the historical aspects, this book came to me at the perfect time. I was in the second half of my classics class, which was conveniently on the Romans. It was so interesting to see what the author chose to include, especially which Spartacus rumor she chose to follow (the one that he was Thracian). The historical aspects make me even more excited for book 2, because I hope it has to do with Spartacus’ slave revolt. There was an added element of surprise for me with this book, because I missed the whole thing where the concept of this was “what if Spartacus was a girl” (since we know next to nothing about “him”), so I had no idea which of our main characters was going to turn out to be Spartacus. A few things were moved around and changed history wise (such as the creation of a Princeps that didn’t exist), but the decisions behind those changes were explained in the author’s note. All in all, despite a few things that were moved around and changed to fit the narrative, Blood and Sand appeared to be fairly well researched. Actually, the other thing I’m a bit iffy on is the gladiator bit, since I’ve learned a few things on gladiators since finishing Blood and Sand that basically ruins every gladiator-centric Hollywood movie you’ve watched. Gladiators really weren’t killed in the ring that often. However, one thing I didn’t like about Blood and Sand was the sudden POV changes mid-chapter. It made the story hard to follow. Like we would be with Attia and Rory, and then it would suddenly cut to Xanthus practicing. The problem was the story was told in first person POV, so it was disorienting to suddenly be in someone else’s head. I kept thinking I’d missed a whole paragraph. The ARC didn’t have page breaks, so maybe it has some in the finished copy. (I just checked my finished copy, and there are page breaks) The story also never really gripped me. I enjoyed Blood and Sand, but it never sucked me in. That is, until the end. I am still in denial about something that happened at the end months later. Overall, Blood and Sand was an enjoyable and well-researched read, earning it 4 stars out of 5.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blood and Sand I love ancient Rome and I loved this play on gladiators
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New All Time Favourite WELL HELLO NEW ADDITION TO MY FAVOURITE BOOKS EVER LIST. Let’s be honest – you can hear all kinds of GREAT things about a book through hype or from your favourite reviewers, but everybody’s reading experience is personal. Which is why, despite ONLY having read four and five star reviews about Blood and Sand, I was a little skeptical going in. (I’m skeptical about everything, though. #PessimistLife) And yet, C.V. Wyk’s debut novel BLEW MY MIND and had me SERIOUSLY INVESTED in her characters and at the edge of my seat, waiting for more. Which reminds me, IF SOMEONE COULD KINDLY HAND ME THE SEQUEL NOW, IT WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED. HONESTLY. Let’s break this down. MY THOUGHTS: 1. The pace of this book was STUNNING. It was fast paced but not brutal and there was never a dull moment. I loved who C.V. Wyk unravelled and created this world, made us fall for her characters and their need to be free from their chains and IT WAS SUCH AN INSPIRING, WONDEROUS, BRILLIANT STORY. 2. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED ATTIA AND HER WARRIOR SPIRIT. She was truly an epic, unafraid, weapon wielding badass who let absolutely NOTHING stand in her way and nothing dampen who she was. Her pain was raw, her healing from her tragedy was beautiful and GOD SHE WAS JUST SUCH A WONDEROUS CHARACTER TO FALL IN LOVE WITH. 3. This book was set in Rome and there were Gladiator brothers, scandals, politics, slaves and everything FELT SO AUTHENTIC AND YET, there was no brutality, making this book suitable for younger readers as well. Also, SPARTACUS WAS FEMALE. THIS BOOK HAD A FEMALE BADASS REBEL AND UGH IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. 4. The fierce undefeated gladiator, Xanthus, who is also the Champion of Rome was an ADORABLE MUFFIN AT HEART and it took me all of one chapter in his point of view to fall for him. I LOVED HIS PEACEFUL SPIRIT, HIS LOYALTY and most of all, HIS RESPECTFULNESS TOWARDS ATTIA. Yes for boys in literature that show that nothing is MORE IMPORTANT THAN CONSENT. 5. The ending, the last scene and WHAT IT ALL MEANS FOR BOOK TWO was mind blowing. I also don’t THINK that a certain aspect of the ending will remain in book two and I’m really hoping for that. 6. The only minus point to this book was the AMOUNT OF SECONDARY CHARACTERS (like Xanthus’ gladiator brothers) that were introduced so fast, I didn’t get to know them and I BARELY remember their names. (There was a dude with ‘a’ and another with ‘I’? I don’t KNOW?) Should you read this book?! YES. RIGHT NOW. GO. READ. IT. An absolute masterpiece from a debut author that will make you fall in love, make you hope, leave you in awe and inspired by it's wonderful cast. 5 GLOWING, SWORD SHAPED STARS.