Arena 13 by Joseph Delaney

I have recently bought the trilogy of this series without even knowing what it was about due to me liking the cover of the first book. So let’s see what I think about a book I don’t know anything about.

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.

Taken from goodreads

From the off Leif becomes a very likeable character, he is a very confident fighter but not too confident where he thinks he doesnt need to listen to other people, he seems easy to get on with, which makes reading about him fun. However at times he does let he rage control him and in certain situations you do wish he would just shut up and stay quiet.

At times I do think that the story is a little rushed, but that doesnt mean I didn’t enjoy my time with the book. We get to see Leif progress as a fighter, which is the main point of the story but it is in fact his progression with other characters that I found to be very fun to read about. Kwin is Tyron’s daughter and is basically forbidden, but that doesnt mean Leif isn’t falling for her even if she does have a boyfriend already. The main reason why I think the story is a little rushed is because in the whole book it doesnt feel like Leif progressed at all as a character, as a fighter, yes of course he did but as a person not really.

I will give props to the fighting scenes and how they are written, you sort of look forward to a new fight about to happen, this is because we get to be inside of Leif’s head and see how he is going to react in certain situations and those are really fun to read.

Overall, it is an okay start to a series but I do hope that he spends a little bit more time focusing on progressing Leif as a character and see some of his other relationships progress. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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