Thursday, May 3, 2018

Book Review: THE SAVIOR'S CHAMPION by Jenna Moreci


"Tobias Kaya doesn't care about The Savior. He doesn't care that She's the Ruler of the realm or that She purified the land, and he certainly doesn't care that She's of age to be married. But when competing for Her hand proves to be his last chance to save his family, he's forced to make The Savior his priority. Now Tobias is thrown into the Sovereign's Tournament with nineteen other men, and each of them is fighting — and killing — for the chance to rule at The Savior's side. Instantly his world is plagued with violence, treachery, and manipulation, revealing the hidden ugliness of his proud realm. And when his circumstances seem especially dire, he stumbles into an unexpected romance, one that opens him up to unimaginable dangers and darkness."
—Amazon Plot Description

This is the second book I’ve read by Jenna Moreci. I read her first novel, Eve: The Awakening, about a year ago. The Savior's Champion, in my opinion, has all the strengths of Eve: The Awakening, and also succeeds in areas where Eve fell short. The pacing of The Savior’s Champion is perfect, the romance had me enthralled, and I was on the edge of my seat reading the fight scenes and the tournament challenges.

The main character Tobias and the supporting characters were very enjoyable, and I can’t think of anything negative to say about them. Tobias was a sympathetic character who you can’t help but root for, Leila was a fascinating heroine, I completely understand why Delphi is so many readers' favorite character, and I grew very attached to Tobias’s comrades—except Flynn. Screw that guy. Out of the twenty men who take part in the Sovereign’s Tournament, Orion was my favorite; I have a soft spot for boy scout types with long hair, beards, tragic backstories, and bodies ripped like lumberjacks.

I was obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology growing up, and so I loved the Greco-Roman inspired setting of The Savior’s Champion. The lore surrounding this world is interesting, although I’d very much like to see it fleshed out more in the sequels. The characters often refer to “God,” but I don’t know which deity they’re specifically addressing, be it the Abrahamic God, a Greco-Roman deity like Zeus, or an original deity invented for this novel. It’s also never clarified what this deity’s connection is to The Savior. I’m not sure if this is meant to be an entirely fictional world, or if it’s supposed to be set in historic Greece or the Roman Empire. This isn’t a criticism, mind you, these are just details I’m curious about.

There are a few nitpicks I have with this book. Firstly, I predicted the plot twist by Chapter 3. This doesn’t bother me personally, but I think some readers would prefer a surprise ending that’s actually surprising. Another issue, still fairly minor in my opinion, is that the dialogue sounds oddly modern sometimes. I have nothing against the excessive cussing (you wouldn’t believe the number of times the C-word gets dropped), but I did find it odd when (in Chapter 12) Tobias referred to a meeting with The Savior as “a date.” Modern colloquialisms like that can take me out of a historically-inspired setting. And lastly, there’s the simplistic antagonists who are evil just for the sake of being evil. This is something that bothered me in Eve: The Awakening too. Now this wasn’t a problem for the characters of Kaleo, Antaeus, and Drake; I really loved hating these irredeemable scumbags. However, I was hoping Brontes, The Savior’s father, would be more interesting, as this novel seems to be setting him up as the main antagonist of the series. In the end, complex protagonists and simplistic antagonists are better than the other way around, but I still like more complex antagonists. Again, these are minor nitpicks, and I don’t think they hurt the enjoyability of this story. I give The Savior’s Champion 5 out of 5 stars.

The Savior's Champion is available on Amazon.com

"Jenna Moreci is a Silicon Valley native and Youtube sensation, dominating the authortube community with her straightforward and hilarious writing channel. A lifelong storyteller, Jenna specializes in crafting thrilling adventures with heaping doses of bloodshed and romance. When she's not writing or 'tubing, Jenna enjoys angry music, potent wine, and laughing until her face hurts with her goofball fiancĂ©."
—Amazon Author Biography

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