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Blood and Sand Indeed!! Blood and Sand was a grand tale of love and loyalty. Where I initially felt impartial to the book cover it grew on me as I read. I love how it shows off Attia's fierceness. The flame and chaos in the background couldn't be more accurate. Before Blood and Sand I had yet to read any story set in historical Rome let alone a gender-swapped retelling of Spartacus. Needless to say I was really excited to crack it open. The world-building was abundant and sharp. I really enjoyed stepping into this ancient time. Just a note that there is graphic violence and abuse in the story. They can be unsettling but given the time period and the master and slave statuses they were hard to avoid. Attia was fearless. Even when she was supposed to be cowed she did not relent. While it was hard to swallow the injustices, Attia made the best of her situations and used them to her advantage. Not only was she loyal and honourable, she was gentle and loving beneath her prickly sometimes harsh exterior. Attia deserved every bit of respect. I have no doubt she'd go to the ends of the world to avenge her fallen loved ones and see justice served. Romance played a huge motivator in Blood and Sand but it was little in presence. Just enough to form a connection and for the intensity between Attia and Xanthus to show. Neither one wanted any attachments but it was impossible to ignore their growing feelings. The two of them stood for goodness even if so much bad stood in their way. While not quite a cliffhanger ending, Blood and Sand does leave one wondering and eager for more. I will be here patiently awaiting the epic showdown that's bound to happen in the sequel, Fire and Ash!
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Are you not entertained?" (Russell Crowe Gladiator voice) Me: YES I AM! I cannot recall a moment during my read where I was waning and teetering on the edge of boredom. That didn’t exist for me. It had me engaged from page one and by the end I was rendered breathless. I loved how the author let us into the history of Rome without bombarding us with facts. She just slides in the details, like the kingdoms and peoples the Romans massacred, the structure and layouts of the markets and palaces. The politics was one of the more trickier things to follow, but the author presents it to the reader in a simple way. Attia was fiercely stubborn, angry and she would literally cut (you down) if you got in her way. I loved that she was unconditionally and un-apologetically herself and still admitted that she was no where near perfect. Xanthus was a character that didn’t expect forgiveness for his sins, but asked for it anyways. He knew he was slave being controlled by a master puppeteer, but he didn’t let his humanity go. He has all the things to check off as a broody warrior book boyfriend. The action of this book keeps you on your toes, no characters were invincible and the stakes were very high. The ending was KILLER and I CANNOT WAIT for the sequel! If you want Rome in all it's bloody glory, you got it right here!
Date published: 2018-01-19

Editorial Reviews

"An action-packed debut novel. Attia makes an irresistible Spartacus... Revelations in the finale pave the way for what promises to be an epic battle in the next book." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"Only slightly similar in theme to Marie Rutkoski's The Winner's Curse, this debut is a unique addition to Ancient Roman historical fiction. This stunning series starter reads like a movie, with lengthy action scenes and strong imagery that allow readers to enjoy the narrative on a different level." -School Library Journal, starred review"The fights and battles are clear, exciting, and plentiful without being terribly graphic, and the love story, while a little quick, is deeply felt. Attia is a strong and skilled protagonist who, as the fiery ending indicates, has the tools and motivation to lead a rebellion." -Booklist"This is a textbook epic novel-sweeping fact, such as the volcanic destruction of Pompeii, and fiction into a tale of two heroes motivated by love for each other and conquered-nation pride. And it's a textbook that's fun reading on an after-chores Saturday or a curl-up-in-bed Sunday."-Kirkus Reviews"Readers looking for action, adventure, and historical fiction, don't miss out." -Kelly Gallucci, Bookish